Watch out Seth MacFarlane: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have set the bar high as hosts of the 2013 Golden Globes Awards.
The former “SNL” alums were a hit, and made you forget all about three-time Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais — though not entirely.
Fey: “Ricky Gervais couldn’t be here, because he’s no longer in show business.
Poehler: Ricky Gervais found out the hard way, when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host this show two more times.”
During their opening monologue, they singled out famous folks in the audience.
To “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, Fey said: “If they’re forcing you to do all that nudity, just tell us. Give us a signal … and we’ll call child services for you.”
Later, after Dunham won for best actress in a TV comedy series and thanked fellow nominees, including Fey and Poehler, for getting her through middle school, Poehler feigned drunkenness and said, “Congratulations Lena, I’m glad we got you through middle school.”
Also during the opener, Poehler turned to “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow and said: “I haven’t really been following the controversy over ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.”
To Anne Hathaway, Fey said about her performance in “Les Miserables”: “Never have I seen someone so abandoned since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars.”
Poehler dazzled while putting on a Boston accent while addressing Ben Affleck, “I’m from Boston too,” she said. “You’re not better than me.”
Fey called Quentin Tarantino, “the star of all my sexual nightmares.”
She also joked that “The Hunger Games” was not just one of last year’s biggest movies, but “What I call the six weeks it took me to get into this dress.
Poehler followed up, calling Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” “what I’m gonna call the six weeks after I take this dress off!”
The jokes continued throughout the evening.
After Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance to introduce the film, “Lincoln,” Poehler, who famously played his wife on “SNL,” quipped, “Oh my god that was Hillary Clinton’s husband.”
Fey got a huge response when she singled out Taylor Swift, saying, “You stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son,” who served as Mr. Golden Globe.
“You need some ‘me’ time,” Fey said to laughter.
As the hosts said goodnight, Poehler sneaked in one last joke. “We’re going home with Jodie Foster,” she said.