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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler said that they weren't going to hold back in their final year hosting the Golden Globe Awards, and they made good on their promise. But while the quality of their performance was up to par, the quantity was severely lacking.
In their opening monologue, the former Saturday Night Live co-stars poked harmless fun at attendees including Emma Stone, Wes Anderson and Steve Carell, but also plowed full steam ahead through topics that several comedians may consider taboo nowadays, including North Korea and the rape allegations against Bill Cosby.
Fey and Poehler ended their introduction with several digs against the comedian, summarizing the plot of Into the Woods by saying "Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby."
Not stopping there, the co-hosts proceeded to do their best impressions of Cosby in his Jell-O-shilling days, noting that he had finally issued a public response to the accusations against him. "I put the pills in the people. The people did not want the pills," Fey quipped, to a (mostly) horrified crowd. Check it out below.
Unfortunately, perhaps as a result of their envelope-pushing opening monologue, Poehler and Fey were largely absent from the rest of the broadcast. Fans hoping for another skit with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, or a makeout session between Poehler and an unsuspecting member of the audience were left hanging. (Conspiracy theorists, note that NBC is the network on which Bill Cosby got his start.)
In a recurring bit, Margaret Cho made a cameo appearance (in full costume) as North Korean army general "Cho Yung Ja," the newest member of the Hollywood Foreign Press and a correspondent for the magazine Movies Wow! In character, a stoic Cho posed for a picture with Meryl Streep (taken by Michael Keaton), voiced the opinion that Orange Is the New Black should have been nominated as a drama, and closed out the show by deadpanning, "Show over. I host next year. Good night."
What did you think of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's final stint as co-hosts of the Golden Globe Awards? Did you think their Bill Cosby and North Korea jokes were hilarious or offensive? And did you want to see more of them during the broadcast? Sound off in the comments!