I have no idea who Amy Poehler is better remembered for her eight seasons on “Saturday Night Live” or her seven seasons on the endlessly rewatched “Parks and Recreation,” but two of her favorite projects crashed together last night when she suddenly appeared. Aubrey Plaza hosted SNL last night and stopped by Weekend Update as her Parks & Rec character April Ludgate, and luckily for fans, she brought along her old boss: Poehler’s Leslie Knope.
Originally the purpose of the sketch was to April to explain to young people how they can interact with local authorities. Given her character, she didn’t do it with much enthusiasm; so Leslie Knope had to step in. You can see a really funny moment below…
To me, this is a great example of why Amy Poehler is one of my favorites Weekend update hosts. She has just the perfect intonation in the way she speaks, which makes it feel like a real news program and like a comedy act. Tomorrow she can go full time and be as brilliant as ever.
Poehler, of course, hosted Weekend Update during her time on “Saturday Night Live.” He first got this job in 2004 and became one of the presenters along with Tina Fey. The two women were wildly successful and later became partners in non-SNL projects such as Sisters and the criminally underrated Baby Mama. After Fey left the show, she briefly dated Horatio Sanz before establishing another long-term partnership with Seth Meyers. Thus, it should come as no surprise to anyone that she nailed her latest dog prank to perfection.
As for the rest of the episode, Aubrey Plaza they obviously crushed him. The comedian delivered a great White Lotus spoof called Black Lotus, as well as an Avatar spoof and more traditional sketch comedy you’d expect, like couples’ night games. Plaza should have been a really good host given her comedic timing and willingness to act weird, and she lived up to the high expectations.
“Saturday night Live” took a bit of a hiatus due to the holidays, but will return next week with upcoming host Michael B. Jordan and musical guest Lil Baby. It should be a great episode, even though it will be the second cast without longtime SNL mainstay Cecily Strong. She left the show at the end of the year and, of course, got a send-off that was very fitting for someone who had such a huge impact on the long-running series.
The head of SNL, Lorne Michaels, called this a transition year at the start of the season, and it’s easy to see why. Fortunately, many of the new actors continue to find their footing. It will be fun to watch the cast continue to come together and bond as we approach SNL’s landmark 50th season, which should be filled with a lot of fun and, I’m sure, many returning players from the show’s illustrious history.