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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler ‘Restless Leg’ review: Can’t miss greatest hits

In
the
mid
to
late
1990s,
“Saturday
Night
Live”
often
gave
major
cast
members
“Best
Of”
celebrating
the
highlights
from
their
tenure
on
the
show.
Mike
Myers
got
one;
Chris
Farley
got
one;
heck,
Will
Ferrell
got
three
(!).

After
eight
flashy
seasons
on
the
show,

Amy
Poehler

was
also
bestowed
with
a
“Best
Of.”
However,
her
cast
mate
and
co-anchor
on
Weekend
Update

Tina
Fey

never
had
one
produced
in
her
honor.

Thankfully,
the
duo’s
excellent
ongoing

‘Restless
Leg
Tour’

rectifies
that
unfortunate
slight.

Currently
running
at
New
York
City’s

Beacon
Theatre

for
an
extended
residency
— which
includes
a
likely
to
be
packed

Valentine’s
Day
show


the
pair
flex
all
their
comedic
muscles
over
the
course
of
an
airtight
90-minute
show.

It’s
like
a
live
“Best
Of”
but…better.
A
“Better
Of?”
Yeah,
that
feels
right.

Without
spoiling
too
much
(there’s
so
much
good
stuff), here’s
our
rundown
of
the
comedic
team’s
live
show
along
with
a
few
of
our
favorite
lines
from
the
laugh-filled
night.


The
opening
act

Before
Fey
and
Poehler
took
the
stage,
burgeoning
star

Zarna
Garg

kicked
off
the
night
with
a
barn-burning
15-minute
set.

Garg,
a
mother
of
three,
joked
about
her
family,
reality
TV
and
immigrating
to
America.

“This
may
come
as
a
shock
to
some
of
you,
but
I
am
an
immigrant,”
she
began.
“And
when
I
say
that,
people
often
wonder
if
I
have
a
sad,
depressing
backstory
and
I
do.”

“It
was
hard
to
come
here!
I
flew
coach.”

The
tone
was
set
for
the
evening;
Garg’s
refreshing
hot
takes
were
the
perfect
lead-in
to
our
sardonic
dual
headliners.

*Note:
Zarna
is
staging
a
tour
of
her
own
this
year;
make
sure
to

grab
tickets

to
see
her
one-of-a-kind
comedy
live.


Fey
and
Poehler
Act
One:
A
dense,
joke-heavy
monologue

After
Zarna
wrapped
up
her
sparkling
stand-up,
a
montage
of
Fey
and
Poehler’s
greatest
hits
— “30
Rock”
and
“Parks
and
Rec”
clips;
scenes
from
the
under-appreciated
“Sisters”
and
yes,
the
classic
“Mom
Jeans”
sketch
— played
on
a
screen
set
onstage.

Now
that
the
crowd
was
officially
warmed
up,
the
evening’s
main
attraction
sauntered
into
the
spotlight
in
awards
show
gowns.

A
well-deserved,
minute-long
applause
break
followed.

“I
am
Amy
Poehler,
this
is
my
work
husband,
Tina
Fey,”
Poehler
cracked.

For
the
next
10
minutes,
the
ladies
delivered
witty
patter
that
was
on
par
with
their
standout
Golden
Globes
monologues
from
years
past.

“We
are
back
in
a
New
York
groove!”
Poehler
announced.
“Which
I
believe
is
slang
for
when
you
fall
between
the
train
and
the
platform.”

Joke
after
joke
after
joke
about
the
city
followed,
each
snarky
punchline
topping
the
last.

Watching
the
two
ping
pong
bits
back
and
forth
was
a
marvel;
their
easy
chemistry,
effortless.
The
fact
that
the
two
aren’t
on
TV
every
week
is
a
crime;
yet
it
also
gives
seeing
them
live
a
vital
urgency
— who
knows
when
this
will
happen
again?


