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.
Your real chemistry can’t be denied. They are lifelong friends, and this ability to capitalize on the other person’s strengths is so natural to both of them. And they love each other. I think that’s really important to them – knowing they have their backs on each other. And speak each other’s languages. «
» They are perfectly normal and precious, but super smart so they can fly past the trial while participating. As humans, they are curious and engaged in the changing world and admit their own mistakes. Both are extreme effective in giving us insights and accepting us into their club.
Like all great comedy duos, they complement each other with sharp edges and soft weak points. And they are incredibly balanced as a team. As viewers, we feel as a team Traditionally, presenters come from the stand-up world and are often solo fliers. Tina and Amy love to work together, so the performance together is joyful and the joy is contagious. There is always the feeling that we are them want to meet later to keep the party going. «
» We all came to Chicago to improvise, and you were immediately impressed that it’s all about the ensemble. We’d all spent hours and hours and hours digging this into our heads. It’s always about texting someone and seeing what they come back with.
They both like to make people laugh in real life, too. It’s the story together. They have been friends for so long. Even if you’re not a comedian, you have that old song with your friends, you know?
I admire everyone I’ve worked with on different things, and Tina and Amy are definitely up there. Not only are they my co-workers, but they also like my own comedy idols. So it’s fun to be friends with your idols. «
» One of the things I loved about both of them, and I first noticed it in preproduction with Tina when we were doing a writers’ roundtable. She has this great generosity to herself right now, the reads, « Yeah, that’s my script, but I. I won’t be valuable about anything. » I think there is the thing of being utterly merciless about your own work that both of them share. You are like a great basketball player who don’t worry that they’re in crisis and they’ll just keep shooting.
There’s an anecdote I’d tell from the set [the Mean Girls] where Tina and Amy worked together. This was the rap for [character] Kevin Gnapoor and him at his Christmas show concert. We cast this really cute, rather shy kid, Rajiv [Surendra], who wasn’t the first to know how to perform this [song]. It was fun to see Tina and Amy come down, showing him all the movements and rewrote the texts on the fly and showed him how to grind. The two had teamed him up twice and turned him into a rapper. They basically directed him and taught him how to do that rap that is still one of the funniest things in the movie. “
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