Emmys 2014: Amy Poehler is Beyoncé and everything is wonderful

August 25

It doesn’t matter if Amy Poehler is hosting a show, walking the red carpet, baking cookies or cleaning the bathroom. She is nearly always the best part of any Hollywood event.


Amy Poehler arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in L.A.

After Seth Meyer’s perfectly acceptable opening monologue, he noted that the first presenter was his “friend” and had written the introductory speech herself, leading to this glorious moment: “Please welcome my friend, Beyoncé!”

And because this is the Internet, this is not the first time that Amy (only one name needed) has been paired with the indestructible Beyoncé.

If there is one guarantee at every awards show, it’s that Poehler will steal the spotlight. In an appearance later in the evening, Poehler took the comedic reins yet again as she and host Seth Meyers mulled over the best way to introduce “True Detective” co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. They spitballed such gems as “Please welcome two gentlemen whose names are also items at marijuana dispensaries,” “Please welcome two gentlemen who seem like they’d be chatty in the sack,” and, the ultimate winner, “Ladies and gentlemen, the only two actors in Hollywood not rumored to be starring in Season 2 of ‘True Detective.’”

When she’s not actively helping friends run the show or hosting the Golden Globes herself with fellow perennial favorite Tina Fey, Poehler is scheming to showcase her fellow funny ladies during award nominations. There was the unforgettable bold stride to the stage as her name was called as nominee at the 2011 Emmy Awards and her fellow actresses followed suit, a stunt that Melissa McCarthy announced was the brainwork of Ms. “Parks and Recreation” herself.

The next year proved equally bold as Poehler and (the arguably equally ridiculous) Julia Louis-Dreyfus played out a faux exchange of acceptance speeches that highlighted Amy’s love for her family and Julia’s love for… well, herself.

Poehler has yet to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Actress in a Television Series, losing to Julia Louis-Dreyfus (again) this year. But unlike most stars, for her bold moments alone, Poehler is the winner even when she’s the loser.

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