Fey
and
Poehler
Act
Two:
The
origin
story

30
years
ago,
the
comediennes
met
back
in
Chicago.
Unfortunately,
they
don’t
remember
exactly
how
it
happened.

So,
in
an
effort
to
pay
tribute
to
their
pre
“SNL”
days
performing
at
Second
City
and
Improv
Olympic,
they
improvised
what
“might
have
happened”
with
the
help
of
an
audience
suggestion.

At
the
Saturday,
Feb.
10
show,
the
two
reimagined
their
friendship
blossoming
in
a
bathroom.

Fey
set
the
scene.
She’s
on
a
date
(“he’s
still
here,
that’s
pretty
good.
That’s
a
first”);
Poehler
admits
she
“stands
in
the
back
and
watch
other
people
connect”
which
garnered
big
laughs.

Soon
after,
they
mixed
things
up
and
reinterpreted
their
meeting
as
a
horror
film.
Next,
it
was
a
noir.
Finally,
a
musical.

“Like
jazz
or
sneezing,
(improv’s)
a
lot
more
fun
to
do
than
to
watch,”
Fey
joked
before
they
jumped
into
their
characters.

That’s
simply
not
true
when
two
of
the
very
best
to
ever
do
it
are
onstage.


Fey
and
Poehler
Act
Three:
Weekend
Update
update

Even
though
they’ve
been
improvising
for
over
30
years,
the
“SNL”
alums
became
household
names
trading
exquisitely
constructed
barbs
behind
the
Weekend
Update
desk
from
2004
to
2006.

After
another
costume
change,
they
reprise
their
roles
as
newswomen
with
sharp
zingers
taking
on
everything
from
the
Barbie
snub
to
Trump’s
lawsuits
to
George
Santos.

This
was
an
all-timer,
though:

“Kentucky
state
lawmaker
Nick
Wilson
introduced
a
bill
that
would
make
it
legal
for
a
person
to
have
sex
with
their
first
cousin,”
Fey
drolled.
“OK,
but
it’s
going
to
take
the
thrill
out
of
it.”

Still,
comedy
nerds
will
most
likely
be
most
delighted
by
the
unannounced
guests
that
take
the
stage
with
them.

Rather
than
ruin
the
surprise,
we
suggest
seeing
the
‘Restless
Leg
Tour’
live
to
find
out
who
slides
in.
This
is
one
gag
that’s
so
good
it
must
be
experienced
in
person
to
truly
be
appreciated.

Thank
us
later.


Fey
and
Poehler
Act
Four:
Shocking
Stand-Up

Contrary
to
popular
belief,
Fey
and
Poehler
have
not
performed
stand-up
prior
to
the
tour.

Improv,
sketch
and
acting
for
decades,
yes;
stand-up,
not
at
all
(although
midtown
comedy
clubs
will
falsely
advertise
that
Fey
is
slinging
jokes
at
their
clubs— don’t
believe
them).

Prior
to
the
tour,
Poehler
suggested
that
the
two
stretch
their
wings
and
attempt
a
new
comedic
form.

As
expected,
the
two
are
naturals.

Poehler
went
up
first
and
mocked
her
age
as
well
a
few
other
age
groups.

“Gen
Z,
thank
you
so
much
for
coming,”
she
said,
acknowledging
the
younger
demo
in
the
Beacon.
“I
know
it
was
hard
for
you.
I
know
you
have
a
stomach
ache.”

The
laughs
came
fast
and
furious
for
the
likable
Poehler;
her
years
in
the
comedy
trenches
clearly
paid
off.
Yukking
it
up
is
second
nature
to
her,
regardless
of
the
form.

Nothing
will
prepare
you
for
just
how
good
Fey
is,
though.

For
a
moment,
she
appeared
to
be
a
bit
timid.

This

might

be
the
one
thing
she
can’t
do,
it
seems.

Nope,
that’s
simply
not
the
case.
Following
that
brief
uncertain
moment,
the
“Mr.
Mayor”
and
“Girls5eva”
creator
launches
into
a
pitch-perfect
feminist
parody
of
a
well-known
X-rated
Chris
Rock
joke.

