Director and producer Judd Apatow kept the crowd laughing at the Critics’ Choice Awards Thursday night. Apatow is linked to some of the funniest projects in Hollywood – from “Bridesmaids” to HBO’s “Girls,” and his upcoming comedy, “Trainwreck” – so viewers expected the 47-year-old to crack some jokes while presenting.
While on stage to present the award for Best Director, Apatow teased that he wasn’t actually supposed to be involved at the award show. “Somebody called me,” he told the audience. “They knew I’d be home tweeting about Cosby.”
Apatow’s been very vocal on Twitter about the rape accusations surrounding Bill Cosby. The director and producer has been encouraging his followers to support the alleged rape victims by reaching out to community theaters that are hosting the 77-year-old comedian.
His shade at the award show comes less than a week after Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler decided to poke fun at Cosby. The two “Saturday Night Live” alums surprised the audience Sunday with an impersonation of the comedian, saying, “I put the pills in the people.”
The initial joke was the only swipe that Judd Apatow took at Cosby during the Critics’ Choice Awards, but he still kept viewers laughing by making fun of his own directing skills, as well as his wife, actress Leslie Mann. Mann was on stage earlier in the evening with “Frozen” voice actor Josh Gad to present the award for Best Action Movie and Best Actor in an Action Movie. The pair engaged in an awkward sketch where Mann requested that Gad repeat her favorite Olaf line from the Disney animated film.
“My wife basically said she wanted to f--- a snowman,” Apatow told the audience.
Twitter users appeared to appreciate Judd Apatow's jokes at the Critics' Choice Awards:
So awesome to see @JuddApatow win The Critic's Choice Awards without even being nominated.
— Dani Ginger (@Soupinatrix) January 16, 2015
Judd Apatow needs to host an award show #CriticsChoice
— Jaclyn (@Shupette) January 16, 2015
— Joe Leydon (@JoeLeydon) January 16, 2015
— Zap2it (@Zap2it) January 16, 2015
Of course not everyone was a fan of Apatow:
Judd Apatow continues to throw shade at Bill Cosby. It's icky. #CriticsChoice
— Nichelle Stephens (@niche) January 16, 2015
Best Director presented by annoying, unfunny, smartass, Judd Apatow: Richard Linklater, Boyhood.
— Channing Thomson (@CHANNINGPOSTERS) January 16, 2015