267. A Brunette and a Blonde Walk into a Bar

(credit: vulture.com)

(credit: vulture.com)

As we gear up for this weekend’s Golden Globes, let’s take a look at one friendship that trumps all the others in Hollywood. Yep, I’m talking about BFF’s Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. This article by Vulture.com summarizes their union perfectly. Plus, the duo has updated the rules for their awards show drinking game – so good luck getting out of bed on Monday.

Sidenote: Did you know Tina Fey gave her second child (Alice) the middle name Zenobia? I looked it up and apparently she’s either named after a 3rd century Arabic Queen or a Swedish built Challenger-class RO-RO ferry. So, she’ll either grow up to be royalty or the captain of a ship. Pretty much she’ll be awesome.

*Note to self: Start gearing up for the Golden Globes (aka put my local liquor store’s # under favorites).

254. Extreme Like Button

UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) is the mecca of all improv comedy theaters. Having taken both improv and writing classes there, I can honestly say that this video perfectly captures what a little gem this place truly is. You can feel the history when you walk inside as well as the excitement that brews from the audience. All I can say is that if you’re in New York City and you love comedy, UCB is a must see. There are shows every night (for cheap) but Sunday night is when the real magic happens. You never know who is going to show up to ASSSSSSCAT. As Amy Poehler jokes, “You get what you pay for. And it’s a free show.” Sometimes the entire cast from SNL will stop by (since many of them got their start at UCB) or someone super famous and hilarious like Robin Williams will make a guest appearance. But watching the players from various sketch groups perform on stage is just as rewarding. You’ll find yourself howling with the rest of the audience, with a semi-cold can of PBR (just $2!) in one hand. Just be ready to wait in line. If you know me at all, you’re aware that I’ll sit in the snow for hours eating slices of pizza just to get a seat.

I have to say that performing on that famous stage during my first level improv graduation show was one of the highlights of me living in New York City. I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous. Thank you Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh for opening up such a creative outlet for all to enjoy.

*Note to self: SIGN UP FOR IMPROV AS SOON AS MY ANKLE HEALS. It’s been way too long – so long ago, in fact, that I forgot I had full on bangs the last time I performed there. 

**2nd Note to self: DON’T GET BANGS AGAIN.

My friend Jess and I after our Improv 101 Graduation Show

My friend Jess and I after our Improv 101 Graduation Show

211. These Girls Rock So Hard

Hosts

I didn’t even need to watch the rest of the Golden Globe Awards last night (via JetBlue, thank you) because Amy and Tina’s opening monologue made the whole thing worth it. Their delivery and characters made me laugh so hard I cried in my seat (12A, window, thankfully). I literally had to use my drink napkin to wipe my tears away (in between gulps of “turbulence-soothing” wine). In case you missed it, here’s how they opened the ceremony (think my favorite joke was the James Cameron reference and hearing all the stunned celebrities who couldn’t hold in their laughter):

*Note to self: Find a nice suitable suitor. Like this guy:

Fake Nomination

206. My Future BFF

Poehler

Like I needed 30 more reasons (read amazing list here) to love Leslie Knope. Why aren’t we best friends again? It’s okay. I’ll just think about the good old days when we rocked Weekend Update. LYLAS.

Poehler & Petrone '06

Poehler & Petrone ’06

*Note to self: Check out Amy’s YouTube series, Smart Girls. It’s pretty fabulous.

103. Two Hilarious Dudes in Bright Colors

Mike O'Brien (in a nice Irish green) and John Mulaney (in a nice coral/salmon color)

Little did I know that while strolling through NYC on a late summer night back in 2009 with my roommate (Jamie Lee) and her friend that her friend was the John Mulaney.  I knew he worked at SNL but I had no idea the extent of his funniness.  After seeing one of his stand-up shows I left crying (and almost peeing my pants, but that’s a whole other story).  He’s the guy behind Bill Hader’s hilarious character, Stefon, and has just secured a deal with Comedy Central for his own stand-up special.

As for Mike O’Brien, he’s the hilarious SNL writer and guy behind 7 Minutes in Heaven (see post #87), the web series based out of a closet at Rock Center.  He’s brought on everyone from Amy Poehler to Patricia Clarkson and yep, you guess it, he’s sucked face with most of them.

