The comedians turned serious stories such as the hacking of Sony Pictures and multiple rape allegations against Bill Cosby into jokes. The hosts used their affable style and breezy comedic timing to address the topics in the opening monologue.
“Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows that we know and love, as well as all the movies that North Korea was OK with,” Fey quipped in reference to the Sony hack. The hacking led to the release of a wealth of private information about the studio and scuttled the release of The Interview.
Fey also jabbed the film, which North Korea said it considered an act of war, by saying that this was “not the worst review the film got” either.
Fey and Poehler kept up the jibes at the reclusive nation later on, introducing a stern-looking woman dressed in military regalia who they said was the newest member of the group that awards the Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. She clutched a copy of a magazine bearing an image of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and snapped a photo with Meryl Streep, star of dark fairytale Into The Woods. She reappeared later in the awards show to “criticise” the ceremony before marching off stage in high-step.
The intruder was, in fact, comedian Margaret Cho, who played Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, in three episodes of Fey’s 30 Rock.
“We got a lot of weird emails that can’t get out,” Cho told Streep to get her to pose for the photo.
Cecil B DeMille Award recipient George Clooney used both humour and a sombre message after accepting the award. He paid tribute to demonstrations in support of victims of the Paris terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the subsequent hostage crisis.
“They didn’t march in protest,” he said. “They marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. We won’t do it. Je Suis Charlie.”
Allegations that Cosby drugged and abused women weren’t off limits either. Poehler took the opportunity to attack Cosby, who is accused of drugging and raping more than 15 women. Cosby has denied many of the claims, but joked about the allegations during a recent show in Canada.
“In Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from her tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought that she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby,” Poehler said.
And a few of the stars may have been on edge when Ricky Gervais took the stage to present an award. Gervais behaved... for the most part.
“I’m not going to start picking on things you’ve done,” he told his fellow actors. “Some of it immoral. A lot of it illegal. If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that famous people are above the law. As it should be.”