By Yvonne Villarreal
Los Angeles Times
---- — PASADENA, Calif. — Tomorrow, Amy Poehler will co-host the 71st annual Golden Globes. She’s got an NBC show — and a web show. A film set for Sundance. And she’s executive producer of the upcoming Comedy Central bestie comedy “Broad City,” which she was helping to promote Friday morning at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.
“Everybody’s busy,” Poehler said sincerely. Then a beat.
“I just have a series of doubles that attend various functions. I may or may not be Amy Poehler sitting here in front of you.” An alternative answer to her calm-before-the-awards-storm question: “I’m heavily medicated.”
Poehler’s presence also inevitably led her mine her thoughts on the recent hires made by “SNL” — Sasheer Zamata as a cast member, and Leslie Jones and LeKendra Tookes as writers — to combat the deluge of diversity criticism the show has received.
It was a topic that Poehler seemed eager to embrace. In a U-turn from how she approached the matter during a recent Q&A, she said, without directly referring to The Hollywood Reporter, that the Q&A had “misquoted me out of context” in seeking comment on the hire of Upright Citizens Brigade alum Zamata. With dozens of people in the room, here’s hoping we all get it right:
“I’ve not gotten a chance to say congratulations,” Poehler, an Upright Citizens Brigade founder, said Friday. “UCB is proud.” She also congratulated the addition of Jones and Tookes. “It’s awesome to see all those new faces on ‘SNL’”
Of course, the session took time to focus on “Broad City,” too. The comedy, based on the popular Web series of the same name from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, centers on the two friends as they navigate their 20s in New York City. Go ahead, make the comparison to those other girls.
“I think, for the most part, we were trying to depict our lives in our early 20s. I’m 45 now,” deadpanned the clearly-not-45 Jacobson. The life details depicted include even the mundane stuff, like, “How many bags can I carry every day with me?” while navigating the city, she said.
The series, which premieres Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m. following the network’s popular “Workaholics,” will boast some not-so-shabby comedy guest stars, including Fred Armisen, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Schumer, Amy Sedaris, as well as Poehler. But Poehler praised Comedy Central for being the hub of climbing talent — Schumer, Chris Hardwick, Key & Peele, Nick Kroll, etc.