Just call them the golden girls.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were on duty as host of the Golden Globes for the second straight year Sunday night, and once again proved to be masters of the gig.
Displaying the solid comic rapport they developed while playmates on "Saturday Night Live," the two women came strong out of the gate and basically killed it with a hilarious monologue that offered just the right blend of sly snark and self-effacement.
They started by welcoming the live audience at the Bevely Hilton, along with "all the women and gay men watching at home." And Fey, referring to the fact that the duo was back for an encore performance, pointed out that, in Hollywood, you just keep doing it "til everyone hates it."
There doesn't appear to be any chance of that -- at least not for a while. Unlike edgy hosts such as Ricky Gervais or Seth MacFarlane, they have a way of putting a live audience at ease -- instead of making them feel like they're in front of a firing squad -- while keeping things entertaining for the folks at home.
That's not to say they didn't take their jabs. George Clooney, for example, was the on the receiving end of one particularly sharp zinger when Fey insisted that the film "Gravity" is the "story of how George Clooney would rather float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age."
Not every punch line landed, of course. Calling Matt Damon "a garbage person," in relative terms, among a room of big stars, was a bit of unnecessary roughness, and the whole shtick about Danny and Bobby wanting to say "hi" to Martin Scorsese went nowhere fast.
But Fey and Poehler maintained a good batting average as they kept the laughs coming. Among the highlights of a brisk, rat-a-tat-tat monologue was a joke about how Matthew McConaughey lost 45 pounds for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" -- "or what actresses call 'being in a movie.'" And then there was Poehler referring to the cable drama "Masters of Sex" as "the degree I got from Boston College."
They even had a fun bit of audience interplay as they chided Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a duel nominee, for sitting in the movies section, rather than with her fellow TV stars. Cut to: Louis-Dreyfus in sunglasses and smoking an e-cigarette and acting the snob.
A sophomore slump? Not for these two. Now, if we can only come up with more awards shows for Fey and Poehler to host.