Co-hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh kicked off the 2019 Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California. on Sunday with a monologue that was surprisingly unfunny for two veteran actors who have demonstrated their strong comedy chops before.

Right off the bat, the pair joked they were given hosting duties because they are the only two people in Hollywood who haven’t said something offensive. They warned they would “roast” many celebrities in attendance, but really proceeded to compliment many stars on their talent and/or appearance.

“You’re hot,” Oh quipped with regards to 44-year-old Bradley Cooper, whose movie A Star Is Born received several nominations.

In a similar vein, Samberg told Creed II and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan, “You’re a snack” before adding a poorly crafted joke about a meme of Jordan crying.

With regards to television, Samberg — who is Jewish — said of the fan-favorite Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “the show that makes audiences sit up and say, ‘wait, is this anti-Semitic?”

Samberg also said there was one race of people that bothers him, and Oh attempted to stop him from saying something that might be potentially racially insensitive, but the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star then quickly said the Hollywood half-marathon annoys him because of all the inconvenience it creates.

Samberg and Oh also extended way too long a bit about how Jim Carrey — who is nominated for his new Showtime series Kidding — was sitting in the film section of the audience instead of the TV area like he should have been.

“God forbid I leave any of my DNA in the film section!” Carrey responded.

The hosts also mocked A Star Is Born nominee Lady Gaga for her comment about Cooper when she said that “it only take one person in a room of 100 people to believe in you.”

The monologue appeared to improve somewhat in its second half, with Oh, the Canadian daughter of Korean immigrants, turned serious to note her appreciation for “change,” which seemed to hint to the greater diversity the entertainment industry witnessed over the last year.


“I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” Oh said. “And I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different. It probably will be. But right now, this moment is real. Trust me. It’s real. Because I see you. And I see you. All these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.”

Last year, Oh made history by being nominated for her lead role in the BBC America drama series Killing Eve: she is the first woman of Asian decent to get a nod in that category.

Oh’s final monologue statement could have also alluded to the change that has transpired in Hollywood with regards to fighting sexual harassment and assault — the #MeToo movement and the organizations it spawned like Time’s Up.

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