Amy Poehler & Maya Rudolph Look Back on Iconic Friendship


| LAST UPDATE 12/15/2022

By Malikah Mcintosh
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Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph have been best funny friends since 2001 when they were both on NBC's Saturday Night Live together. Now, they're looking back at their favorite memory together from the famed comedy show. Let's find out what it is!

Rudolph joined SNL as a cast member in 2000, while Poehler joined in 2001. But Rudolph still remembers the exact moment when they first met. She gushed to PEOPLE, “Amy came in and it was like that scene in Grease when the Pink Ladies get to school. She was a beloved comic and all the writers were like, ‘Amy tell us everything!’” The feeling was definitely mutual. Poehler gushed, “We had the same impression about each other because I was like, ‘Maya is an SNL natural. Everything you need to do on this show, Maya can do it better than everyone.’ I still agree with that opinion!” The hilarious partners in comedy were on SNL for six years together and did many sketches together, like the recurring sketch Bronx Beat where Poehler and Rudolph play New York ladies hosting a daytime talk show. While all of them were obviously hilarious, one stands out from the rest for the duo.

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“One of my favorite things Amy and I ever did was called the Trainwreck Awards. [Amy] was Anna Nicole Smith. It was about these awards shows that go terribly wrong,” Rudolph shared. In the sketch, she played Diana Ross, and the two of them are hosting The American Trainwreck Awards. It originally aired on November 20, 2004. Rudolph continued, “You can tell we were laughing so hard because our wigs came off, and people were nose-breathing into their mics. That was the beginning of us recognizing that you can have a blast doing the show and have a laugh while you’re doing it!” Even though their SNL days are behind them, you can still watch these friends laugh and have fun together. Poehler joined Rudolph as a co-host on the second season of the Peacock show, Baking It. The series has home bakers competing against each other in various themed challenges for the chance to win a $50,000 prize.

 Seeing the two friends back together will be an extra special treat. Baking It is currently streaming on Peacock, with new episodes being released weekly on Monday. Stay tuned for more laughs!

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