COMEDY KILLING: Fey, left, with Poehler at the Globes - the award show hosts made a series of jokes at Cosby's expense
BILL COSBY may have made light of the torrent of rape allegations swirling around him at his own gig in Canada last week but the veteran entertainer was firmly the butt of jokes at the Golden Globes.
Comedy stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, hosting lat night's (Jan 11) Hollywood awards show for the third consecutive year, did not beat around the bush when sharpening their satirical knives for the 77-year-old stand-up accused by at least 18 women of drugging and sexually attacking them.
Fey, star of TV comedy 30 Rock, initiated the first broadside with a fairy tale gag.
“In [film] Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby,” Fey said, completely deadpan.
There were some muted laughs from the assembled film and TV A-listers, while actress Jessica Chastain covered her mouth in disbelief, not sure how to react to the controversial material.
However, the comedy double-act was not done with Cosby. Fey attempted an impression of the much-maligned entertainer, but Poehler quickly intervened.
“That’s not right,” said the Parks And Recreation star who proceeded to do her own impersonation of Cosby. “It’s more like, ‘I got the pills in the bathroom and I put them in the people.’”
The Hollywood crowd gobbled up the jokes with hoots of laughter.
TRIBUTE: Legend, left, and Common hold their Golden Globe for best song (PA)
Poehler and Fey, whose scriptwriters produced a steady stream of zingers mocking everyone from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his film tastes to George Clooney and his British lawyer wife Amal, also put Martin Luther King biopic Selma in their comedy crosshairs.
“In the 1960s thousands of black people from all over America came together with one common goal … to form Sly and the Family Stone. But the movie Selma is about the American civil rights movement that totally worked and now everything’s fine”, quipped Fey with more than a hint of irony.
Meanwhile, the Hollywood Foreign Press, which organises the Globes and votes to decide the award winners, decided that Selma was only worth a sole prize – best song.
The track Glory by rapper Common and singer John Legend plays over the closing credits of the civil rights film, which stars David Oyelowo as King.
After collecting their gong, Common said: “[King] was one of the first people that I looked at as a hero. He was my first hero.”
The 42-year-old hip-hop artist also gave a poignant acceptance speech after Prince made a surprise appearance by presenting the award.
He said: “The first day I stepped on the set of Selma I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie.
“As I got to know the people of the civil rights movement, I realised I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. Selma has awakened my humanity.”