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4 Ways Oscar's Seth MacFarlane Can Out-Funny Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

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The Globes hosts are a tough act to follow, but MacFarlane can still raise the bar if he follows this advice.

This story first appeared in the Jan. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

1. Call in Funny Friends

Most celebs shy away from Oscar duty. To them, presenting is a chore. But Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were able to call on such pals as Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell for some ad-lib hilarity. Look around, you must have someone you can call on.

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2. Land a Big Kahuna

The Globes scored quite a get when President Clinton -- or, as Poehler called him, "Hillary Clinton's husband" -- showed up to intro Lincoln. That'll be hard to top, but word is Barack Obama likes the movie, too.

3. Make Some News

The Globes' Cecil B. DeMille tribute is usually a snore, but Jodie Foster's heartfelt confessional had people tweeting and talking. Find someone ready to come out -- if not as gay, maybe as a Republican.

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4. Give Out Free Drinks

The Dolby Theatre has open bars. Encourage folks to bring drinks inside so they'll have fun -- like George Clooney and Glenn Close at the Globes. Wouldn't it be great if the audience actually seemed to be enjoying itself?