Back in 2007, late great Vanity Fair writer Christopher Hitchens irked oodles of women, and men, in a meandering article, asking, “Why are women, who have the whole male world at their mercy, not funny?” A slew of others have followed suit over the years. Former Man Show host Adam Carolla sniped to the New York Post in June, “The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks.”
Tell that to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the newly minted co-hosts of next year’s Golden Globe Awards.
NBC, Dick Clark Productions and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association named the Saturday Night Live alums on Monday as hostesses of the 70th annual awards ceremony, set to air live Jan. 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills.
While Ricky Gervais spread his feisty, punchy, spitfire brand of Brit humor for the past three years as a popular, yet feared, host of the boozy show, next year’s telecast marks the very first time a duo of gals will host the Globes, the HFPA confirmed to EW. There have been previous female co-hosts such as Raquel Welch, in 1985, who co-hosted with Michael York, and Joan Collins and Wayne Rogers in 1983, but no solo female hosts either.
So why should this, two women hosting, and specifically Fey and Poehler, be celebrated, cheered, yelled from rooftops, if one’s energetic enough? Because Fey, the star of her own show, 30 Rock, and Poehler, the star of her own sitcom, Parks and Recreation, are the kind of funny, truly funny, women that deserve to host a ceremony that’s just as freewheeling, sassy and entertaining as they are, while also honoring both television and film.
The pair have great on-screen chemistry, from being co-anchors on SNL’s Weekend Update from 2004 through 2006, to costarring in Baby Mama to going super viral as Sarah Palin (Fey) and Hillary Clinton (Poehler) on SNL during the 2008 presidential election, back in ’08. Who can forget Poehler’s frozen-though-furious face as Clinton, with Fey mugging behind her in glasses and a hair bump as Palin? Classic.
In August, EW mused about who could host the Globes, if Gervais didn’t, mentioning funny women such as Margaret Cho, who would likely stomp on the A-list audience’s more vulnerable sensibilities, Wanda Sykes, and fellow SNL alumna Kristen Wiig, so charming and saucy in last year’s ensemble Bridesmaids.
With more hybrid actress-writer-TV showrunners around such as Fey, Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham, now’s the time for multiple women to step to the front and proclaim, “Yes, we’re damn funny. Waddya gonna do about it?”
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