British comedian Ricky Gervais served as host of the 2011 Golden Globe Awards here in Hollywood, CA last night and during his opening monologue to kick off the show he expertly, brilliantly and unapologetically skewered as many celebs in the audience as possible with joke after joke after joke. He managed to get a few uncomfortable laughs from the audience but it was his Scientology joke that garnered the most groans. For me, Gervais made the Golden Globe Awards worth watching … and he had me in stitches the entire night. His opening monologue is an absolute must see.
This, my friends, is comedy. Gervais’s monologue was so brilliant, IMHO, because it’s not the kind of thing we ever get to hear from awards show hosts … but they are the jokes that WE ALL make to one another as fans of celebrity and pop culture. Jokes are meant to be funny, Ricky Gervais’s jokes were hilarious. Mission: Accomplished.
It remains to be seen if the Hollywood Powers that Be were really offended by Ricky’s performance last night but I hope they can see the humor and laugh at themselves. I, for one, would love to see Ricky Gervais host every single awards show here in the US from now til the end of time. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if he ever gets a hosting gig like this every again.
So … what did y’all think of Ricky’s jokes last night? Funny or much too much?