women in comedy
The Tonight Show
Tonight marks an important moment for Comedy Central: The premiere of the Ilana Glazer/Abbi Jacobson sketch show Broad Show, produced by lady comedian/UCB founder Amy Poehler. See, it’s a pun, because it stars women, and the word “broad” has a couple different meanings.
The first episode of the show is already online at Comedy Central, or check out below for some irreverant clips.
When Jimmy Fallon first took hold of Late Night, his premiere guests included Robert DeNiro (Space Train, anyone?) and Justin Timberlake. Now that he’ll be moving over to Jay Leno’s spot on the Tonight Show on February 17th, Mr. Fallon has nowhere to go except horizontal for his game-day bookings.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes last night were a roller-coaster of fun drunks, unprepared speeches and Matthew McConaughey. Here were our top favorite moments (besides Emma Thompson’s boozy rant against high heels, which we just didn’t have room for but loved anyway), in no particular order.
Ah, this kind of stuff never happens to us. We’re never the people on the street just minding our own business, and all of a sudden a celebrity pops up and tries to get us into the spirit of the holidays. That literally never happens to us, but if it did, we can promise you we’d try to feign a little more enthusiasm than the people in this video.
“I’m in the south of France, so I can’t be there this evening,” began a note from Woody Allen that was read aloud before Monday night’s Peggy Siegal Company screening of his latest film, Blue Jasmine, at MoMA. “I only wish I was in New York and couldn’t be there.”
This fits the notoriously press-shy director’s M.O. During last summer’s premiere of To Rome, With Love, Mr. Allen braved the crowds for the red carpet before beating a hasty exit through some shrubbery to avoid the paparazzi, a feat that many of Jasmine’s stars can probably relate to.
“Jesus Christ,” muttered Louis C.K. as a rogue photographer broke ranks and began flashing blindingly bright lights into the corner where he and his former Parks and Recreation co-star Amy Poehler had sequestered themselves before the film. “Can you believe her?”
Ms. Poehler, in a somewhat more jovial mood, continued regaling the comedian with the story of her recent chat with President Barack Obama.
“He said, ‘Sasha and Malia just love you,’” Ms. Poehler informed Mr. C.K.
“Wait, who and who?” the Louie star deadpanned. “Okay, so what did you say?”
Updated: Tina Fey responds below!
Have you been reading all about Taylor Swift telling Amy Poehler and Tina Fey that they are going to hell for their Golden Globes jokes in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair? Or wait, was that Katie Couric who told Taylor Swift that, and the singer was just relating it back in an anecdote? Did Amy Poehler say she was actually going to hell? Did Couric totally rip off a very famous Madeleine Albright quote about a basketball?
If you are confused, don’t worry. Here are some GIFs from Mean Girls to help explain.
Golden Globes 2013
Ha ha. Love this. It’s not even technically a “prank,” so much as a very good method for finding out what former co-workers really thought about you. All you do is wait until they are on a nationally syndicated program, and then call up the show pretending to be someone named “Coco” from “New Hampshire.” You don’t even have to mask your voice!
Not too many surprises this year in the nominations, announced today, for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. This year, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be making history as the first female duo to host the ceremony, held on Jan. 13., but other than that, it’s all Lincoln (seven nominations), Argo (five) and Django Unchained (ditto).
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting the Golden Globes this year. This is a big “first,” since never before in herstory have two women been allowed to share the same stage in Hollywood, for fear they would start shredding each other’s clothes and tearing out clumps of hair.
But being on TV and being friends with Tina Fey aren’t the only two things Ms. Poehler is good at. She also gives #RealTalk lady advice to young women on her website, Smart Girls at the Party.
That is why ABC World News was impressed enough to name Ms. Poehler “Person of the Week.” It’s truly an honor, as the following video from last night’s broadcast clearly shows.
“Every time you hear the word vagina, drink!” commanded opening act, Mamie Gummer.
The audience, mainly female—go figure—responded with the obedient clinking, and subsequent sinking, of glasses that reverberated through Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. And vagina was indeed the theme of the evening at These Girls, Glamour’s night of monologues by young ladies they’ve deemed the new generation of female voices.
It quickly became apparent that for all involved (Olivia Wilde, Leandra Medine, Rashida Jones, Zosia Mamet, Aubrey Plaza and Lauren Miller), this was a chance to have a real heart-to-heart—you know, girl talk—so far from their usual introverted selves.
“Tonight, these girls can be who they uniquely are fan-fucking-tastic,” exclaimed Gloria Steinem.
It was refreshing, we suppose, though The Observer did feel a tinge of sympathy for the few men in the audience.