By Lindsay Ray
Taylor Swift may not have had a lot of love for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler recently, but that’s OK, I have more than enough. It’s easy to sum up why I adore these two so very much: they’re smart, they’re funny, and they support other women.
The first two parts of my list go hand-in-hand. They write funny jokes and they have the hutzpah to pull them off. I’m not saying all the jokes are a win, but they’re going to make you laugh, they’re not mean-spirited, and sometimes they’re going to make you think. If you don’t believe me (and if you do but just need an extra dose of Tina ‘n Amy), just watch the above.
And I could make a laundry list of accomplishments to admire: Tina wrote for SNL for years; Amy’s written some episodes of Parks and Rec. Tina created and wrote for 30 Rock; Amy helped found and wrote sketches for the Upright Citizens Brigade.
And while it might be said that any idiot can write a book, it’s quite the task to write a book that can make you laugh out loud within the first five pages. Tina did it with Bossypants (which I just now read. Yeah, yeah I’m a little late to the party but I was reading another funny lady, Mindy Kaling’s book). If you haven’t read it, trust me, you want to. Even if you think you don’t want to, you want to. And word is Poehler is now penning her own book, which I will read even if it’s a picture book.
Also, let us not forget one of their greatest accomplishments—making the Golden Globes watchable (and funny) again.
Plus, they create and embody relatable characters. Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope are iconic TV characters (at least to me). I mean, I kind of want to be Leslie Knope when I grow up, but I’ll probably be more like Liz Lemon (which doesn’t really disappoint me).
They not only create admirable fictional characters but they also support other women in real life. In Bossypants, Tina writes about how it can be hard for a woman in comedy (there’s some perception that women aren’t funny?), that there are certain expectations—be cute, be the girlfriend. And she talks about how Amy showed up at SNL and blew those expectations out of the water and how she felt great to have her friend on her side. And lest we forget, Tina pretty much wrote the treatise on girls nicely interacting with each other, the constantly quotable Mean Girls.
And Amy consistently shines a light on other passionate smart girls and offers sage wisdom through her videos Smart Girls at the Party and Ask Amy.
But maybe what I admire most of all about Amy and Tina? Their friendship. As women, we can sometimes get locked into competition with one another when it comes to careers or school or a romantic interest. But not so with Tina and Amy. They always support each other in their successes. And their long working relationship just speaks to their mutual and continued love for one another. I want to be their friend. But more than that, I want to be that way with my friends—to always be there to share in their successes and have a laugh when they need one.
So here’s to you, Tina and Amy. Thanks for making us laugh and inspiring us with your creativity, friendship and general awesomeness.