Goddesses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, which means for the second year in a row, Hollywood’s annual fête will be a lot less dependent on alcohol for its laughs. (We still encourage you to drink — responsibly! — if you want to, but it’s refreshing to know you don’t have to get housed just to find things chuckle-worthy.) Coming up with appropriately witty banter and executing timely sketches to a Tinsletown crowd looking for gold has become their thing following last year’s success. And their ability to laugh at not only those in the audience, but themselves, is what we love most.
These two have been tight since meeting at Chicago’s Second City, and staples in our pop culture purview for nearly the last 15 years. They’re so much more than Weekend Update co-anchors on Saturday Night Live or embarrassing adults to the world of North Shore’s elite in Mean Girls. With their list of collaborations growing longer by the second, the time has come to take a trip through the most adorable and hilarious moments from their very public friendship.
To help prepare for Sunday’s big show, take a look at some of Tina and Amy’s greatest hits.
Saturday Night Live
Martin & Orloff
Tina and Amy starred in the 2002 film, written and directed by Upright Citizen Brigade co-founders Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh (Veep’s Mike McClintock), alongside David Cross, Rachel Dratch and Andy Richter. It’s weird to think of all these hilarious people in a tiny flick so few have likely seen, but we all have to start somewhere. Kudos to Tina for that Southern accent and Amy for playing such an attentive date.
Tina’s 2004 film enlisted a bevy of SNL alums and changed the course of high school filmography forever. Clueless is still the essential viewing for any female ages 13-100, but Mean Girls is a very close second. I can barely go a day or so without someone asking me if there’s alcohol in my happy hour mocktails and frequently stop and take a moment to praise the work of Danny DeVito. Amy played forever young Mrs. George, creator of North Shore’s Queen Bee and a strong believer in plastic surgery. Watching her desperate attempts at connecting with her teenage daughter and her friends is hilarious, made even better when you think that Amy had a dog chewing on her nipple because her best friend wrote it to be so.
Equally as enjoyable as any scene that made the final cut is this recently unearthed clip in which Tina and Amy each take turns rapping along to Kevin G., with MG star Lindsay Lohan.
That Time They Both Let Us Know What It Really Feels Like To Be Inches Away from Ben Affleck Tina, Ben, Amy, Rachel and Maya Rudolph, circa 2004. Ben had just done Jersey Girl, so Tina had every right to be skeptical.
Informing the World That “Bitch Is The New Black”
Beginning in 2004, Tina and Amy sat behind SNL’s Weekend Update desk as the first female co-anchors to helm the legendary segment. Together they used their position to educate viewers on a number of crucial issues including certain genders being a little more tough than others (as seen during a guest appearance by Fey in 2008):
Unlike Mean Girls, Tina and Amy finally had the chance to act alongside each other in Michael McCullers’, Baby Mama. The 2008 film starred Tina as a 37-year-old hoping for a baby, and Amy as the crude and shady surrogate she invites to live with her until said bundle of joy is born. To say they’re a modern take on The Odd Couple is an understatement.
Channeling Their Inner Jersey Girls
Remember when America was obsessed with fake tans and blow-outs? At the height of the Jersey Shore craze, Tina and Amy experimented with Garden State Parkway attire in attempts to win the affections of a dude named J-Bro. Anything for their old pal Jimmy Fallon, right?
A Photobomb To End All Photobombs
At the 2012 Golden Globes, Tina showed support for her nominated pal by creepily entering the shot when the camera panned to Amy. Creepy yet loving and amazing and everything we want to watch until the end of time.
Sharing The Role of Liz Lemon
For 30 Rock’s second live episode, “Live From Studio 6H,” Amy stepped into the 16-year-old relaxed chinos of Tina’s character Liz Lemon. During a quick flashback, we find Lemon eating a gooey sub while enjoying a telethon from the comfort of her parents’ basement. A bespectacled Amy, with the same unapologetic exuberance as her bestie previously brought to Teen Lemon, expresses joy at the fact that she likely won’t lose her virginity until she’s 25.
All The Times Tina Made Crazy Faces on the Red CarpetAnd Amy simply stood by her and smiled.
Hosting the 2013 Golden Globe Awards
As first time hosts, the duo was quick to react to unintentional bashing from newly minted winners and fearless with their opening monologue.
Not Backing Down Against The Powers of Taylor SwiftDuring their GG hosting gig, Amy and Tina poked fun at America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, and her well-known dating habits. This publicized punchline led the modern fairy princess to tell Vanity Fair’s Nancy Jo Sales “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Rather than issue a public apology or consider the possibility that their bit wasn’t humorous (as if!), Poehler responded via The Hollywood Reporter:
Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff.
Attending the 2013 Emmy Awards
They didn’t host this one, but Tina and Amy used their VIP seats to put on a show regardless.
By knowing exactly where the camera was at all times, the duo crafted A+ reactions to every moment, even heckling many of their well-groomed peers. This schtick earned them almost as much attention as Rihanna at the VMAs or T-Swift during a live performance of “Cruise.” As consummate professionals, they even put themselves on the line in the name of a Jennifer Lawrence spoof.
Guest Editing Entertainment WeeklyFinally! A chance to see their writing techniques and comedic genius at work. Or, just read a lot of articles about Amy and Tina by Amy and Tina.
Encouraging You To Dance, Drink and Sing During the 2014 Golden Globe Awards
We’re still three days away from this year’s show, but there’s enough promotional material to warrant us being out-of-our-minds excited about things. Take the official promos, which promise musical moments and very fierce heels. There are also additions to last year’s drinking game, from Tina and Amy themselves:
-Any time you see a gown with sleeves, you’re going to drink.
-Any time they cut to Tom Hanks for a reaction shot, do five push-ups and you will be ripped by the end of the ceremony.
-Every time [Amy] drink[s], everybody at home should drink.
-And if Bryan Cranston speaks, everybody has to do a little bit of meth. Just a touch, because that’s all you need, just a touch.
Be sure to check back with us on Sunday, January 12 when the 2014 Golden Globes officially go down. We’ll be watching, tweeting, GIFing and posting until we turn blue… or get an invite to Bruce Dern’s after party. Join the fun!