Jim Gaffigan Cracks A Pedophile Joke At The Expense of Hollywood Elite At Golden Globes, Creating Another Awkward Moment

Comedian Jim Gaffigan cracked an eyebrow-raising joke while presenting the first-ever stand-up comedy award at the 2024 Golden Globes. The actor and comedian made a daring dig when he dropped a line about pedophiles while introducing the Best Performance in Stand-Up Comedy on Television category during the Sunday telecast.

“This is so exciting for me,” Gaffigan began. “The Golden Globes, I mean, I can’t even believe I’m in the entertainment industry.

“I can’t, you know, it’s so unlikely. I’m from a small town in Indiana. I’m not a pedophile,” he continued, pausing as the audience laughed at his joke.

“You know, I just, I don’t know if that’s a new category here, but…” he quipped, before adding, “For 80 years, good looking people threw a party, right? And then you guys finally decided to invite the talented people.”

Getting in one last joke, Gaffigan added, “Stand-up comedy is a brutal business, and thanks to Netflix, people get overpaid for it.”

He then revealed the nominees for Best Performance in Stand-Up Comedy: Trevor Noah, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and Ricky Gervais, who won for his special Ricky Gervais: Armageddon.

Jim Gaffigan
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Gaffigan’s pedophile joke, while off-color, seemed to go over better with the Globes audience than another awkward comedic moment that took place earlier in the ceremony. Host Jo Koy, who landed the awards show gig mere weeks ago, struggled through his opening monologue as many of his jokes failed to land with the audience.

After a Barbie joke about the main character’s transformation into a normal woman with cellulite and flat feet, Koy only got scattered laughter in the theater. In response, he quipped, “Some I wrote, some other people wrote,” referring to his jokes.

He then added, “Yo, I got the gig ten 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.”

The 2024 Golden Globes are live tonight at 8/7c on CBS.