When hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler take the stage together this Sunday to greet the hosts and nominees for the 78th Golden Globes, there will be about 2,500 miles between them. Fey is recorded live in New York and Poehler in California, adding a tricky hosting dynamic to the annual process. Fey and Poehler – with three globes in their luggage and improvisational skills that have been developed live on Saturday evening for years – are well equipped for the challenge.
Nevertheless, there is something to be missed when you meet in person, especially for these two famous friends. In a segment filmed for NBC this week, Fey and Poehler said that the funniest part of the hosting experience is usually the time they can spend together. « This is like the most expensive zoom drink in the world, » Fey quipped.
The duo met in the 1990s while performing on the Chicago improvisational comedy scene. Poehler eventually came to Fey at SNL, where the two were the first women to jointly present the news in the Weekend Update segment of the show. They have worked in several films together, particularly the 2008 bawdy comedy Baby Mama and the 2004 Mean Girls, which Fey also wrote the script for.
In all of their roles, they didn’t just seem to get the best out of each other, but also from their employees – especially if these people are celebrities who stand behind an awards podium. Here some of their frequent employees reflect on their moments with Fey and Poehler and what makes them so funny.
« Amy and Tina are team players. Both understand that the value of the whole piece is fun, as opposed to a person who scores in it. That comes from their backgrounds in sketch comedy, which shaped a large part of their fundamental approach to comedy – as a team sport. If everyone in the play is funny, it’s just better. And it’s more fun.
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