Stars on global dou­ble duty

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THE duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler proved such a suc­cess at host­ing the Golden Globes in Jan­uary that they’ve been signed up for the same job for the next two years.

NBC, the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion and producers of the Golden Globes an­nounced the un­usual two-year com­mit­ment on Tues­day. Next year’s Golden Globes will be held in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia, on Jan­uary 12.

Allen Shapiro, CEO of Dick Clark Pro­duc­tions, said the for­mer Satur­day Night Live chums have ‘‘a truly unique chem­istry mak­ing them one of the most ta­lented and cap­ti­vat­ing pairings of all time.’’

They were bathed in crit­i­cal love for their per­for­mance this year, with As­so­ci­ated Press critic Fra­zier Moore call­ing them ‘‘the night’s big­gest win­ners.’’ They got laughs with­out be­ing po­lar­is­ing, as was the case with pre­de­ces­sor Ricky Ger­vais. Poehler even poked fun dur­ing the show at the Hol­ly­wood de­bate over whether Ger­vais was too hard-edged in mock­ing Hol­ly­wood stars.

‘‘We want to as­sure you that we have no in­ten­tion of be­ing edgy or of­fen­sive tonight,’’ said Poehler, star of the US com­edy Parks and Recre­ation.

‘‘Be­cause, as Ricky learned the hard way, when you run afoul of the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press, they make you host this show two more times!’’

Fey, whose com­edy 30 Rock ended this year, and Poehler were both nom­i­nated for best ac­tress in a com­edy or mu­si­cal at this year’s Globes but lost to Lena Dunham, star of Girls.

More im­por­tant than crit­i­cal sup­port, Fey and Poehler were good for busi­ness. The Golden Globes had their best rat­ings in six years for the most re­cent pre­sen­ta­tion, and were up 17 per cent over the 2012 show. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

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