Getting Shit Done: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and the New Everyman



It’s a fantastic time for women in comedy. Critically lauded and high grossing films like Bridesmaids and Bachelorette written by awesome, hilarious women (Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Leslye Headland) and shows like Lena Dunham’s Girls and Issa Rae’s upcoming I Hate LA Dudes attract viewers of both genders and inspire near-religious recapping and analysis. At long last, smart feminist comedy has become the focus on our screens, providing complex portrayals of women — and at the forefront of this effort are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

When I read that Seth McFarlane was hosting the Oscars this year, my gut reaction was a combination of “meh,” “ew,” “really?” It’s the same types of white dudes hosting major awards shows again and again. A couple weeks later, after the announcement that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were hosting the Golden Globes, the internet combusted from sheer excitement, and I along with them. The genuine joy that Fey and Poehler inspire in their rabid fan base (often manifesting in gif form) is the result of the positive, women-centric content they create and the discussion it generates.

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