All the times Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s friendship was the cutest
Amy and Tina are at it again. Our favorite funny lady duo/dream team returned to the Weekend Update desk for SNL’s 40th Anniversary Special last night (along with the legendary Jane Curtin), and we’re still working on processing how amazing it was to see them as co-anchors again. Basically, they’re the greatest, and we love them so, so much (and can’t wait for their new movie, Sisters, coming out later this year)!
With Tina Fey’s new Netflix comedy gaining steam, Amy Poehler’s beloved show Parks and Rec in the thick of its final season, and our first ever HelloGiggles book on besties about to hit the shelves (shameless plug), we thought it was about time for us to honor the pair’s incredible friendship.
When they gossiped about Del Close in the middle of his lectures.
These days, Amy and Tina make a living off of writing jokes and shamelessly doing impressions on camera; but in the 1990s, they were busy doing what every normal pair of best friends does: gossip about their teacher in the middle of class. According to Charna Halpern, the co-founder of the improv group that the duo performed in, the future comedy stars spent much of their time whispering about their teacher and improv legend Del Close during his lectures.
When they tried to perform the Kevin G rap from Mean Girls.
This rare, behind-the-scenes footage from Mean Girls confirms that, if Amy Poehler’s acting career doesn’t pan out, she always has her rapping skills to fall back on (or, you know, maybe not). I don’t know what’s better: Poehler’s attempt to master Kevin G’s talent show rap or Tina’s exaggerated head-bobbing in the background. You decide.
When they decided to take a “road trip” to see Oprah in Chicago.
In an effort to promote their film Baby Mama, the duo wrote and filmed a short skit about driving up to Oprah’s talk show. While the skit ends prematurely with the two comics throwing in the towel, the bloopers reveal a slightly different (and hilarious) ending.
When Amy honored Tina during the latter’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony.
The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is one of the most prestigious comedy awards out there. So, when Tina Fey won the title in 2010, Poehler showed up to honor her—giving a touching speech about their early years and how, back in 1993, “[their] dreams were as big and unshaped as [their] eyebrows.”
When they auctioned off their friendship for $72,000 for charity.
During the Night of Too Many Stars gala in 2012, Amy and Tina managed to raise $72,000 for an autism charity. How? By auctioning off themselves. The two offered to spend a night pulling shenanigans with the highest bidder. Shouting things like “we will break bad with you” at the audience, the pair was able to convince two best friends to contribute $36,000 each for the cause.
When Tina badgered Amy to join SNL until she finally caved.