Best Affable Takedowns: Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood
Co-hosting the show for the seventh year in a row, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley's Jimmy Fallon-meets-modern-day-Hee Haw-style opening monologue of pun-rife topical parody, self-deprecating skits and hilariously hammy zingers is an institution within an institution at this point. Once again, the pair wasn't afraid to push the "Too soon?" envelope, taking on Ebola panic by recasting Dolly Parton's "Jolene" Weird Al-style as "Quarantined." They didn't pull punches roasting a front-row-seated George Strait right to his face — "I'm pretty sure when someone rides away they're supposed to go somewhere," ribbed Paisley. And they were damned sure not scared to take on Taylor Swift's recent breakup with country music, awkwardly coining a new mental health condition endemic to Nashville, Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder (or PPTSD). "Why isn’t our government doing something about this?” Paisley asked about the "disease." "I'm pretty sure that's why the Democrats lost the Senate," Underwood reasoned.