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loving "the butler" and "fruitville station" and he is going to with be disappointed that neither were nominated as well. >> i am told that we have the president on line two, but we have to wrap up, and we have a couple of seconds. ladies, thank you. >> no! >> i'm kyra phillips, and amy pohler and tina fey, the first ladies of comedy begins right now. the bb ffs. >> that is what we are. >> who became everybody's buddies. >> hello! >> and hollywood's hottest hosts. >> she has plans to do it. >> none of us have plans to do it. >> tina fey and amy poehler.
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two smart women -- >> so am i, and this one. >> yeah, deal with it. >> funny on their own. >> yeah, i farted. jealous? >> together, they are hilarious. >> and hillary and i don't agree on everything. >> anything. >> from humble sketch comedy beginnings. >> ah, look, jimmy, it is pop teen sensation avril lavigne. >> they became moviehouse powerhouses. tonight, a tandem. >> that just sent shivers. >> poised again for golden globe domination. >> it is not better. >> this is better. >> no, this is better. >> this is good. >> we got it now. >> and tina fey and amy poehler, the first ladies of comedy. >> it is a great night for celebrating.
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>> i learned to corset, and not much air to my head. >> and it is the party of the year. the golden globes presented every year by the hollywood foreign press association, but in 2013, something different, two new hosts. >> ladies and gentlemen, tina fey and amy poehler. >> could they pull it off? headlining this shoppach ed wit a-listers boozing it up. >> well, the show is really taking a turn. and time to start drinking. >> the two with best friends quickly get everybody laughing. >> only at the golden globes do the beautiful people of film rub faces with the rat-faced people of television. >> smart, and charismatic, and most importantly, hilarious. and that hosting performance is hailed by critics and everybody who sees it.
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>> they knocked it out of the mark. >> and it was fun and spontaneous and they were in the moment. >> it is incredible, and they will outdo themselves once again, because they are incredibly bold ladies, and they are the queens of comedy right now. >> i thought that they were w wonderful. they got everything right, and it is fun, and it was like a roast. >> and it is getting sloppy in here, everybody. look it. we got drunk going closest. >> they projected niceness so that when they do go into the kind of more zingier places, people don't feel like, oh, my god, they are so mean. >> mean is one word pinned on ricky gervais who hosted three years running before tina and amy. >> our first presenter is beautiful, talenteded and jewish, apparently. mel gibson told me that. he is obsessed. >> the comedian grew as many gaffes and gasps for what p many thought was too harsh.
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>> two heterosexual actors trying to be gay, and the complete opposite of two scientologists then. >> and where so many other award show hosts have offended -- >> i feel bad about that joke. >> tina and amy triumphed. >> the beautiful anne hathaway is here tonight. anne hathaway, you gave a stunning performance in les miserables. and i have not seen anybody so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were on stage with james franco at the oscars. >> and it is to draw the biggest audience in six years. and guess who is re-upped for two years? >> we are hosting the golden globes, because with rein love with each other. >> because we are the best.
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>> and what is that? is. >> you did the golden globes again with your friend tina. >> we are very excited. >> not prepare d at all. >> excited, but not prepared. yeah, excited and had a fun time last year, and hoping to do that, facilitate the evening and keep it moving and do as little as we have to. >> and is it easy with her? >> always. we have known each other for 20 years now, and it is fun to do it with your friend. >> i thought it would be more comfortable that then this. >> yeah, this is better. >> a lot better. >> yes, this is good. >> yeah, we got it now. >> hey! >> and funny women now proven hosts. >> and it is a great year for women in film, and kathryn bigelow is nominated tonight. i haven't really been following the controversy over "zero dark 30" but when it comes to torture, i trust the lady who spent three years married to james cameron. >> they come across as terrific
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good buddies, and i will be definitely watching especially because they are hosting, yeah, definitely. >> just to get you excited, here is a preview of the big opening number. >> five, six, seven, eight -- >> when we come back -- >> this time, i'm going to do more. >> we will show you how tina and amy meet on the improve stage. >> are you excited for a show this evening? >> and rise through the "snl" ranks. >> and some people say that hillary is a bitch and yeah, she is, and so am i and this one. >> yeah, deal with it. >> and you know what, bitches get stuff done, and, bitch is the new black.
