LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are ready to crack each other up at the Golden Globe Awards.
The two multi-hyphenate talents offered a taste of their quick-witted banter on a conference call with reporters Wednesday, during which Fey promised, “We’re going to sing the whole show.”
“The whole show is going to be sung front to back and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine have written it,” Fey deadpanned.
“We just called up Sondy,” Poehler said. “He just said, ‘Jackpot.’”
Fey, 42, and Poehler, 41, take over for three-time Globes host Ricky Gervais, who sometimes created a prickly atmosphere with his pointed barbs at individual stars and films.
“It was originally going to be the car from ‘Transformers,’” Fey cracked about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s first choice for a show host this year.
The Emmy winner said she doesn’t expect to “change the face of comedy” at the show.
“Because it’s such a fun, kind of sloppy night, it’s not really about the host giving any big comedy performance,” Fey said. “We feel like our job is to keep things moving and also to try to help get the movie stars more liquored up so, hopefully, someone’s boob will fall out of a dress. That’s our main role.”
Alcohol really does play a role in the show, with drinks at every table, Poehler said. “So it doesn’t take much, you know?”
“And Somehow, no matter what time you get there, you always just missed the food,” Fey said. “So you get there and there’s just booze on the table and a box of candy and that’s it. And the women haven’t eaten for days, so they have a half a glass of wine and they’re gone.”
The two hosts are also competing against each other as nominees for actress in a TV comedy for starring in the shows they write and produce. Fey is up for “30 Rock,” while Poehler got the nod for “Parks and Recreation.”
Poehler said they have been too busy to consider acceptance speeches.
“I know that I don’t need one,” Fey said.
“If either one of us does win, we’ll already have been talking at that point for a while anyways so people will be sick of our faces, so I’m sure we’ll keep it short and sweet,” Poehler said. “Or screw it. Since we’re hosting, we could just go as long as we wanted and cut into other people’s time.”
Considering their dresses for the black-tie affair, Fey said she planned to pay sartorial tribute to the night’s honorees.
“I’m going to wear one costume from each of the nominated films,” she said, “beginning with ‘Django’ and ending with a different character from ‘Django.’”
Given the Globes’ boozy atmosphere, will the hostesses imbibe?
“I’m going to pub-crawl it all the way to the venue,” Poehler said. “Then I’m going to try and take like a two-hour blackout nap before we start, and as soon as the show’s over, I’m going to go on a 10-day juice cleanse.”
Added Fey: “I’m going to start a really aggressive awards-season workout routine in the middle of the show.”
The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live on NBC.
AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy .
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