Some of TV’s greatest comedy comes from funny duos with amazing chemistry. It’s not a new formula by any means — Abbot and Costello were doing “Who’s on first?” in the 1930s and even they weren’t the first — but comedy duos couldn’t be any stronger currently.
That is perfectly exemplified by the fact that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the 2015 Golden Globe Awards for their third consecutive year. They’re simply one modern comedy team worthy of your time. Below, Zap2it has compiled 15 of comedy’s best duos of the last 20 years.
1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
The twosome you first grew to love as co-anchors on “Saturday Night Live’s” “Weekend Update” have been friends since long before they joined the sketch comedy series. Poehler and Fey’s bond goes all the way back to studying improv together at Second City in Chicago.
2. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele
Key and Peele — stars of “Key & Peele” — have created what is arguably Comedy Central’s best sketch comedy series ever. Their roots as a team reach all the way back to “MadTV” in 2003, though. They even starred together in a “Weird Al” Yankovic music video.
3. Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter
Though everyone knows Richter as O’Brien’s sidekick on “Late Night,” “The Tonight Show” and “Conan,” that wasn’t the original plan. Producer Robert Smigel actually hired Andy to write for the show, but made him sidekick when he saw the chemistry between the two.
4. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer
Before “Broad City” came to Comedy Central, Jacobson and Glazer started it four years earlier as a web series in 2009.
5. Seth Meyers & Bill Hader
While Meyers and Hader are most remembered for Seth and Stefon’s long-running “Weekend Update” bit, you may be surprised to learn they’ve also writer a comic book together. The two collaborated on a one-issue Spider-Man story called “The Short Halloween” in 2009.
6. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement
McKenzie and Clement first formed their comedy band “Flight of the Conchords” in 1998 while studying film and theater at Victoria University of Wellington. Before HBO debuted their self-titled show, they had a similar radio version for the UK’s BBC Radio.
7. Chris Farley and David Spade
Farley and Spade may very well be the best friends “Saturday Night Live” brought together. They even turned their on-screen chemistry into box office success with “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep.” Unfortunately, Farley’s 1997 death cut their friendship short.
8. Danny Pudi and Donald Glover
Considering how in sync Pudi and Glover seemed to be on “Community,” it may be surprising they hadn’t met before the show. Luckily, they fit together perfectly as a comedy duo. Now the two just need to release a rap album.
9. Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake
Timberlake and Samberg will always have “Dick in a Box.” The first part of their musical trilogy of “SNL” Digital Shorts won an Emmy award in 2007 for Outstanding Music and Lyrics.
10. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein
Long before “Portlandia,” there was ThunderAnt — the comedy group Armisen and Brownstein released sketches through on YouTube starting in 2005. Eventually their sketched became Portland-centric, leading them to pitching “Portlandia” to IFC.
11. Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome
It wasn’t until 2013 that one of music’s best comedy duos became one of TV’s. After being introduced to one another in 2007, Lindhome and Micucci formed Garfunkel and Oates, releasing four albums. You may remember Micucci performing one of their songs (“F*** You”) on a 2009 episode of “Scrubs.”
12. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim
While online comedy shorts are all too common inn the modern day, Tim and Eric were pioneers on the medium. The two created their own website in 2002 to release material, before landing their first Adult Swim series, “Tom Goes to the Mayor” in 2004.They’ve since brought “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job,” “Check It Out! with Doctor Steve Brule” and “Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories” to the network.
13. Zach Braff and Donald Faison
Guy love was born when Braff and Faison starred together on “Scrubs.” They’ve only worked together sporadically since the series ended, but have remained best friends ever since. Braff even served as a groomsman in Faison’s wedding.
14. Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry
There are many examples one can look to for the dawn of the bromance. There’s no arguing Joey and Chandler on “Friends” are strong contenders for one of the very best, though. Nobody has ever had more entertaining neighbors than those two and their friendship is one that all should aspire to.
15. Itchy and Scratchy
The only animated duo to make the list, but for good reason. Itchy and Scratchy — the ultra-violent Tom and Jerry of the “Simpsons” universe — star on a show within a show within a show. As if that’s not crazy enough, the fact that the shorts were able to get away with being so violent, but ridiculously funny, is a tribute to the creative team behind “The Simpsons.”