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Fil-Am comedian Jo Koy set to host Golden Globes awards on January 7

LOS ANGELES  — Filipino American comedian and actor Jo Koy is ready to host the 81st Golden Globes awards on January 7 at its new home, the CBS.

Jo Koy, who is Joseph Glenn Herbert Sr. in real life, was reportedly picked for the job by producers for his “infectious energy and relatable humor.”

This will be the first time in the Golden Globes’ tumultuous 81 years that it will be hosted by an individual with Filipino descent.

Jo Koy already posted on social media a promotional video of the awards ceremony where he shares “preparations” to be a host, according to reports of Philippine Star and ABS-CBN.

The first tip he gave was to stretch one’s fingers out, joking that the trophies are 45 pounds heavy made of dark chocolate, the report added.

His second piece of advice was simply to always pee. This is likely a reference to the Globes being a more casual ceremony than the Oscars, Emmys, or Grammys, and a lot of drinking is involved.

Another guide Jo Koy demonstrated was wiping the side center parts of his lips to “get rid of the white crusties in the corners,” adding it was creepy to “be a host with white crusties.”

“I’ve stepped onto a lot of stages around the world in my career, but this one is going to be extra special,” Jo Koy said when he was confirmed to host the Globes. “This is that moment where I get to make my Filipino family proud.”

“Barbie” leads this year’s Globes with nine nominations, followed closely by “Oppenheimer” with eight. Other films with five or more nominations are Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Poor Things,” and “Past Lives.”

A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Stone are also in the mix, as are Paul Giamatti (“The Holdovers”), Timothee Chalamet (“Wonka”), Natalie Portman (“May December”) and Bradley Cooper — as both actor and director of “Maestro.”

The Golden Globes rolled out the red carpet on Jan. 4 ahead of the Sunday ceremony, with Globes president Helen Hoehne welcoming the press and proclaiming, “We are looking forward to a great show.”

According to its website, the 81st Golden Globe Awards will take place Jan. 7 at the Beverly Hilton, its home since 1961. The three-hour ceremony will air live on CBS, streamed on Paramount+, and be available on the CBS app, starting at 5 p.m. PT (8-11 p.m. ET). The Globes is a joint venture between DCP and Eldridge, respectively, run by Jay Penske and Todd Boehly.

The lineup of presenters for the January 7 festivities includes Amanda SeyfriedAngela Bassett, Gabriel Macht, George Lopez, Julia Garner, Justin Hartley, Michelle Yeoh, Patrick J. Adams, Will Ferrell, America FerreraDaniel Kaluuya, Florence Pugh, Hailee SteinfeldIssa RaeOprah Winfrey, Shameik Moore and Simu Liu.