The Tony Awards were last night, and CBS and James Corden had the difficult challenge of putting on a celebrity awards show on the day of the deadliest mass shooting in American history. That despicable act of hate didn’t ruin the Tonys: if anything, it turned the annual Broadway awards extravaganza into a celebration of life and perseverance, an act of defiance against the terror the shooter tried to spread. A lot of people needed something like the Tonys after a long day of such sorrow and horror, and the show itself didn’t disappoint, with unforgettable performances, great comedy from the host and sketches, and a tasteful and graceful acknowledgement of the catastrophe in Orlando, both from the show itself and from Frank Langella, who gave a stirring, heartfelt speech while accepting his award for best leading actor in a play.
People tweeted about the Tonys all night, and some of them were funny. Some were hilarious, even. We combed through the assorted jokes and wisecracks on Twitter and came up with this brief gallery of the best of the best. Here are the funniest tweets about last night’s Tony Awards, courtesy of the following folks: