Tina Fey, Amy Poehler bring big laughs back to the GoldenGlobe Awards

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Viewers wondering whether or not hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would be able to recapture the Golden Globes magic that made them fast favorites at last year's ceremony got their answer as soon as this year's bash began: Oh, yeah!

When Sunday's awards show kicked off, the former "Saturday Night Live" stars did it again at what Fey dubbed "Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Lee Daniels' The Butler Golden Globes Awards."

Before the event, the pair promised that the first six minutes would be something to remember, and they weren't joking around — well, not about that at least. Their zinger-filled monologue actually packed in a full 10 minutes worth of laughs.

The biggest of all? When calling out the A-list talent, they zoomed in with friendly "Gravity" barb for the movie's leading man.

"It's a story of how George Clooney would rather float into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age," Fey said.

The star-studded audience had barely stopped snickering from that one before the ladies had them guffawing with message about Matthew McConaughey.

Fey said, "For his role for 'Dallas Buyers Club,' he lost 45 pounds, or what actresses call, being in a movie."

No one was spared the snark, not "Tam Honks," aka Tom Hanks, or even the affable Matt Damon.

"Matt, on any other night in any other room, you'd be a big deal," Poehler told the "Behind the Candelabra" actor. "But tonight? Don't take this the wrong way, you're basically a garbage person."

It was a line that had Damon laughing the loudest. 

Fey and Poehler managed to keep all of their gags under wraps until show time. On the red carpet, the ladies revealed how they pulled off that feat.

"We've never said our jokes out loud before," Fey explained.

Poehler shot back, "We're not even going to tonight. We're just going to whisper it in each other's ears."

Thankfully, they decided to share their words and wit with the rest of us. As for how well those words went over with the crowd, it came as no surprise to their fellow "SNL" alum, Andy Samberg.

When he was on the red carpet, he referred to the women as "two of the funniest people" he's ever known and promised, "They're going to be all guns blazing."

And so they were. As the show opened, they promised to keep that up and keep it all on time.

"We're going to get this show done in three hours or as Martin Scorsese calls it: Act one."

Later in the evening, after Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick took the stage to introduce their daughter, Miss Golden Globe Sosie Bacon, Fey and Poehler hit the stage again.

"In the name of gender equality this year, please welcome Mr. Golden Globe, my adult son from a previous relationship, Randy," Fey interrupted.

That's when Poehler-as-Randy stomped out, topped in a perfect Justin Bieber 1.0 wig and flaunting a bad attitude. It prompted Fey to warn, "Do you want to go live with your father?"

"I can't! You won't tell me who he is," Poehler grumped.

"Well, he's here tonight, so look around!" said Fey.

The gents in the audience were suddenly under the spotlight, including Idris Elba, nominated for his roles in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and "Luther," but as Fey pointed out, not for the role of Randy's dad.

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But the night wasn't just about laughs for one of the ladies. Poehler actually nabbed a Golden Globe of her own.

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"I was not prepared for this," she said after she hit the stage to accept her award for best actress in a TV comedy for her work on "Parks and Recreation." "I never win. I can't believe I won!"

But she did. And she got more than a trophy — she got a back rub from Bono too.

At the end of the festivities, Fey told the crowd, "This was the beautiful mess we hoped it would be." 

Poehler added, "And I got to make out with Bono!"

Viewers proved to be the big winners of the Golden Globes thanks to the entertainment Fey and Poehler dished out. Only time will tell if the funny ladies get a chance to leave them laughing again next year, but as a joke from Fey hinted at earlier in the evening, it could definitely happen.

"This is Hollywood," she said. "If something works, they'll just keep doing it until everyone hates it."

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