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honors -- >> i'm very excited to be hosting this evening. >> the accolades -- >> yeah, we don't win anymore,
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but we get to come. >> tina and amy take the first bows on the stage on "saturday night live". >> ah, look, jimmy, it is teen punk pop sensation avril lavigne. >> that is their introduction to america, but they are introduced to each other a decade later. tina fresh from the university of virginia and amy a armed with a degree in improve training from boston college. head west to chicago. and it is there that they meet in 1993 at the comedy training ground improve olympic. >> my name is amy and my name is 506-1ga. >> have i heard of them? no. >> i have a knack for seeing that special thing, and, i did
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see it when i saw tina and i did see it when i saw amy. >> and this is outside of tina's wedding. >> and charnahalpern saw them come through the doors. >> i put them on a team where they were surrounded by six men, and those men knew who ran the show, and it was those girls. i created a show called "the living room" which i shot a pilot for with them. >> tina and amy now fast friends continue their training at a place synonymous with comedy greatness, chicago's second city. >> pretty extraordinary when you start to look at the pictures and the faces. >> andrew alexander is ceo of second city. >> dan aykroyd, and eugene levy,
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and gilda radner and john candy. >> we don't have to go far to see the face, tina fey. >> yes. >> and what kind of classes did they take? >> all improve classes in the early stages, when they were learning their craft. >> oh, my god, na was just a secluded area. >> come on, it was the popeye's chicken. >> i'm not in the current show that much, probably because it is my first show, so this time, i am going to do more. >> this is rare footage from a second city documentary featuring tina. >> you want to spend your time focusing on, i can keep up, and i can, you know, or my place here, and find my niche this this ensemble. >> fay makes second city's main company, and poehler gets into the touring company and then decides that her future lies elsewhere. >> amy kind of left us before she ever made one of what we call our main stages.
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she decided to move on. >> to new york in 1996 where she co-found rival comedy group upright citizens brigade. >> are you guys excited for a show this evening? >> she needed to come to new york and needed to find a new nic niche, and she was polishing up her skills with that stage. >> in '97 tina gets her own summit to new york, and it is a life changer. >> she came to interview with lo loren michaels to be a writer on "saturday night live," and she is an improve kid, and then she goes to see lorne michaels, and what voila. >> and what did he see in her? >> a perfect comedy writer. >> are you looking for something for moms? introducing mom jeans at
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jcpenny's. >> she wrote the mom jeans sketch, and the racial tension headache sketch. >> new excedrin for rachel headaches, and take thing me from oh, no, i didn't to i wish a [ bleep ] would. >> it is "saturday night live," and what was she up against when she was hired as a writer there? >> well, it has been a boy's club for a lot of the history burk i think that in the tina era, it was, it became strongly feminized, and talent breaks through. >> and her talent is so big that she is named the first lead writer in "saturday night live" history. and then another crucial moment in tina's ascent, she moves from behind the scene s s to the anc desk on "weekend update." >> in a new study, scientists are reporting that drinking beer can be good for the liver. i'm sorry, did i say scientists?
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i meant irish people. >> lorne has said that he was taking a risk with tina to put her in that role. >> well tina was unknown, and she was not a big star, and so he put them together to see how it would work, and they had fantastic chemisty. >> years later on his own late night show. >> we have clips. >> and fallon reveals footage of the original screen test. >> i'm a gristled ex-cop with a heart of gold. >> i'm a 7-year-old orphan always getting into mischief. >> and together -- >> we bring you the news. >> and while tina is on "saturday night live" news, amy is in the shadows, but tina whispers in the producer's ear, hey, what about my buddy. >> she was influential there. >> and amy works her magic as she joked to larry king.
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>> i met him in an undisclosed location, and had a manila envelope with $50,000, and here i am. ♪ i'm not crazy ♪ come on baby >> how good of a sketch comedienne is she? >> she is one of the best i have ever seen. >> and there was a period of time if you watch "saturday night live" you would say, it is the amy poehler show. >> and i promise you, darling, there are no ghosts around here, so you are safe. >> that is good, because i hate ghosts. they are spooky. >> sorry, amber, are you farting? >> yeah, i farted. are you jealous? >> her range expands from 2004 to include co-anchoring weekend
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update alongside, you know who. >> i'm amy poehler. >> and tonight's top stories. >> their update pairing lasts two years before tina moved on. >> i'm tina fey and i'm hosting "saturday night live" tonight. >> and then they reteam for one night. >> and what bothers me the most is that people say that hillary is a bitch and let me say something about that. yeah, she s and so am i, and so is this one. >> yeah, deal with it. >> reminding us all how awesome they are together. >> and bitch is the new black. >> tina fey, everyone. when we return, tina and amy part ways on snl. >> we have not worked together in a couple of years. >> but they regroup on the big screen. >> what is that? >> water. >> it is horrible. welcome back. how is everything?