Learn more about this hilarious duo and find out why PAPERMAG just named them two of the most Beautiful People 2012.

79. Betty and Jodi: Revitalizing The Bronx (And The Yankees)

(Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph reunite on The Bronx Beat)

If The Bronx wants to revitalize their image I know just the gals to help out.  Betty and Jodi from The Bronx Beat.  That’s right, the two reunited on a recent episode of SNL and thankfully they hadn’t changed a bit.  They were still their usual hilarious selves.  Rebranding would be a piece of cake with these two as the official spokeswomen for the borough.  I can picture it now:

Betty 

Yeah, ah, come to The Bronx.  It’s special.

Jodi

Whadya talkin’ about, special?  What’s so special ’bout it?

Betty

Whaddya mean what’s special ’bout it?  It’s special..

Jodi

Tell me one thing that’s special ’bout it.

Betty

You want me to tell ya?

Jodi

(talking over her)

Yeah, tell me. Tell me.

Betty

Okay, I’ll tell ya.  Whaddabout Little Italy.  We got Little Italy here at The Bronx.

Jodi

(chewing her gum)

So does Manhattan.  

Betty

Oh yeah.  Okay okay.  Whaddabout, ah, the Bronx Zoo.  We got animals.  We got gorillas.  You like gorillas?

Jodi

(to camera)

Yeah, you like gorillas?

Betty

(to camera)

Gorillas?

A PRODUCER runs up and whispers in Betty’s ear.

Betty

Oh, okay, so I was just told by my producer that Manhattan also

(pauses and puts her finger up in the air)

has gorillas.

Jodi

Whaddya mean they have gorillas. What are they doin’, walking around the subway?  The subway?  Hey, ah, ticket for one?  I don’t think so, my friend.  Let me tell ya somethin’, I would not get on the subway if there was a gorilla sittin’ next to me.  Ok?

Betty

No, at the zoo, Jodi.  They got gorillas at the zoo, too.

Jodi

Oh, they got a zoo too, huh?  

Betty

Yeah.  A zoo, too.

Jodi

Well, there’s gotta be something The Bronx has that Manhattan does not.  Am I right?

Betty and Jodi pause to think.

Betty

I got it.  What about The Yankees?

Jodi

That’s right.  We got The Yankees.  How could I forget about ah, what’s that guy’s name again?

Betty

Oh, you mean, ah, Babe Ruth.

Jodi

No, not Babe Ruth.  Although I do love that guy.  I’m talkin’ bout the hot one.  You know, with the muscles.

Betty

Oh, ah, Derek Jetah.

Jodi

Yeah, we got Jetah, Manhattan.  

Betty

Jodi, I think he might live in Manhattan.

Jodi

Who cares?  He plays in The Bronx.  Am I right or am I right.

Betty

You are right, Jodi.  Take that Manhattan, okay?  Take that.  We got the real Jetah here.  Now lets go before I get all hot and bothah’d.

Jodi

That’s it!

Betty

That’s what?

Jodi

That’s the new slogan: Come to the Bronx, where you’ll get all hot and bothah’d.

Betty
I like it, Jodi.  I like it a lot. 

Okay, somehow that turned into a Yankees commercial but still, you get my point.  Cheers to The Bronx and The Yankees.  After all, it’s almost baseball season, right?

Here’s a look at a real scene between Betty and Jodi:

http://www.hulu.com/embed/M1btuajYzMTzhk1qNQLpZA

52. Wait a minute…


50. Saturday Night’s Children

(credit: Splitsider.com)

I don’t think I could ask for a more amazing topic than writing about those who have graced the stage on Saturday Night Live.  Splitsider got on board with this idea and started Saturday Night’s Children, a column that presents the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member one week at a time.  This week’s column focuses on Amy Poehler, the insanely talented and lovable woman who will take huge risks to get the laugh.  I wish I could wear Amy Poehler perfume just so I could exude a spritz of her amazingness.  I would call it Sweet Maniac because that’s exactly how I would describe her.  Plus she’s married to Will Arnett.  The two of them must just go to bed laughing every night.  Here they are in a Christmas Gap ad back in 2007:

(credit: consumerist.com)

Read why Amy is so hilarious in this week’s Saturday Night’s Children: Amy Poehler (2001-2008)