Good, Clean Fun At The Emmys

When Fallon creatives took home the Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial a week ago Sunday, they shared the stage with honorees ranging from Sharon Stone and William Shatner (who won for their guest appearances on ABC’s The Practice) to the winners in technical categories such as hairstyling and lighting. But the highlight for art director Steve Sage? “I used the urinal next to the blond guy [Carson Kressley] from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” Sage says. “I was afraid he was going to critique my style.”

Instead, the Bravo TV personality, who has turned his grossed-out expressions and witty reprimands into something of an art form, “got a phone call, and he left without washing his hands!” Sage reveals.

The outstanding-commercial award was the third-to-last given out during the three-and-a-half-hour Creative Arts ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Fallon staffers including producer Rob van de Weteringe Buys, group creative directors John Matejczyk and Steve Driggs and creative director Bruce Bildsten enjoyed hobnobbing with stars such as William H. Macy and Dan Castellaneta from The Simpsons. The Minneapolis shop has won three of the six outstanding-commercial honors given out (and had a second spot, “Interview,” for United Airlines, nominated this year). But they aren’t paparazzi favorites just yet. “We walked down the red carpet, but nobody took our picture,” Sage admits.