Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: BFFs' best onscreen moments
Can anything get in the way of Lincoln‘s momentum? Could Smash possibly upset the Best TV Show — Comedy or Musical category? Who cares! The real reason to watch the Golden Globes this Sunday is to see three glorious hours of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler doing what they do best: Hanging out together and making us laugh.
Ever since meeting in an improv class nearly 20 years ago — back when Tina “had only recently learned that you can pluck your eyebrows” and Amy got $15 dye jobs that made her hair “the color of white lined paper” — Pohler and Fey have enjoyed a best-friendship that’s the envy of non-Tinas and Amys everywhere. (2012’s Night of Too Many Stars even auctioned off the chance to be the pair’s third BFF for the night; the winner, predictably, had an amazing time.) Naturally, the pair frequently work together onscreen — proving that as funny as they are individually, Amy and Tina are better together.
So here’s a chronological list of their greatest clips — starting with one of SNL‘s best commercial parodies:
“Mom Jeans” (2003)
Fey started writing for Saturday Night Live in 1997. Four years later, she was ecstatic when Poehler joined the show as a featured player — as Fey later wrote in Bossypants, “I was so happy. Weirdly, I remember thinking, ‘My friend is here! My friend is here!’ Even though things had been going great for me at the show, with Amy there, I felt less alone.” Even better: Poehler’s arrival meant that the two of them could co-star in this fake ad, written by Fey, about a very special brand of pants.
Mean Girls (2004)
Fey and Poehler (a.k.a. Regina’s “cool mom”) don’t really appear onscreen together in this Tina-written movie — but they can both be seen in this behind-the-scenes video, which shows the ladies practicing Kevin G’s mathlete rap.
Tonight Show interview (2004)
Want to know more about Fey and Poehler’s colorful pasts? If so, you’ll definitely enjoy this extended double interview, in which the pals recall their awful old jobs (ice-cream scooper; YMCA towel-hander-outer) and their SNL beginnings.
Weekend Update with Lindsay Lohan (2005)
When Jimmy Fallon left SNL in 2004, Poehler took his spot at the Weekend Update desk — making her and Fey the first two female Update anchors in the show’s history. Their two-year Update run was filled with memorable moments, but this bit featuring a fresh-faced Lindsay Lohan — who was already making headlines for her wild offset behavior — is one of the best. Even if it also bums us out in retrospect.
Baby Mama (2008)
Though this underrated buddy movie isn’t as funny as Mean Girls, it’s essential viewing for any Feyler fan — and all things considered, it is still pretty funny. (EW gave it a B.)
NEXT: A dynamite political duo, a 30 Rock cameo, and a very public photobomb
2008 Emmy Awards presentation (2008)
The Poehler and Fey’s banter was on point when they presented Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. The best part: When Amy gives a message to the people of Mars.
SNL‘s Palin/Clinton cold open (2008)
The very first sketch of Saturday Night Live‘s 34th season introduced Fey’s instantly iconic Sarah Palin impression, a caricature that was even funnier juxtaposed against Poehler’s incredulous Hillary Clinton. The pals would team up again a few weeks later for an equally historic sketch spoofing Sarah Palin’s infamous Katie Couric interview.
“The Jersey Floor” (2011)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon‘s Jersey Shore parodies would have been funny enough without Amy and Tina playing a couple of spray-tanned, skanky “stalkers.” But with them? This is better than a night at Karma. Especially on account of Fey’s very pregnant belly.
Fey’s Golden Globes photobomb (2012)
Is this the moment that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided to ask the duo to host the ceremony this year? Either way, it’s the best unscripted awards show moment since the 2011 Emmys, when Amy organized a mock beauty pageant during the Best Actress in a Comedy presentation.
30 Rock‘s second live show (2012)
Okay, Fey’s Liz Lemon and Poehler’s Young Liz Lemon don’t actually interact in this clip. Still, though, the list would feel incomplete if we didn’t give it a shout-out.
The pair’s first Golden Globes promo
Oh yeah, people: Sunday’s gonna be good.
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan star in the Emmy-winning comedy. You want to go to there.