Aubrey Plaza and Amy Poehler reprized their favorite Parks and Recreation roles in a spoof on yesterday’s (Jan. 21) SNL.
Plaza and Poehler played April Ludgate and Leslie Knope, respectively, on the NBC workplace sitcom, which ran for seven seasons from 2009 to 2015. Along with Plasma and Poehler, the show starred Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza , Chris Pratt, Adam Scott and Rob Lowe.
Yesterday, Plaza hosted Saturday Night Live, in a parody during the show, she took on the role of April and welcomed her old co-star Leslie to the show.
“When you work for local government, doing the bare minimum is doing your part,” Plaza said in Ludgate’s guise, regaining his confused expression.
When asked what she would do if she really wanted to work hard, April replied, “I don’t know, just ask my old boss Leslie Knope.”
“Who knows SNL there were cameras?!” Knope then responded by mentioning Poehler’s time on the series when he was working on Weekend Update with Seth Meyers.
“I was watching weekend update when Seth Meyers was doing it with no one else…,” she joked.
See the sketch below.
Aubrey Plaza and Amy Poehler just played their Parks and Rec characters on SNL, omg
“I was watching Weekend Update when Seth Meyers was doing it with no one else…” — Amy Poehler, who hosted Update with Seth pic.twitter.com/q6mMcINVvT
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) January 22, 2023
Last year, Poehler expressed interest in reprising his role as Leslie Knope in an eventual Parks and Recreation reboot.
Asked about the possibility of returning to the character at the season two premiere of Netflix’s Russian Doll, the actress said she’s “always open” to reviving the sitcom. “Every time someone gives me the floor, I get lost,” Poehler told People magazine.
The cast reunited in 2019 to celebrate the show’s tenth anniversary at PaleyFest, where they discussed a potential revival of the series.
Speaking at the event, co-creator Michael Schur said: “I think in the world we live in now, nothing goes away. I felt the show had an argument, and the argument was about teamwork and friendship. I don’t feel like we left anything on the table.
“I would never say never. The chance to do it again if it came up would be amazing, but we would only do it if everyone felt there was something compelling us to do it. If even one person had said no, we wouldn’t have done it.”
Since then, the cast also reunited in a video chat in May 2020 to raise money for Feeding America charity.