Leave a Comment
The 2019 Golden Globes featured quite a few fun, funny and unexpected moments that gave TV viewers a chance to chuckle in between all the award recipients' speeches. Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh got to voice most of those, but they weren't alone in delivering the goods, at least when there was still time to bring them out.
Below, we've rounded up some of the best jokes of the night, from the limited harsh barbs to the also limited goofy stunts. After all, it wouldn't be a Golden Globes ceremony without goofy stunts! Let's kick things off with something from that surprisingly calm and music-free intro.
That Aloha Joke: Ahead of delivering her magnificent mini-speech to the crowd about the past year of Hollywood diversity, Sandra Oh dropped a quick whopper of a joke that spoke to past years where things were not so positive for other cultures.
Crazy Rich Asians is nominated tonight... It is the first studio film with an Asian-American film since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha.
Sandra Oh followed that up by joking about Asian mothers having the same universally "meh" reaction to the film earning over $200 million. Parents are always the hardest people to impress, as well as critics.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Hear Her Roar: To present the award for Lead Actress in a Limited Series, a white-clad Jamie Lee Curtis took the stage with Ben Stiller. After he brought up that he'd directed the Showtime miniseries Escape from Dannemora -- whose Patricia Arquette took home the award -- Curtis set up an amusing and off-kilter moment that spoke to the power that actors (especially women) still have over their bosses.
Curtis: Um, what do directors do?
Stiller: They tell the actors what to do.
Curtis: [laughs for a few seconds] Okay, Ben.
That empowering joke actually came after this next line, but it spoke to the same general subject matter.
The Les Moonves Line: Andy Samberg made one of the only scandal-tethered jokes of the night when bringing out three of TV's highest-paid stars, in reference to CBS' former CEO.
Now, with a surprising unrehearsed takedown of Les Moonves, it's the cast of The Big Bang Theory.
Jim Parsons and his Big Bang Theory co-stars did not react to the mostly subdued line.
Flu Shots For All: Rather than ordering the room a bunch of pizza to chow down on, Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh brought in something that the audience really needed: flu shots! A bunch of people (supposedly fully registered folks in the medical field) went around and delivered faux shots to celebs. No, it wasn't the most clever or most intelligent bit, but it poked fun at mindless Golden Globes stunts of the past in an expectedly silly way.
First-Time Attendee Tyler Perry: Coming out to introduce the movie nominees for Best Actor in a Drama, Tyler Perry remarked on this being the first time he was among his fellow entertainers for the Golden Globes. He took that opportunity to speak to a point we've already talked about in this very story.
This is my first time here at the Golden Globes, and I've often wondered when I'm watching on television, 'Are the people as drunk as they seem.' To everybody watching: yes, we are.
Call off the investigators, people! We've got proof at last!
Christian Bale's Special Thanks: When giving his Best Actor acceptance speech, Vice star Christian Bale offered up a unique slice of graciousness for the man he portrayed, former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.
That was presented without commentary. Moving on!
Steve Carell's Bleeped Moment: The Office's Steve Carell came out in the honored position to present the iconic Carol Burnett with the inaugural award named after her. While lauding Burnett for being such a classy and genial person, Carell uttered a joke that didn't make it past the censors.
She is without a doubt one of the most revered, talented, and well-liked people in show business. It's been said that she makes Tom Hanks look like an asshole. I didn't say it, but it has been said!
Other comedy points to go Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh for using words like "joker" and "as good as it gets" when bringing Carell out, making it look like Jack Nicholson was coming out.
That Chris Pine "Burn": When coming back from a commercial break, Andy Samberg took a ridiculous shot at Outlaw King and I Am the Night star Chris Pine.
Our next presenter has managed to carve out a career for himself even though he is butt-ugly. Please welcome Chris Pine and his busted face.
To Samberg's credit, Chris Pine's face was totally busted. (It wasn't.)
Harrison Ford Follow-Up: After Jeff Bridges gave his outstanding and tangent-journeying speech for winning the C.C. DeMille Award, Harrison Ford was announced to present the nominees for Best Director. With the same kind of deadpan delivery that earned him a career in movies, Ford said:
Nobody told me I had to follow Jeff Bridges. Who wants to do that?
He was followed by Roma filmmaker and category winner Alfonso Cuarón, who then joked about having to be the second person to follow Jeff Bridges after Harrison Ford. Gotta love a good callback.
Dick Van Dyke's Still Got It: Taking the stage with Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke gave a one-liner that was right in line with his comedic stylings, proving he's still somewhere in the vicinity of the top of the comedy game.
I spotted Carol Burnett out there, and I said, 'My god, I know her!'
Many viewers may have laughed twice as hard at that line than other viewers. Dick Van Dyke's wild-eyed reaction to Carol Burnett's speech earlier in the evening went viral on social media, with many taking shots at the esteemed TV and film star for looking a tad too bewildered.