Monday, December 21, 2015

"I Don't Think People Want To See That Many Women Talking At Once"

All of you out there have probably heard already, but a certain movie raked in the dough over the last couple days, becoming the highest opening for a movie in a single weekend. It was totally unexpected! Years from now people will still be talking about that one time Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took down the highly anticipated return of Star Wars.

Oh, sorry about that, somehow a dream I had last night was registering as reality in my brain for a quick second.

Sadly Sisters was not the movie EVERYONE on the planet was racing out to see over the weekend, but enough of a crowd still did, making the Fey/Poehler comedy open in the third spot with a respectable $13.4 million.

But it's not all about the money guys! Other than ensuring that these two will continue to make movies together for the rest of their lives. The world needs their faces on screens forever and always.

I wasn't able to make it to see either of these movies this weekend (Christmas is almost here and there's still so much to do!!), but I will as soon as possible. While I am stoked to see Star Wars (because R2D2 is my homeboy), in reality, Fey and Poehler are my Han and Chewie , or Luke and Leia, or any combination of the new characters that make sense as a dynamic duo. If there was ever a movie I would sleep outside on a sidewalk for (which really might be unlikely on all fronts), it would definitely be for one starring Tina and Amy. (Throw Meryl in the mix and make them a trio - I'd pass right the f out.)

It's not just that these women are funny - there are a thousand reasons to love the brains behind Liz Lemon and Lelie Knope: they have, and continue to write sharp, topical jokes (like during their time at SNL and hosting The Globes), women everywhere can rejoice in how they took part in creating smart, clever, and hilarious female characters (see 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation), they are bestselling authors (read Bossypants and Yes Please immediately, if you haven't done so three times already), they are both lovely examples of projecting positive lady images (see projects like "Amy Poehler's Smart Girls") and, most importantly, it's admirable how they support each others successes.

Anyone who has seen them talk about each other (as in any interview they've ever done) knows that these two are the best example of how to be proud of your friends. They always talk like the other one is the best person on the planet and are totally humble, which sets such a great example for ending jealousy and just being happy for other people. Work hard and there is enough room for us all to accomplish the things we want - what a simple concept!

They've also been real life friends forever, which makes it possible for media sources like Vulture to create delightful timelines charting out their rise to fame and world domination.

Let's just say it like it is - these broads are the best and when teamed up they are unstoppable, even in short clips, like the one they just made with the hysterical gals from Broad City (Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer).

This weekend they weren't just at the multiplexes either, they were also featured at their home away from home - the stage of Saturday Night Live. 

Fey and Poehler's main years at SNL hit right when I was a teenager, the prime time for gathering with friends on Saturday nights and laughing late into the early hours of the morning. Those pros are always welcomed back into the world of live comedy.

Last night showcased the women totally killing it from beginning to end. It was the first time in awhile that I enjoyed every sketch and video. This episode had it all - there was a clever song in their monologue, a bunch of crazy "clips" from a 1970s variety show (also featuring comedic powerhouse Maya Rudolph!), The Boss (!), and a perfect spoof of all those malfunctioning "hover boards" (they don't really hover, guys).

Those moments, while great, weren't even the best! There was also one sketch ("Meet Your Second Wife") that is without a doubt the most creative and biting moment the show has had in recent memory. I can't remember the last time a sketch hit a cultural norm in such a real way. In another top highlight, Tina and Amy answered the tired question, "how do they juggle it all?" by forming the "squad" I want to hang out with most, which includes people like Gayle King, Amy Schumer, and a rapping Aidy Bryant. (Watch "Dope Squad" here.)

Tina and Amy also returned to some familiar bits from the past - "Bronx Beat" was back, they both told jokes at The Weekend Update Desk, and it wouldn't be complete without the writers finding a way to get them back into some tasteful business suits so they could take another swing at their iconic spin on Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. Even after a few years off, their impressions of these women were brilliant.

All in all, fans of Fey and Poehler have been reveling in these two being all over the place recently. Now after this weekend, we'll have to go back to catching them in reruns and re-watching Baby Mama for the zillionth time. Whether it be something old or new, Tina and Amy have always brought the funny, and, in my eyes, exemplify the quality I want to work on most - being fearless. 

Here's to 2016, to Sisters, to Tina and Amy, to finding comedy in every situation, and being fearless.

Until next time.

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