Amy Poehler And Maya Rudolph Share The ‘SNL’ Moment That Completely Changed Them

Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph are identified for having nice chemistry — however it took them time to get into their factor.

The two “Saturday Night Live” alums informed Individuals in an interview revealed Wednesday that their favourite second collectively from the legendary sketch present utterly shifted the best way they labored. Poehler mentioned that due to a sure sketch, Rudolph helped her be taught the “secret sauce” for achievement on the present.

When the 2 began at “SNL” within the early 2000s, they had been each utterly intimidated by the opposite, the actors informed Individuals.

“Amy came in and it was like [that scene in ‘Grease’] when the Pink Ladies get to school,” Rudolph mentioned. “Amy was a beloved comic, and especially all the writer boys — and some of the writer girls — were like, ‘Amy tell us everything!’”

Poehler mentioned the 2 had the “same impression about each other.”

“Because I was like, Maya is an ‘SNL’ natural,” she mentioned. “Everything you need to do on this show, Maya can do it better than everyone.”

However their defenses rapidly got here down once they did a skit collectively in 2004 referred to as “Trainwreck Awards,” by which Rudolph performed Diana Ross and Poehler performed the late Anna Nicole Smith. Rudolph informed Folks that the sketch was “one of my favorite things Amy and I ever did.”

“You can tell we were truly laughing [in the sketch] because our wigs came off and people were nose breathing into their mics. … And I feel like that was the beginning of us recognizing, ‘Oh you can have a blast and do the show and laugh while you’re doing it?’” Rudolph mentioned. “I think from then on we started to look for those opportunities and write in that way.”

Poehler mentioned that the flexibility to seek out pleasure in goofing round onstage is “the gift that Maya gives me all the time, but definitely gave me at ‘SNL.’”

“And I think that, it’s kind of like the secret sauce to that show,” she mentioned. “If you’re a performer and you look like you’re having fun, everyone relaxes and they have fun too.”

Since they left “SNL” they’ve gone on to work on a number of tasks with each other. Rudolph and Poehler are presently sharing internet hosting duties on Peacock’s actuality competitors present “Baking It.”

They additionally labored collectively on Poehler’s 2019 directorial debut, “Wine Country,” by which Rudolph co-starred.

“She’s a natural born leader with kindness, humility, grace, love and she’s strong and disciplined. She’s tremendous,” Rudolph mentioned of Poehler in an interview with E! Information on the time. “We should take advantage of any chance we get to do this because as I grow in this life, the more time I spend away from my family, I just want to be with people that I want to spend my time with and these are people I deeply, deeply love.”


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