There were plenty of parodies on Saturday Night Live, including Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim’s mockery of Mike White’s satire The White Lotus. Chloe Finerman’s impression of the android from the horror movie M3GAN, and guest host Aubrey Plaza’s femme fatale in a parody of pretty much every noir ever made. However, one of the episode’s crucial moments was when April Ludgate appeared in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
Aubrey Plaza & Colin Jost
Aubrey Plaza, who was appearing in the skit alongside Colin Jost to discuss the local government, channeled April’s sullen, deadpan delivery, delighting viewers with a dialogue that sounded like it could have come directly from a script from Michael Schur’s show. However, April’s presence also sparked a moment that pleased the audience even more, as former SNL cast member Amy Poehler appeared as her character, Leslie Knope.
What came next was a series of nods and winks to Poehler’s history on SNL told through the wide-eyed, excited prism of Leslie. This included a dig at Jost, punctuated with over-the-top eye-rolls from Plaza’s April.
More Parks and Recreation Actors!
Other Parks and Recreation actors have gone on to have successful careers after appearing on the show. Chris Pratt, who played Rashida Jones and eventually Plaza’s on-screen boyfriend Andy, went on to play leading roles in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World film franchises after his success on this show. Prat is considered to be the show’s biggest star to date. Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, Adam Scott, and Billy Eichner are some of the other actors who appeared in the show and left memorable impressions thanks to their roles.
Parks and Recreation is an American political satire sitcom that was created by Michael Schur and Greg Daniels. The show is also referred to simply as Parks and Rec. NBC aired all 125 episodes of the show, which spanned seven seasons. It began airing on April 9th, 2009, and ended on February 24th, 2015. There was a special reunion episode on April 30th, 2020.