The selection of the “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation” stars as emcees of the ceremony — to be broadcast Jan. 13 on NBC — was announced earlier this evening in a move that clearly raises the awards show bar for Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and possibly anyone who plans to headline a trophy ceremony from now until forever.
Look, I don’t want to get ahead of myself since we all know that host appointments that sound really promising can often go terribly wrong. But Fey/Poehler, bringing the noise Lemon/Knope-style in front of a half-drunk Hollywood-glam crowd that this year will likely include a few hobbits, Joaquin Phoenix and the cast of “Downton Abbey”? It’s hard to see how this can fail. Plus they’re hilarious women. And I like it when funny ladies are given positions of authority.
What can we expect from the twosome that once reenacted the Sarah Palin/Katie Couric interview with astonishing accuracy? Certainly, we can expect some of this:
Possibly a little of this:
Maybe some of this, minus Lindsay Lohan. Then again, maybe with Lohan — the Fey/Poehler one-two punch is unpredictable!
Certainly quite a bit of this:
And if all goes well, at least one moment like this.
(Oh, and one more: as much of this as possible. What? You know Hamm’s going to be there.)
In conclusion, I am suddenly much more excited about this year’s Golden Globe Awards. And on that note: