This interview originally appeared in the Dec. 20th issue of Entertainment Weekly.
In the mid-’90s, they found themselves on the same improv comedy team. In the mid-aughts, they became the first female duo to anchor the “Weekend Update” desk on Saturday Night Live. A few years later, they costarred on the big screen in Baby Mama. And today? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are still finding ways to sit or stand next to each other while trading punchlines. In fact, they just tackled the daunting roles of guest editors for a recent issue of EW. The duo’s next reunion will take place on Sunday, when they host the Golden Globes for the second year in a row.
In the meantime, each is thoroughly busy on her own: Poehler stars on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, is writing a memoir, and is exec-producing an upcoming NBC sitcom and Comedy Central’s Broad City, while Fey, creator and star of 30 Rock, will hit theaters next year in Muppets Most Wanted and This Is Where I Leave You, and recently sold sitcoms to Fox and NBC. Since Poehler is based in L.A. and Fey is stationed in New York, EW decided to spare almost every expense and reunite them for a long-distance conversation over three bagels and one muffin, with Poehler, 42, chatting from EW’s West Coast bureau and Fey, 43, joining via Skype from New York. How did their freewheeling conversation come to involve George Clooney in a Ziploc bag, Siamese-twin judges, and a high-flying geisha? Read on.
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