Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took the stage Saturday evening at YouTube Theater in Los Angeles for an “In Conversatio” occasion on the ultimate weekend of reveals to shut out the inaugural (and epic) 11-day Netflix is a Joke: The Festival.
After an amusing introduction that credited them as the celebrities of Baby Mama, Sisters and the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick (not true) adopted by a quick dance break, Fey kicked off the present with a few disclaimers.
“We are not stand-up comedians,” she mentioned. “So, remember tonight is a conversation. We are in conversation. This is not the Golden Globes. If you came here to see fancy outfits and hear hot takes on The Power of the Dog, ask the person next to you, I guess.”
The individual seated subsequent to The Hollywood Reporter spent the majority of the preshow not speaking about Jane Campion’s Western however as a substitute recapping the occasions main as much as Saturday, particularly the evening Dave Chappelle was assaulted on the Hollywood Bowl when an viewers member rushed the stage. (The suspect, Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested and charged with 4 misdemeanors.) As a end result, safety was a buzzy matter and even Fey additionally made observe of it from the stage.
“We are not stand-ups so if you came here tonight to tackle a stand-up, find someone from Netflix and get your money back,” she continued. “We saw what happened to Chappelle, and I don’t care what anyone says, I didn’t like it. We were a little worried about that, but I feel like the vibe in here feels good. I don’t feel like anybody is going to try that shit.”
But simply in case they did, Fey known as in some favors. “I felt like we should have someone here as backup, so I did text Jamie Foxx because he and I were voices in Soul together,” she mentioned of the actor who was on stage with Chappelle in the course of the incident. “I asked him to see if he would come. He did not answer the text. In his defense, I don’t think he gave me his real number. So, we called in another buddy of ours to do security tonight.”
The joke was a set as much as introduce the muscle who did make it to the principle stage: 30 Rock alum Jack McBrayer. “It really is an honor to be here,” he mentioned. “But security is important so I do need y’all to know that if you act a fool, I will fuck your shit up. If you come for them, I will come for your nut sack.”
Poehler quipped, “I feel safer.” With that out of the way in which, McBrayer exited the stage and left Fey and Poehler to speak it up for the subsequent 75 minutes. But first, they revealed the format. Seated reverse each other in gray chairs amid a easy arrange that includes greenery and a ground lamp, they took turns pulling items of paper from quite a lot of bowls scattered about.
“We are middle-aged white women, we love bowls,” joked Poehler earlier than Fey defined that every bowl contained a class of prompts together with questions from Twitter, “Would you rather?”, real dialog starters, random acts, well-known names and “impressions that I bet you can do.”
The first query to be pulled contained a query: “Who is the most famous person to ever hit on you?” Poehler joked that she fielded curiosity from John McCain. “You’re sort of his type,” Fey mentioned. “An Arizona blonde.”
Then Fey claimed that one evening throughout her SNL days, she felt the vibe from an unlikely suitor. “Kevin Spacey tried to hit on me,” she mentioned as she contemplated the love (from the disgraced actor who got here out as homosexual in 2017 amid allegations of sexual misconduct), “Who is this for? Who is this performance for?”
The two then talked in regards to the objects of their affections, saying that they don’t share the identical style in males in any respect, aside from one — ’70s-era John Travolta. “He can get it,” Poehler mentioned. Moments later, a gaggle of viewers members shouted out names of different well-known males. Harry Styles? Not a lot, Fey mentioned. “He looks like a baby deer.” They did choose one other, Henry Cavill. “Superman is our type,” Poehler mentioned, later including, “This whole show is us just talking about guys we find attractive.”
Another title that made its option to the stage was Jon Hamm, who had an arc on 30 Rock because the (fool) love curiosity of Fey’s Liz Lemon. After they each mentioned the actor is sort of a brother to them, Fey admitted that she needed to kiss him in an upcoming movie. (Though she didn’t title the title, they star within the John Slattery-directed Maggie Moore(s).)
Asked to say what they love about each other, Poehler got here fast with a praise. “Tina is really, really good at quiet talking in the moment. Women, you’ll know what I’m talking about,” she defined. “There are some people when stuff is going down, you go up to them and say, ‘Something’s going down,’ and they say, ‘Where? Who? What? Why?’ This bitch knows how to talk [quietly] next to you. She’s like a spy. She’s so good. I trust you, Tina. That’s what I love about you.”
Then got here a query asking them to determine their most embarrassing skilled second. Both got here courtesy of SNL. Poehler, nonetheless, mentioned hers was equal components thrilling due to the reside facet of it. During a Queen Latifah-hosted episode, Poehler and Maya Rudolph have been enjoying backup singers alongside the host. Seconds earlier than the skit went reside, the stage supervisor knowledgeable them that the music lower out. “You float out of your body and you’re in the rafters,” she defined of adjusting within the second.
