The 91st Academy Awards kicked off on Sunday night at Los Angeles’s Dolby Theatre, and three major comedy stars opened the ceremony: Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler.

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler & Maya Rudolph Oscars Opening

Following a performance by Queen and Adam Lambert — who performed the hit songs “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” — the trio of Saturday Night Live alums started with witty jokes right off the bat.

They all noted that they weren’t hosting the show but Fey added they would stay on stage slightly longer “so people who get USA Today tomorrow will think we’re the hosts.”

Rudolph added: “Just to be clear, we are not the hosts… and Mexico is not paying for the wall.”

“Hey, everybody look under your seats, you’re all getting one of those cheese sandwiches from the Fyre Festival!” Fey quipped, referencing the failed music festival about which several documentaries have now been made.

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The trio of comediennes also poked fun at this year’s nominated films and actors.

Rudolph joked about a scene from A Star Is Born by saying to Bradley Cooper: “Bradley, don’t worry: after four kids, I too have peed my pants at the Grammys.”

Rudolph and Poehler then launched into an over-dramatic rendition of “Shallow,” a Best Original Song nominee from A Star Is Born that had Cooper and Lady Gaga laughing in their seats and made Fey try to stop them.

“Roma is on Netflix, does my microwave makes movies now?” Fey joked, poking fun at the Spanish-language Best Picture nominee.

Several people stated on social media afterwards that Fey and Poehler should have been chosen as co-hosts for the Oscars.


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