Amy Poehler and Tina Fey came into their Golden Globes hosting duties with high expectations. As two of the funniest women in Hollywood, they were expected to follow in the footsteps of past hosts like Ricky Gervais.
They delivered — and then some.
The former Saturday Night Live castmates were a hit as hosts of the show, ABC News noted, and even took a page out of Gervais’ hosting style in singling out audience members. Ricky himself was a target of their jokes.
Tina Fey: “Ricky Gervais couldn’t be here, because he’s no longer in show business.”
Amy Poehler added: “Ricky Gervais found out the hard way, when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host this show two more times.”
During their opening monologue, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler ran through some of the celebrities in attendance.
Tina Fey said to Girls creator Lena Dunham: “If they’re forcing you to do all that nudity, just tell us. Give us a signal … and we’ll call child services for you.”
Amy Poehler also addressed Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, saying: “I haven’t really been following the controversy over ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.”
Tina Fey would also call Quentin Tarantino “the star of all my sexual nightmares.” Fey would also get one of the biggest laughs of the night when she told Taylor Swift, “You stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son,” who served as Mr. Golden Globe.
“You need some ‘me’ time,” Fey added to Swift.
The jokes continued throughout the night for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. After Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance on stage to introduce Lincoln, Poehler exclaimed: “Oh my god that was Hillary Clinton’s husband.”
Fey and Poehler weren’t just co-hosts, CBS News noted, but also competitors. They were both nominated for best actress in a TV comedy series — Fey for 30 Rock and Poehler for Parks and Recreation.
“Tina, I just want to say that I very much hope that I win,” Poehler told her co-host at the start of the show.
“Thank you. You’re my nemesis. Thank you,” Fey said.
In the end, it would be neither Tina Fey nor Amy Poehler holding the Golden Globe. Lena Dunam won the award for her part in Girls.