Friends and frequent collaborators Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host the… (Christopher Polk / Getty…)
The news that TV funny ladies Amy Poehler and Tina Fey would co-host the Golden Globes on Jan. 13 was met with a chorus approval from fans when it was announced Monday.
The appointment of two hilarious and accomplished, fortysomething women to one of the most high-profile hosting gigs in Hollywood is certainly something to celebrate, but so is the prospect of seeing these frequent collaborators onstage together once again.
Their partnership goes back to at least 2001, when Poehler joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” By then, Fey had been head writer at the legendary show for two years and had just started appearing in sketches.
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In “Bossypants,” Fey admiringly recalled Poehler’s tough attitude in the notorious boys’ club of “SNL.” “Amy made it clear that she wasn’t there to be cute. She wasn’t there to play wives and girlfriends in the boys’ scenes. She was there to do what she wanted to do and she did not [bleeping] care if you like it,” she wrote in the bestseller. “With Amy there, I felt less alone.”
When Jimmy Fallon left the show in 2004, Poehler joined Fey on “Weekend Update,” the first time two women co-anchored the segment. Fey angled for the “younger, blonder and smaller” Poehler to get the job. “Either I’m a true feminist, or I have the worst show business instincts of anyone I know,” she has said.
The friends also began appearing together on the big screen. Poehler played an inappropriate “cool mom” in “Mean Girls,” the 2004 Lindsay Lohan film that Fey wrote and also starred in. The women reunited in 2008’s “Baby Mama,” with Fey playing the part of an ambitious career woman who hires Poehler’s irresponsible character to be her surrogate.
That same year, Fey returned briefly to “SNL” to play Sarah Palin opposite Poehler’s seething Hillary Rodham Clinton in one of the election season’s most memorable sketches.
Since 2009, their respective sitcoms, “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation,” have been staples of NBC’s Thursday-night lineup, where they've managed to create new female TV archetypes: Fey as Liz Lemon, the disheveled head writer of a late-night sketch-comedy show, and Poehler as Leslie Knope, an idealistic councilwoman in smalltown Indiana.
They’ve also both leveraged sitcom stardom to become multi-hyphenate writer-producers. Fey recently signed a four-year development deal with Universal Television, while Poehler co-created the animated series “The Mighty B!” and is producing a new pilot “Broad City” — written by and starring female comedians Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer — for Comedy Central. No wonder they’ve both been named to Time Magazine’s most influential list — Fey in 2007 and 2009, Poehler in 2011.
This will be the first time the Globes have been hosted by a pair of women, although Raquel Welch and Joan Collins co-hosted alongside male stars (in 1985 and 1983, respectively).
A solo woman has yet to host the broadcast, but hey — sometimes two is better than one.
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