You know Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as extremely funny actors-writers-producers-hosts. But these longtime friends are adding another hyphen to their names this week: Guest editors.
After Entertainment Weekly put them in charge of this week’s issue (Thanks for the 30 percent raises, Tina and Amy! That wasn’t a joke, right?), Fey and Poehler assigned several stories, including one in which Mad Men’s leading man Jon Hamm interviewed Ellie Kemper, who will star in a new NBC comedy that Fey is executive producing. (As it turns out, Hamm was Kemper’s acting teacher back in St. Louis.) There’s also a feature on the upcoming Comedy Central series Broad City, which stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, and is exec produced by Poehler. The pair – who will team up next month to emcee the Golden Globes again – even penned the Must List and Bullseye. And Fey and Poehler clearly took the job very seriously, as you can see from their opening letter to readers: “If you are reading this ‘Letter From the Guest Editors,’ it probably means you have read all the other parts of the magazine at least five times and are in some kind of isolated and desperate situation. If it’s a bathroom emergency, try elevating your feet on an upturned wastebasket. If you are in the trunk of a drug lord’s car, try doing that thing Walter White does where he throws chemicals at the ground and they explode.”
Fey and Poehler also sat down with EW for a revealing Q&A, in which they discussed their friendship, hosting the Globes, why they have no interest in doing the Oscars, and their secret plan to have Amy’s two sons marry Tina’s two daughters. (“We have committed that we’re both going to wear peach to the wedding,” reveals Fey. “I talked to Faith Popcorn about it and the trend is going to come around right about the time that they should get married.”) They also discussed who might make an intriguing addition to their duo and dissected the Tina-Amy chemistry, which they say is not entirely dissimilar to the Olsen twins’. “When we’re next to each other,” explains Poehler, “we like to hug each other a lot, like we’re in the womb, and Tina’s thumbprint matches my pinky, because that’s what we were like in the womb.”