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Jo Koy mocks celebrities at the Golden Globes by comparing them to 'marshmallows' in first stand-up set after backlash

Jo Koy at the 81st Golden Globe Awards.
Jo Koy at the 81st Golden Globe Awards.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
  • On Friday, Jo Koy performed his first stand-up set since the Golden Globe Awards.

  • He called the audience "soft" and compared them to "marshmallows," Variety reports.

  • Koy's opening monologue caused a stir for his jokes about "Barbie" and Taylor Swift.

Jo Koy slammed the celebrity audience who gave him a lukewarm reception during the 81st annual Golden Globes Awards.

According to Variety, Koy, 52, mocked his peers on Friday during a St. Louis comedy show. It was the most recent stop on the Joy Koy World Tour and came less than a week after Koy bombed during his opening monologue while hosting the Golden Globes.

Jo Koy onstage in "Live from the Los Angeles Forum" on Netflix.
Jo Koy onstage in "Live from the Los Angeles Forum" on Netflix.Netflix

Representatives for Koy did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment made outside regular working hours.

"Lot a marshmallows, man. They're delicious, but goddamn, they're soft," Koy said of the celebrity crowd, according to the outlet. "I just come from a different time. I see the changes that are happening. I get it, but goddamn, can we fucking laugh at ourselves?"

Koy continued that his St. Louis audience members probably didn't watch — or care — about the controversy.

"I got a feeling none of you motherfuckers watched it, and I'm kinda happy. Oh my god. It feels good to live in this country," Koy said. "We get to say what we want to say. Don't be apologetic about it at all. Be able to…speak your mind," he continued.

During his opening monologue, Koy aimed at several celebrities, including "Saltburn" actor Barry Keoghan and the film "Oppenheimer." Unfortunately, some of his jokes didn't land with the audience or viewers at home.

One joke targeted Taylor Swift's romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

"The big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL? On the Golden Globes, we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift," Koy said.

Taylor Swift at the 2024 Golden Globes.
Taylor Swift at the 2024 Golden Globes Awards. Rich Polk/Golden Globes 2024/Getty Images

In response, Swift kept a blank face as she sipped her drink. Afterward, Koy told Extra that he intended his joke to be a "compliment."

"It's like, she can be more intimate tonight. That's all," he said.

Another stalled joke was Koy's remarks about Greta Gerwig's 2023 film "Barbie," which starred Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

Greta Gerwig at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards
Greta Gerwig at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards.Rich Polk/Golden Globes 2024/Getty Images

During his monologue, Koy said "Barbie" is based on "on a plastic doll with big boobies."

He added: "The key moment in Barbie is when she goes from perfect beauty to bad breath, cellulite, and flat feet — or what casting directors call 'character actor.'"

Once the joke fell flat, Koy attempted to shift blame to the writers.

"Some I wrote, some other people wrote," he said in a video of the monologue shared on YouTube. "Yo, I got the gig 10 days ago! You want a perfect monologue? Yo, shut up! You're kidding me, right? Slow down. I wrote some of these, and they're the ones you're laughing at," he added.

Jo Koy at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 7, 2024.
Viewers criticized Jo Koy's monologue online. Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Gerwig acknowledged Koy's joke and said his take wasn't necessarily incorrect.

"Well, he's not wrong," Gerwig said Wednesday on BBC Radio 4's "Today" program. "She's the first doll that was mass-produced with breasts, so he was right on."

Gerwig added: "And you know, I think that so much of the project of the movie was unlikely because it is about a plastic doll. Barbie, by her very construction, has no character, no story; she's there to be projected upon."

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