Caryn James

'Late Night with Seth Meyers,' My New Favorite Show

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  • February 25, 2014 10:13 AM
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Late Night with Seth Meyers was the most self-assured late-night debut in memory, and Meyers is an ideal host, with a sharply satirical wit yet plenty of personal warmth.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Crazy-Good Golden Globes Hosts (Video)

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  • January 13, 2014 12:07 AM
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Totally fun and totally (allegedly) drunk, the Golden Globes show rose to the crazy-high comic level of its hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It was loose and as slyly fun as the opening monologue, which at first seemed a bit tame -- until you noticed the edgy lines the hosts slipped in.

'Mad Men' Event: What Do Betty and Megan Really Think of Each of Each Other?

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  • April 8, 2013 9:30 AM
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What do the ex and the current Mrs. Don Drapers have to say to each other? I'm not sure, but I know how to find out: join me on April 24th at the 92nd St. Y for a conversation with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, along with January Jones (Betty) and Jessica Pare (Megan) for a wide-open conversation about the series, the season, and everybody's favorite cheating husband. Or is he?

Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Funny, Edgy Golden Globes Opener

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  • January 13, 2013 11:54 PM
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It’s too bad they disappeared for most of the show, because hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were by far the best part of watching The Golden Globes. Some of their lines were as jaw-dropping as anything Ricky Gervais said, but were delivered with such warmth that they didn’t seem to sting. “I haven’t really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty,” Poehler said, “but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.” The “special material” writers included SNL’s Seth Meyers and 30 Rock’s Robert Carlock, which explains a lot.  

Reclaiming the Scarlet Letter for Women's Rights: Martha Plimpton and "A is For"

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  • November 2, 2012 7:43 PM
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Good old Hester Prynne, wearing her scarlet letter proudly – not a bad role model for women claiming their bodies as their own. Improbably, when it comes to women’s reproductive rights and health care, today’s political right seems to have channeled those 19th-century witchhunters Hawthorne wrote about. Now Martha Plimpton proves she’s as good an activist as she is an actor, founding a group called “A is For,” which fights against the 21st-century assault on women’s rights. The group’s savvy, wry symbol: a red  A. Take a look at their all-star video featuring Plimpton, Amy Poehler,  Billy Crudup, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and a raft of other high-profile advocates.  

Jimmy Kimmel Hosts the Emmys (UPDATED With New Video)

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  • September 23, 2012 11:45 PM
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Jimmy Kimmel was a perfectly smooth host for the Emmys, though not a perfect fit. One of his trademarks, prankish humor – he asked viewers to Tweet that Tracy Morgan had passed out – didn’t translate to an awards show. His other trademark, irreverently taking swipes at the self-importance of show busines, was oddly missing. That was left to a few clever nominees. What worked best were the pre-arranged comic bits by winners and the people they beat. Julia Louis-Dreyfus read an acceptance speech Amy Poehler had supposedly slipped into her hand (that piece of paper was too big and crumpled to be anything other than a prop). Even better, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert wrestled Jon Stewart to the ground to keep him from heading to the stage when The Daily Show won Best Variety show.

'Parks and Recreation' Goes to Washington

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  • September 19, 2012 10:06 AM
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In the perfect season premiere of Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler’s character is now City Councilwoman Leslie Knope, and how satisfying is that to someone who aspires to the White House, even though the City Council is a part-time gig? She goes to Washington to visit her boyfriend Ben (Adam Scott) - more perfect for Leslie than we could have imagined when his character turned up - and meets some real-life politicians, in what might have been nothing more than a stunt, but turns out to be much more. With cameos by John McCain, Barbara Boxer and Olympia Snowe, the story is Leslie’s dream come true . . . except. In the shrewd, funny way of the series, she learns that she is a very tiny fish in the giant, shark-infested sea of Washington. And while she may enjoy being a big fish in Pawnee, it’s never fun to be reminded of that.

Watch Amy Poehler Answer Tumblr Questions On Sex, Music, Comedy

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  • June 27, 2012 9:30 AM
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When I interviewed Amy Poehler last week at the 92nd St. Y, she answered a few questions submitted  through Tumblr. And even if you’ve never wondered about what song she likes to make out to, or another secret about her husband, Will Arnett (famed for Arrested Development and now Up All Night) you’ll want to hear her answers. She started out in improv, of course, so it’s not surprising she was so funny in the moment.

Amy Poehler Visits IFC and (More Important) Me!

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  • June 13, 2012 9:30 AM
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This Friday, Amy Poehler is Scott Aukerman’s guest on his supersmart, funny new IFC series Comedy Bang! Bang! which does for talk shows what Christopher Guest mockumentaries have done for dog shows, community theater and other cultural touchstones. Poehler’s deadpan turn as an earnest star in a wig big and blonde enough for a Real Housewife is a great fit for the show’s droll satire. But wouldn’t you rather come out and see her in person? Poehler, whose brilliant series Parks and Recreation has just ended its best season yet, will be my guest on stage at the 92nd St. Y this Friday (ticket info here; the event is sold out but you can still join the waiting list).

Watch Mick Jagger, Jon Hamm, Foo Fighters in Spectacular SNL Season Finale

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  • May 20, 2012 11:55 AM
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Mick Jagger was host of one of the best SNL’s of the season, a high-energy finale that relied on Jagger’s persona and was fueled by so much nostalgia that it seemed like classic rock, with Jagger doing "19th Nervous Breakdown" with Foo Fighters, "The Last Time" with Arcade Fire and "Ruby Tuesday" in the show-ending goodbye to Kristen Wiig, who’s leaving SNL.

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