Certain things just go better together – peanut butter and jelly, eggs and bacon, a glass of red wine and a second glass of red wine. Sometimes this applies to people as well, people who belong together, who improve one another; Anne of Green Gables called them “kindred spirits.” This certainly applies to comediennes Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler. Both dynamite, powerhouse women in their own right, these two funny ladies work even better when together.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler first worked together at Chicago’s improvisational theatre Second City. Both would go on to perform on Saturday Night Live, where each achieved individual prominence – Tina Fey became the first female head writer for SNL in 1999 and Amy Poehler is only one of three featured players to be promoted to the cast in their first season. But their work together is often their most remembered; they were the first all-female hosts of Weekend Update (and who could forget their reappearance for the Weekend Update Joke Off?) and their Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton sketch became NBC.com’s most-watched viral video ever.
Both women would go on to star in their own hilarious NBC comedies, Tina Fey as creator and lead of 30 Rock and Amy Poehler as lead in Parks and Recreation. Despite their different comedic tones, both shows and leading ladies have achieved great success and won multiple awards on the small screen. Is it incongruous to say I can totally identify with Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope simultaneously? Blerg!
Poehler and Fey have both separately starred in major films – my personal favorites are Blades of Glory and Date Night, respectively. But again, their work together is arguably the better part. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler appeared together in Mean Girls (written by Tina) and again in 2008 in the uproarious Baby Mama.
While both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are comedic geniuses and found individual fame, their longtime friendship and easy chemistry make these BFFs absolutely better together. And best of all? They’re together again! This lovely duo will be hosting the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 13th. This is the first time the Golden Globes will be hosted by a woman, let alone two. So this Friday, we fangirl over these comediennes, not only for their humor but for their strides in bringing women into the comedy genre, laughing all the way.