The Golden Globes have been, for the most part, a pretty sedate affair tonight. And yet, leave it to perennial lives of the party Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig to liven up the evening. Sort of. On a night where Hollywood is celebrating its finest talents, Wiig & Carell stopped the show to provide a huge laugh at a terribly sober subject: childhood trauma. You can watch the clip for yourself below, in all of its glory.
YouTube saves the day again, as they provided the clip of the hysterical gag between the seasoned comedians. The whole event starts with your usual banter, with haircuts and Hollywood being bandied about. And yet, as they launch into a bit about Steve Carell's first animated film experience, it seems like the laughs are about to die down for something more serious. But the moment Carell hits the punchline about how "Fantasia Day" was the day his father and mother split up, the audience broke into laughter as Carell's fake tears started. Which left Kristen Wiig holding the bag, and she took it with style.
Kristen Wiig's story of woe was related to how her grandfather brought her and her family to see Bambi after having to put the family dogs down. As if that wasn't bad enough, Wiig's yarn expands to her grandfather disappearing that day. With both presenters broken and sad, the evening's Best Animated Feature picks were announced, and the gag ended with a hysterical moment between Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, as they stood holding each other in a supportive embrace.
For a joke that could have gone on for too long, Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig made use of the time they had on stage in such a way that it kept the gag fresh for its entire run. It very easily could have been a cheap plug for Despicable Me 3, which is hitting theaters this summer. It could have been simple scripted banter, as any other presenter engages in. And yet, on a night where not all the jokes were hitting, these two talents knocked it out of the park as only they could.
It's moments like this that make Golden Globes night a joy to behold, as anything can happen and the jokes can get pretty brilliant at times. Here's hoping that Despicable Me 3 manages to cash in on the talents of Carell and Wiig just as equally, when it hits our theaters on June 30, 2017.