Why ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star Amy Poehler Once Put Jimmy Fallon in His Place: ‘Jimmy Was Visibly Startled’

Saturday Night Live alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have come together several times since they hosted the iconic NBC show. Collaborating on several films together and strengthening the ranking of the Golden Globes as guests, the comedians became two of them SNLthe biggest stars.

In her memoir, Fey recalled an incident where Poehler stood her ground with SNL co-star, who helped create a new tone with the male members.

Alums 'Saturday Night Live' Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, and Amy Poehler
Alums ‘Saturday Night Live’ Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, and Amy Poehler | Theo Wargo / NBC / Getty Photos for ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’

Tina Fey hired Amy Poehler for ‘SNL’

Fey met Poehler at the Chicago ImprovOlympic Theater class in 1993 and immediately stopped.

“She was sharp, shy, and funny,” Poehler wrote in her 2014 book Yes, please. “We took classes together and sat in the back … When we did scenes together, they weren’t particularly funny or interesting. Nothing said that anyone in our team would be successful in a comedy course of any kind. ”

After Fey signed SNL in 1997, she lobbied for Poehler to join her. Poehler became an observer member in 2001, appearing in the first one SNL program to air after 9/11 attacks. Fey left the show in 2006, and Poehler left in 2008.

“She wasn’t there to play women and girls in the boys’ scenes,” Fey wrote. “She was there for what she wanted to do and she didn’t care if you wanted her to. I was so happy. … Although things were good for me at the show, with Amy there, I felt less alone. ”

Fey said, “I think of this every time someone says to me, ‘Jerry Lewis says women aren’t funny’ or Christopher Hitchens says women aren’t funny… Do you have anything to say to that? ‘ There is. We don’t care if you want it. ”

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