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weekend update with tina fey and amy poehler. >> hollywood takes notice of tina and amy's "snl" team work. legions of late night alum before them, the duo leaped from television to the big screen. >> you have to stop calling each other sluts and whores. >> tina stars in "mean girls" where amy plays a morally ambiguous mom. >> there are no rules in this house. not like a regular mom. i'm a cool mom. >> "mean girls" is a box office smash, earning more than $129
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million worldwide. and more movies follow. >> i want to put my baby inside you. >> next, they pair up in "baby mom." >> yeah, kate, we're partners. like tom and jerry. >> tom and jerry hate each other. >> what? they love each other. >> they're a cat and mouse. >> they have so much fun. >> tina lands as a leading lady along side steve carell in "date night." >> hello, up here, we were in here earlier having dinner with my friend, sam i am. >> you mean will i. am. >> that's what you call him? i don't like that. >> that is weird. >> in the midst of their newly launch launched movie careers, their television presence grows. amy continues to showcase on "snl." >> sunday, the rockefeller christmas tree was lit, as was i. >> hi, i'm liz lemon. >> tina translates her real life experience on the show into the fictional sitcom, 30 rock. >> you have the boldness of a much younger woman. >> it takes a while for viewers
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to only to know "30 rock" yet despite its bumpy start with tina as the creator, writer and star of the show -- >> didn't you tell me you had a jay leno impression. >> -- nbc is willing to bet on it with a second season. >> "30 rock's" numbers were terrible. it wasn't really even getting really good critical attention. but if you remember, "seinfeld" didn't either. this is a good example of letting a show grow. don't yank it. it was to nbc's credit they went, okay, we trust you, so we're going to just give you enough time to find your way. >> under tina's leadership, "30 rock" finds its way to 103 emmy nominations and 16 wins over 3 seasons. "30 rock" is the jewel of tina's comedy crown. >> i got to have the final say on almost everything but i had all these incredibly talented people doing the work with me and for me. i'm spoiled forever. >> while enjoying the spoils of her creative control at "30
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rock" in 2008, tina is asked back to "snl." where she makes the most of her uncanny resemblance to a certain political candidate. >> you know, hillary and i don't agree on everything. >> anything. >> i believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy. >> and i can see russia from my house. >> tina and amy's satirical portrayal of sarah palin and hillary clinton becomes an overnight sensation and national obsession watched by millions. >> tina fey and sarah palin was huge, huge on like seven or eight different levels. tina got up there and basically through her performance said everything everybody was thinking. then you have amy to do hillary clinton is actually really hard. >> i love your outfit. >> why, thank you. >> i do want the earrings back. >> oh, okay.
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>> it also reminded us that comedy can be influential in politics. >> well, in that case, i'm just going to have to get back to you. >> their take on the 2008 election cements the strength of their partnership and solidifies their hollywood stuff. you it's amy's turn to depart "snl" for her own sitcom portraying absurd public official leslie in the fictional indiana on "parks and recreation." >> we have hiking and capture the flag and puppet show of the bill of rights set to "party in the usa." >> "parks and rec" initially fails, but they earn acclaim and a loyal legion of fans. >> it's a humane show. it's funny but never mean. a show that's unlike anything
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that's on television. >> what makes the magic, though, what makes it work? >> i think we have great writers and best cast in tv. mehdi or drama. i've said this before. >> you want to cut funding for the public putt putt? >> as for how the cast feels -- >> monster. >> is she a monster? >> that's the word, right? >> amy is an incredibly comedy machine. >> what about that amy poehler? >> way over her, she gets all the lines every week. leslie, leslie, leslie. >> i mean, how did it -- >> it's actually the center of the show. it's really weird. >> no, she's the best. she's the sweetest and technically she's the leader of our show, you would never know it. she's just so kind. >> admired by their comedy peers and respected by their comedy icons. >> they're very witty. and they bring brains. they are very smart. and they know how to deliver a line.
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>> meryl streep is not here tonight. she has the flu. i hear she's amazing in it. >> their legacy will be they made you laugh. >> two wildly accomplished writers, produces and actresses. for tina, her career has become more than she ever imagined. >> i feel i've exceeded my wildest dreams. >> when you think about what you're doing now in wrr liyour now, do you pinch yourself and say wow? >> i wanted my life to be filled with doing good work with my friends. i feel like i'm doing that now which is awesome. it's been a slow and steady race for me. i like the long game or the long con as maybe better to say. >> you're the tortoise, not the hare. >> maybe i am the tortoise and will eventually win the race. i don't know. >> amy and tina undisputably the reigning first ladies of comedy. for more of tina and amy's
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golden moments and get the latest on the red carpet stars and standouts, check us out on the entertainment page on cnn.com. after nine days of threats of imprisonment, confiscation of footage, and what was the most chaotic, difficult, yet amazing trip of my life, the last thing that stands between us and our flight home is the reason we came. the congo river itself. >> erik, this ferry cannot move today. because now they're closed and they have to wait until tomorrow. >> the u.n. truck just said he's been here since this morning. >> i've been held up for days. >> what's up, freddie? >> they're starting the engine. >> they're starting the engine. awesome. j

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