Last year when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes, they both looked gorgeous and sexy, and viewership went up 17% over the year before, to almost 20 million people. That’s a lot of people! Especially if you invite them all back to your house for a post-show snack!
I’m one of the lucky 20 million who got to tell Amy Poehler personally how much I enjoyed their performance. It was on the set of Kroll Show, Comedy Central’s hit show starring Nick Kroll the man of a million characters, all of them funny, this past June.
Nick had brought me out to LA to be in a sketch playing myself in a red carpet scene where I had to interact with Nick in character as Liz G., Laura Dern, Golden Globe-Award-winning actress, who played C-Czar’s mother, ( C-Czar is the toilet baby dating Pretty Liz!), internationally known singing sensation Katy Perry, and the super-talented UCB co-founder Amy Poehler!
What a thrill for me. It’s enough to be on any show but when you get the opportunity to be on a show you absolutely LOVE it makes all the difference in the world. Anyway after the shoot I got to tell Amy that she and Tina were incredible as hosts, and that I hoped they do it again.
When I think of comedy teams I think of the old greats Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, The Marx Brothers. Comedy like that no longer exists. It’s not hip enough. Those guys probably couldn’t even get representation today.
Yet many young people still love the old comedies.
But there haven’t been any two women teams in comedy that I can think of and Tina and Amy would be perfect to be the first ones to do it. I told her that too! (LOL)
In their one co-starring movie, “Baby Mama” the film grossed more than $17 million in it’s opening weekend.
About a month or so later I saw Amy again in Montreal at The Just for Laughs Festival, and shot a little video with her again on the red carpet of the Just for Laughs Comedy Awards where she won for Comedy Person of the Year, in which she gave me the unexpected honor of referring to me as her “co-star.”
Nick Kroll won for Breakout Comedy Star, even though he broke out a long time ago! And John Mulaney who was recently written up in the NY Post as the next Jerry Seinfeld was there to present him with the award.
John also gave me a very unexpected shout-out in front of the entire comedy industry as he was introducing Andy Kindler to give his annual State of the Industry speech. You can see it at the end of this little 3 minute video entitled “Who The F*@k is Jeffrey Gurian.”
I got to see Tina work in person when Tracy Morgan brought me to the set of 30 Rock where he was doing a scene with a horse. I sat in the control booth with Tina’s husband Jeff Richmond and needless to say it was a really fun day! ( And if it was needless to say then why did I say it?)
Tina and Amy have been friends for more than 20 years, as you can tell by the chemistry they have together.
Tina got SNL in 1997 and Amy came on in 2001 and since then they’ve become super-powers in Hollywood. They both have 4 year deals with NBC, with Tina doing a new as yet unnamed series she’s writing with Robert Carlock the showrunner of 30 Rock, (how’s that for a credit on your resume?) , and Amy has a new sit-com as well written with her brother Greg called ” Welcome to Sweden”, set to air this coming summer!
So tonight at 8 on NBC, I will be watching and cheering them on, and I’m sure you will too!