“Saturday Night Live” hosted two MVP visitors from Pawnee, Indiana on the January 21 episode of the show. To celebrate Aubrey Plaza’s debut as host, Amy Poehler reunited with her “Parks and Recreation” co-stars and cast April Ludgate and Leslie Knope for the show’s “Weekend Update” segment. The actors returned to their sitcom roles briefly, with April and Leslie talking about the importance of getting young people involved in local government.
“Everybody should join where they live. If you’re young, you should get a job as a garbage man or something,” April quipped. She then began with a list of local jobs and her suggestions on how to ditch. “Drive the bus. It doesn’t have to be on time. No one cares,” she continued. “Work for the water department. You can drain the reservoirs and find all the bodies…and the murder clues. Or just be a dog catcher and say they didn’t find anything.”
At that point, Poehler, familiar with the “Weekend Update” desk, joined Plaza as Leslie. “I want to pick your brains about this job, this show, I was watching this when Seth Meyers did it alone with everyone else. He made it look really easy ” she joked to Colin Jost.
In addition to the “Parks and Rec” nostalgia, the episode also included parodies of “M3GEN” (with special guest star Allison Williams), “White Lotus” and the Miss Universe Pageant. Everyone stopped along the way, from Joe Biden to Property Brothers.
Ahead of her hosting debut, Plaza shared in the episode’s teaser how long she’s been waiting to appear on “SNL.” Before we begin recreating two slightly gruesome scenes featuring Harden and Annette Bening from “American Beauty”, we inform you that she’s not the only one to make an impression. is it like this?”
The “White Lotus” actor said, “I’ve been waiting to do this show since I was 12 because I’m crazy. They then begin to understand while the janitor at Studio 8H shakes his head and returns to his mop. This is a weird and maddening hint of the hilarious hoopla that will always accompany his debut at Plaza hosting.
In a Jan. 17 interview with Jimmy Fallon, the “Parks and Recreation” alum once auditioned for “SNL,” but never got the chance to perform in front of Lorne Michaels. “I didn’t make it to the loan,” he said. [Michaels] Audition, the famous final audition, but we did a preliminary first round showcase,” she said. Those were horrible news stories. I was just trying to sexualize the news,” she said.
Plaza also interned in the show’s set department in 2004 (she called back in the opening monologue) and was not interested in learning anything about set design, so she was loved. Instead, she spent time observing the cast on the “SNL” set. “Like, I was a creepy stalker. This time I’m going to host, so my master plan worked!”
Check out all of Plaza’s “SNL” skits below, including her return to the role in April.