By E. Parker
Poehler took the stage with dark sunglasses and holding a cigarette for comedic affect.
Despite the get-up and her usual comic presence, she began the song in earnest before Black joined in. Perhaps she was looking to make Midler proud as she has said she was a fan and friend.
“I first met Bette Midler in my head when I watched the film The Rose in 1979,” she once told Vulture. “And since then, her and I have been best friends, in my head. In my head, she and I travel together, we have cut an album, and we pranked George Clooney. She’s the godmother to the children of mine that she has never met, and once, Bette turned to me in a dream and said, ‘Amy, you are the most talented person I’ve ever met. I hate to say this, this kills me, but you’re more talented than me. God bless you and I release you to God,’ and then she turned into a million doves and flew away.”