In case you haven’t noticed, we are pretty big fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler over here at The Grindstone. Besides being hilarious, these women are writers, producers, directors, mothers and just all around great ladies. If I ever met one of them, I probably wouldn’t be able to form words, but I supposed if I paid to hang out with them for a night, I would have to try. Well two women will get that chance as they bought a night with this talented duo at Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars benefit in New York City. Two women ended up paying $36,000 each for the privilege of being the duo’s best friends for the night. I would think these women are worth more or possibly priceless but $72,000 will have to do.
I can’t even imagine how much fun these ladies are. These are the people that invented Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope, two of the best female characters to ever grace the television screen? But what would I ask? Would I just be like “How do you do it all?” When “Do you sleep?” or would I just cut to the really important stuff like, “Is Jon Hamm really that hot and actually funny?”Or I could have them reenact that famous Katie Couric/Sarah Palin interview. Or maybe just some scenes from Mean Girls or some classic Weekend Update lines.
Or I would just let the good friends talk to eachother because I imagine that would be pretty fun in itself.
Tina and Amy are both in admiration of eachother. From TheStar.com:
“Amy Poehler was new to Saturday Night Live and we were all crowded into the 17th floor writers’ room,” recounts the show’s former head writer about her early experiences with sexism. “And she did something vulgar as a joke. I can’t remember what it was exactly, except it was dirty and loud and ‘unladylike.’”
Whatever it was, it prompted the show’s presumed star, Jimmy Fallon, to wheel around indignantly and command: “Stop that! It’s not cute! I don’t like it.”
Poehler, she recalls, stopped what she was doing, squinted like Dirty Harry and told her nonplussed co-star, “I don’t (bleep)in’ care if you like it.”
Continues Fey: “I think of this whenever someone says to me, ‘Jerry Lewis says women aren’t funny,’ or ‘Christopher Hitchens says women aren’t funny’ or ‘Rick Fenderman says women aren’t funny’ . . . do you have anything to say to that?’
“Yes. We don’t (bleep)in’ care if you like it.”
Amy said in a recent interview:
“When I first started improvising with Tina Fey, we would do the most terrible improv scenes,” Poehler said, adding that she calls Fey `Betty.’ “I think I’m the only one, I hope so, I better be, that and all her many lovers. She’s got a lot of Betty qualities, I think,” she said.
In a tribute to Amy recently, Tina said, “We even have shows on the same night in what will be known as the last great days of NBC.”