Fey’s most embarrassing second additionally got here throughout a backup second on SNL however had much less to do with music and extra to do with ensembles. While Andy Roddick was internet hosting, she was supposed to bounce whereas carrying a gown and a brief white trench coat. “I didn’t want to dance behind him in a trench coat,” she admitted.
There was extra SNL discuss from the stage as they recapped what it was wish to tag group on “Weekend Update,” particularly how thrilling it was to package deal breaking information from Saturday morning into the printed later that evening. “We wrote our jokes the morning of,” Poehler mentioned. “Sometimes you could tell. What was fun about doing a live show and being in front of a live audience is that you could fold in whatever happened that day. I remember there being a lot of last-minute ‘Update’ bits during that time, like ‘Who wants to play the shoe bomber?’”
If one thing main did occur early within the day, they may rush to place their spin on it and beat notable late-night hosts to the punchline. “The Daily Show was such a force of nature at that time, you would hope that there was a big news story on Saturday morning so you would first crack at it. Otherwise, The Tonight Show, [David Letterman] and all these other shows had their shot at it.”
Speaking of pictures, Fey drew numerous laughs after drawing James Marsden’s title out of a bowl and sharing that she as soon as tried to set him up with Poehler.
“You were newly single, and I knew he was newly single,” Fey mentioned of the actor who additionally performed her love curiosity on 30 Rock. “We were at the [Emmys or Golden Globes] and we were going to an afterparty. I got it in my head that I was going to set you up. I was walking out, and I was like, ‘Jimmy you should come to our afterparty.’ He was like, ‘Oh, maybe I will,’ and I was like, ‘No, you should definitely come to our afterparty.’ I was drunk. Then he was like, ‘I’m going to take off.’ I realized in my drunkenness that he thinks I was trying to fuck him, and I’m a married lady — I wasn’t.”
Nor was she attempting to jot down herself a love scene with one other 30 Rock co-star, Matt Damon. He performed the pilot Carol Burnett on the present and Fey defined why they by no means had a kissing scene. “I remember my college roommate wrote to me and said, ‘I’m so mad at you, you should’ve written in that you got to kiss him.’ I was like, do you understand how fucked up that would be?” she replied in regards to the NBC sequence she created, wrote and toplined as TGS showrunner Liz Lemon. “That’s what men do and now, they’re in trouble for it. It would be creepy.”
Poehler disagreed. “It would’ve been really cool. That’s the perks. Them’s the perks.”
Fey saved the jokes flowing, then explaining the attraction of Damon and his longtime finest pal, Ben Affleck. “They are J. Crew sweaters. What I mean is, when you see them together, they’re really cute. When you go to J. Crew and there’s an orange, a kelly green and a peacock blue and you’re like, ‘This is so cute.’ And then you get one home, you’re like, now I got a fucking orange sweater.”
They delivered extra trade dish, too. When Fey drew Steve Carell’s title out of the bowl, she provided up a narrative in regards to the press junket for his or her movie Date Night.
“We did interview after interview after interview where every person in North America, Germany, France, England and every person would say to us, ‘So, was it so exciting for you to get to be with Marky Mark [Wahlberg]. I had to pretend to be super attracted to Marky Mark. And they kept saying to Steve, ‘Must’ve been very embarrassing for you to be the man next to Mark Wahlberg— so handsome,’” recalled Fey (who closed the present with a monologue from 9 to five whereas Poehler dealt with St. Elmo’s Fire). “Steve was such a good sport about it, but by the fifth country his ego was broken. It kind of broke him. The next thing he did was Foxcatcher, I think that’s why.”
Fey, who fielded nearly all of the questions whereas Poehler dealt with all of the impressions and the improv bits, additionally provided up the kinds of roles she’s being provided as of late. Specifically, this one: “Very professionally successful [woman] who cannot have a child or an orgasm. That’s what I project. [Recently], I got offered this movie that is sort of my nightmare — it’s a good movie too. It’s going to get made and Kathryn Hahn is going to be great. It’s about a lady who can’t have orgasms, and then in the movie, she has a million of them. I’m not doing either side of that.”
After being provided the function, Fey known as Poehler and requested, “Why do I always get offered these parts of women who can’t have babies or can’t have orgasms?” Poehler replied: “I said after 50, you are either horny or you are a witch. One or the other babe.” Or, possibly each? Fey known as an audible: “Can we agree right now with whatever Netflix people are in the room that we are going to make Horny Witch?”