Once
again,
to
give
the
twist
away
would
be
criminal;
witnessing
Fey
stretch
her
legs
and
show
off
this
untapped
skill
of
hers
is
a
joy.
It’s
like
watching
a
gifted,
young
athlete
explode
on
the
scene.
Who
knows
what
they’re
capable
of?

Not
to
editorialize

too
much

but
if
Fey
was
to
devote
all
her
time
to
telling
jokes
into
a
microphone,
she
has
the
potential
to
be
one
of
the
greats.
Yes,
her
short
set
was
that
brilliant
by
my
estimation.

Apologies
for
the
hyperbole.
I
just
want
to
express
how
much
of
a
marvel
it
was
watching
the
film
and
TV
star
— who
we’ve
seen
do
it
all
over
the
years
(!)

try
something
new
and
unsurprisingly
completely
own
the
stage.


Fey
and
Poehler
Act
Five:
Anything
Goes
Q&A

To
close
the
night,
Fey
and
Poehler
change
into
pajamas
and
field
pre-written
questions
from
the
crowd.

In
this
final
segment,
the
evening
takes
a
podcast-like
“who
knows
what
will
happen”
turn
that’s
less
rat-a-tat
level
funny
and
more
conversational.

For
a
good
half
hour,
the
best
friends
dish
out
fashion
advice
(“wear
a
tube
top
all
the
way
to
grave”),
admit
they’ll
never
host
The
Oscars
(“We
did
the
Golden
Globes
because
it
doesn’t
matter”),
“SNL”
celebrity
encounters
(Poehler
asked
Prince
“how
was
your
summer”),
the
origins
of
“30
Rock”
jokes
(“The
Rural
Juror”
was
born
from
Fey’s
trouble
saying
“rural”)
and
close
the
night
with
a
hilarious,
swing
for
the
fences
duet.

And
with
that,
the
lights
came
up,
the
crowd
filed
out
and
into
the
night.


Final
verdict

Regardless
of
whether
or
not
you
have
restless
leg,
you
won’t
want
this
show
to
be
over.

90
minutes
is
nothing
to
sneeze
at
— as
you
may
recall,
“SNL”
is
also
an
hour
and
a
half
— and
this
charming
greatest
hits
compilation
never
even
came
close
to
running
out
of
gas.

Even
if
you’re
even
a
fair
weather
fan,
you’re
in
for
a
treat.
There
are
moving
parts
and
costume
changes (similar
to
Lorne’s
flagship
show)
but
this
one’s
all
Fey
and
Poehler
(save
for
that
surprise
cameo)
and
they’ll
have
completely
won
you
over
by
the
end
of
the
evening.

This
really

was

better
than
a
“Best
Of”
and
is
an
absolute
must
for
any
fan
of
the
“Mean
Girls”
twosome.

See
them
now
before
it’s
too
late.
Trust
us.


*Note:
Fey
does
not
address
her
headline
generating
appearance
on
Bowen
Yang’s
“Las
Culturistas”
podcast.
You
can
check
it
out

here
.


Tina
Fey
and
Amy
Poehler
2024
tour
schedule

Want
to
catch
your
favorite
sitcom
heroes
live
before
it’s
too
late?

Here’s
where
Fey
and
Poehler
are
performing
these
next
few
months:

Comedians
on
tour
in
2024

Unable
to
see
Amy
and
Tina?

Here
are
just
five
other
comics
on
tour
these
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few
months
you
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• Chelsea
Handler

• Wanda
Sykes

• Steve
Martin
and
Martin
Short

• Seth
Meyers
and
John
Oliver

• Ben
Schwartz
and
Friends

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Festival
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2-12.
You
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all
300+
acts
scheduled
to
perform

here
.

Still
around?
You
must
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like
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If
so,
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sneaking
a
peek
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you.

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