Oscars 2020: Steve Martin and Chris Rock’s Best Jokes From the Show Open (Video)
Comedians poke fun at Iowa Caucus and Jeff Bezos
Lawrence Yee | February 9, 2020 @ 5:29 PM
Last Updated: February 9, 2020 @ 6:58 PM
The Oscars went hostless this year, but former hosts Steve Martin and Chris Rock warmed up the audience with a hilarious opening not-monologue, lampooning this year’s lack of diverse nominees, the Iowa caucus debacle, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
“We have both hosted the Oscars before and this is such an incredible demotion,” Martin opened.
“They decided to go hostless this year,” Rock replied.
“Why is that,” Martin asked.
“Twitter!” Rock declared, a veiled reference to Kevin Hart dropping out last year due to his previous homophobic social media posts.
Another joke referenced the “La La Land”/”Moonlight” mix-up from 2017 and this week’s debacle at the Iowa Caucus, where no winner was officially named.
“A couple of years ago there was a big disaster here at the Oscars where they accidentally read out the wrong name. It was nobody’s fault, but they have guaranteed that this will not happen this year. Because the Academy has switched to the new Iowa Caucus app!” Martin declared.