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Hosting an awards show is hard. Some of the greatest comedic minds of the last five decades have stepped up to the plate and wound up embarrassing themselves. Let the record show Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have not added their names to that depressing lot. In fact, the ladies positively crushed their opening monologue, generating a couple of laughs so big they actually had to leave an extended pause to let the audience recover.
Not surprisingly, footage of their hard-hitting and aggressive monologue has already found its way on the Internet. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch. If you watched it live, remind yourself how wonderful it was below...
You hear how over-the-top that reaction to the James Cameron joke was? It sounds like everyone in the room was waiting for a reason to have a laugh at his expense for decades and finally got it. Same thing for the James Franco crack about his really shitty hosting performance at the Oscars too. People were pretty nice about that debacle at the time, but in retrospect, it was truly awful.
Regardless of what Fey and Poehler do the rest of the night, their performance will be considered a raging success. For their sake, however, I hope they continue the forward momentum and prove to every last person how hilarious and capable they are.