Ever since former “Saturday Night Live” head writer Tina Fey put herself on camera to do the Weekend Update segment of the show, the world has been in love with her wit and willingness to mock just about anyone or anything. When she and real-life friend Amy Poehler teamed up for the news segment, it was like magic. That magic was on full display at the 2013 Golden Globe ceremony when the two funny ladies reteamed to host the show. Now, word comes that they have inked a deal to host the show again in 2014 and 2015. It’s easy to find plenty of reasons why they’re the perfect choices to host the show for the next two years.
The 2013 broadcast of the Golden Globes attracted 19.7 million viewers, which is the largest audience the show has had in the last six years. It is also up a full 17 percent over the previous year. Awards shows in general have either reached a plateau in the ratings or have seen declines in recent years, but the one-two punch of Fey and Poehler bucked that trend. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives out the Golden Globes every year, was thrilled with the higher ratings, making rehiring the two ladies a no-brainer.
It isn’t easy to host a popular awards ceremony—just ask Anne Hathaway and James Franco, who were criticized for their performances hosting the Oscars back in 2011. The show is beamed to the majority of countries around the world. It’s a lot of pressure, and not everyone can handle it. At the 2013 ceremony, not only did Fey and Poehler handle it with ease but they also won over even the most vehement critics in the process. They got almost universal acclaim for their performances, which is practically unheard of for a big awards ceremony.
They Have Great Chemistry
The two have been close friends for years, even since before they both became famous. They were in a sketch-comedy troupe in Chicago called the Second City, which is practically a breeding ground for future “Saturday Night Live” performers. They worked together for years before being tapped for the legendary late-night TV show, so they have managed to build a comfortable and easy rapport. That chemistry was very evident during the 2013 show, and their jokes all seemed natural and unrehearsed. It looked like two best friends were hosting the show instead of two virtual strangers, and that made a huge difference.
They’re Experienced with Sketch Comedy and Live Audiences
“Saturday Night Live,” as the title of the show suggests, is filmed live in front of a studio audience. No matter how much the players rehearse, things will go wrong from time to time, and the actors just have to roll with it. It’s a talent that can’t really be taught, which is why so many actors avoid live television. Fey and Poehler already know how to deal with potential live-television landmines, so they are great choices for a live awards show.
They also brought a lot of sketches to the 2013 ceremony, which had been absent in the previous years when Ricky Gervais had hosted the show. They have years of experience with sketch comedy, so they really know what they are doing and how to play to the audience. The use of sketch comedy broke up the usual awards show monotony by breaking from the traditional formula, in which the host tells jokes between announcing presenters. It was a refreshing change of pace that could be used more often on this type of broadcast.
They Prove That Females Are Funny
A nagging and terrible belief remains among some entertainment executives that women simply aren’t funny or aren’t as funny as men. Over the last several years, many funny women have been changing this perception, including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and, of course, Fey and Poehler. The comedy world still has more men than women in it, but women are finally breaking out of the shadows and really making a name for themselves. The hiring of Fey and Poehler over a pair of male comedians shows that the Hollywood Foreign Press has faith in the power of funny ladies despite what some studio executives think. It’s a much-needed nod to the abilities of women to not only handle a high-pressure job such as hosting an awards show but also to deliver laughs under that pressure. Fey and Poehler could probably host the awards show inside a pressure cooker and still make people laugh, which is why they truly are the perfect pairing for this gig.
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