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The comedy community is buzzing with excitement following the recent announcement that the Golden Globe Awards will introduce two new categories, one of which will recognize the best performance in stand-up comedy on television.
Comedians have often found it challenging to gain recognition during awards season, but the Golden Globes have always had a dedicated category for comedies and musicals in the best picture space. With the ever-growing popularity of live comedy specials through streaming platforms, YouTube, and social media, stand-up comedy has achieved global reach and significance. For the first time, six solo comedians or breakout members of troupes or ensembles will compete for this prestigious award, which will be presented during the telecast on January 7.
Jo Koy, the star of “Easter Sunday,” expressed his delight at the Golden Globes acknowledging the outstanding contributions of comedians in the world of stand-up comedy. He emphasized his deep passion for this art form and celebrated the recognition of his colleagues’ exceptional work.
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias playfully suggested naming the new comedy award after one of the most iconic Golden Globes hosts, Ricky Gervais.
Taylor Tomlinson, an emerging talent with a strong fan base, highlighted the current golden era for comedians, with stand-up comedy enjoying unprecedented popularity thanks to the internet. She praised the recognition of stand-up comedy as a true art form.
Bert Kreischer, whose feature film “The Machine” recently premiered on Netflix, humorously commented on the significance of stand-up comedy being invited to the “adult table” at least once a year, even though comedians often feel more at home at the “kid’s table.”
Other comedians also shared their reactions:
Sebastian Maniscalco humorously mentioned that his father is already asking for front-row seats.
Trevor Wallace called it a game-changing moment for stand-up comedy, highlighting that it proves stand-up is a firm foundation in mainstream media.
Nate Bargatze jokingly said that now comedians can lose a Golden Globe with stand-up, which is all they were asking for.
Jim Gaffigan expressed his excitement about the inclusion of outstanding stand-up performance at the Globes and humorously mentioned looking forward to being jealous of the nominees.