Fey, Poehler’s Golden Globe hosting tips to Gervais
LOS ANGELES—“It’ll be great,” Tina Fey replied without skipping a beat when I asked for her thoughts on Ricky Gervais returning as the Golden Globe Awards host, after she and Amy Poehler successfully had the gig for three years.
“I just want to say (to Ricky), ‘You are probably going to want to have three different gowns. And if someone offers to make you couture gowns, yes, do that, because you don’t want to risk wearing something that someone else is wearing (laughs). And you are going to have to stop eating cheese, bread and sugar now through the holidays,’” Tina quipped.
Tina is starring with Amy in director Jason Moore’s “Sisters,” a comedy about two siblings who decide to stage one last big party in their childhood home before it’s sold. She and Amy were interviewed separately for this piece.
Will the two beloved women ever come back as hosts of the Golden Globes show someday? “I don’t know that we would never return,” Tina answered. “But I wanted to take a break before anyone had the chance to say, ‘Hmm, I didn’t like it as much this year.’ And I didn’t want it to seem like it was our permanent job. So that was one reason, and I want to have one Christmas when I overeat.”
“We are going to miss it,” Tina said about not being the hosts this year. Then, she deadpanned, in a whisper, “But if you vote for this movie, we will shout jokes from the audience. If you don’t bring us, we will heckle the s— out of Ricky!”
For her part, Amy cited why she’s glad to be no longer hosting Hollywood’s party of the year, which honors excellence in film and television: “I’m so happy that I don’t have to think about jokes over Christmas.”
Getting fully drunk
She added with a smile, “I’m looking forward to being able to get fully drunk on the night of the Golden Globes, as opposed to just halfway drunk. We’ve had an amazing experience doing it! It was a true honor to get to do it and be so warmly welcomed and celebrated. I have such fond memories of it, so I think this year, it will be nice to just be either in the audience or watching it at home. I’m always excited to see it! It’s always the most interesting awards show.”
When I mentioned about the pact (mentioned in an article) that she and Tina made to do a project every seven years, or else the witch’s curse will come true, Amy cracked what would happen if they did not: “One of us will age.”
So, could that project be a return to the Globes? “I love that idea,” she said, then exclaimed, “I say, let’s talk turkey!”
“One of the best things about doing that together with Tina was getting an opportunity to drag her out to this devil hell’s gate we call Los Angeles,” Amy quipped. “We get to stand next to each other and do comedy together. It’s always fun, which is why making ‘Sisters’ was such a blast. It was a chance to do our thing together, which America seems to like.”
“And I don’t have to work,” she said with a laugh about not being onstage with Tina on the night of Jan. 10 at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. “I’m excited to not have to be on call and on duty. When you’re the host, you have to keep it together and make sure that your party guests are having a good time, which is what we always try to do.
“We were into the idea that the people who came to the show felt excited that they were there, that it was a night to celebrate, that they were going to get hit in a way that they would mostly enjoy and maybe a tiny bit hate, but nothing that they had to be bracing for.”
Fun to do
“It’s about keeping the night going,” said Amy, who voiced Joy in “Inside Out”—the animated feature that has started picking up honors in this awards season. “All that kind of stuff which was fun to do—and then, very fun not to have to worry about this year (laughs)!
“I still know how to sneak into the back (of the ballroom). I know where the bathrooms are. I know the quickest ways to and from places, so I have all of that knowledge without any responsibility (laughs). So, I will be using Ricky’s bathroom while he’s onstage!”
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