In a surprising turn of events at the 81st Golden Globes ceremony, the renowned comedian Jo Koy found himself facing the brunt of criticism for the quality of his jokes. Despite being a Comedy Central mainstay and a last-minute addition to the hosting lineup, Koy didn’t escape the disapproval of the audience, who were quick to express their dissatisfaction with the humor that unfolded throughout the night.
Koy, whose real name is Joseph Glenn Herbert, didn’t shy away from attributing the lackluster performance of his monologue to a variety of factors. He openly admitted that the short preparation time, coupled with the urgency of the gig, played a significant role in the less-than-impressive delivery. The comedian humorously recounted how, while others were celebrating the arrival of the New Year with champagne and festivities, he was locked away in a room binge-watching everything under the sun, including the series “Oppenheimer.”
Notably, Koy’s commentary on “Oppenheimer” sparked a moment of tension as he expressed his love for the series but cheekily suggested it needed an extra hour for more backstory. This prompted an unamused reaction from the film’s director, Christopher Nolan, leading Koy to quip, “That’s so stupid,” further escalating the comedic dynamics of the night.
The comedian’s attempt at humor reached a controversial peak when he compared two vastly different films of the summer blockbuster season – “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie.” Drawing attention to the stark contrast in subject matter, Koy remarked on the competition between a film based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the Manhattan Project and one centered around a plastic doll with, as he put it, “big boobies.” The audience response, marked by audible boos, reflected the divisive nature of the joke.
In a surprising twist, Koy shifted the blame for the questionable jokes onto his writing team, defending himself by revealing that the gig had landed in his lap merely ten days prior. Amidst the audience’s skepticism, he asserted, “You want a perfect monologue? Shut up! You’re kidding me, right? I wrote some of these, and they’re the ones you’re laughing at.”
Even popular singer Taylor Swift wasn’t spared from Koy’s comedic jabs, as he drew a comparison between the Golden Globes and the NFL, suggesting that the former had fewer camera shots of Swift. The camera cut to Swift, capturing her less-than-pleased expression as she took a sip of her drink, adding another layer to the unfolding drama of the night.
? Ouch- Taylor Swift didn’t like that joke ?? pic.twitter.com/H2cO5QLn7u
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