If you love your comedy nostalgia, this week’s Saturday Night Live has a twofer for you. Former cast member Amy Poehler made two appearances to support her Parks and recreation co-starred first-time host Aubrey Plaza. And on Weekend Update, they both reprized their roles from that beloved show.
In the years since her career-defining role as the sarcastic and laconic April Ludgate, Plaza has played several roles meant to show off her acting talents. Indeed, throughout this episode she plays a deadly robot, a crazed contestant in an election, a screaming Puerto Rican hotelier, a sexed housewife, a derelict Catholic nun, and a bro-ey blue alien. Her range puts her in the upper echelon of SNL hosts as far as sketch performance goes. But it’s clear she hasn’t lost her knack for playing deadpan and outwardly cynical officials.
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Following a list of government jobs that require little to no effort (“Be a dog catcher and just say you can’t find one”), she enlists Poehler as Leslie Knope. As you would expect, Leslie is impressed with Studio 8H. She grills Colin Jost about hosting Weekend Update and it turns out she’s a fan of one particular era: “I used to watch this when Seth Myers went it alone with no one else,” a reference to the years when she co update host.
What comes next is a delightful throwback to the Seth and Amy years as she passes on two jokes deemed “too mean” and instead chooses a joke about puppies, civil rights, and a cute dog with glasses and a hat . April and Leslie do the sign-off in place of regular hosts, making for the sweet and perfect end to an exceptionally feel-good update.
Elsewhere in the episode, Bowen Yang addressed the truth-challenged George Santos, while Plaza gave us a surprise backstage tour during her opening monologue.
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