And boy, they did not disappoint.
Mixing old-school humor with below-the-belt jokes that would make even Ricky Gervais blush, Fey and Poehler had us laughing and gasping they way they did for years as cohorts on Saturday Night Live, making for one of the funniest and most relaxing awards shows in recent memory.
They even made a torture joke about James Cameron — and actually got away with it.
What were their best one-liners of the night?
Celebuzz has pulled together the best and funniest from the night. Check them out, below, then share your favorites in the comments.
Tina Fey: “Tonight we honor the television shows that have entertained us all year, as well as the films that have only been in theaters for two days.”
Amy Poehler: “Only at the Golden Globes do the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television.”
Tina Fey: “Ricky Gervais could not be here tonight because he is no longer technically in show business.”
Tina Fey: “It was a great year for women in television. Lena Dunham is a double nominee. Leah, we love your show. But if they are forcing you to do all that nudity you have to tell us. Just give us some kind of signal and we will call child services.”
Amy Poehler: “Kathryn Bigelow is nominated tonight. I haven’t really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty, but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.”
Amy Poehler: “When left untreated, the HFPA can lead to cervical cancer. However, there is a vaccination…”
Tina Fey: “Ben’s two first films were in Boston, but he moved this one to Iran because he wanted to film somewhere that was friendlier to outsiders.”
Tina Fey: “The beautiful Anne Hathaway is here tonight. Anne Hathaway, you gave a stunning performance in Les Miserable. I have not seen someone so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars.”
Tina Fey: “The Hunger Games was one of the biggest films of the year and what I call the six weeks that took me to get into this dress.”
Amy Poehler: “Ang Lee’s been nominated for Best Director for the Life of Pi, which is what I’m going to call the six weeks after I take this dress up.
Tina Fey: “Quentin Tarantino is here, the star of all my sexual nightmares.”
Amy Poehler: “Meryl Streep is not here tonight. She has the flu, and I hear she is amazing in it!”
Tina Fey: “I like Homeland, but I don’t think it’s as good as that other show, previous on Homeland. That thing is action-packed.”
Amy Poehler: “Wow. What an exciting special guest. That was Hillary Clinton’s husband!” – on Bill Clinton’s surprise presentation
Tina Fey: “Congratulations, Lena [Dunham]. We’re glad we got you through middle school.”
Tina Fey: “You know what, Taylor Swift? Stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son.”
Amy Poehler: “Goodnight! We’re going home with Jodie Foster.”
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