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Amy Poehler Roasts Seth Meyers for Inviting Her on Late Night Last Minute
Poehler revealed that dinner with her former "Weekend Update" cohost led to a "day-of" Late Night catch-up interview—and, she brought her her mom and dad.
Actress and comedian Amy Poehler visited her friend and former "Weekend Update" co-host Seth Meyers on December 21. Poehler's had a busy year, between her faux therapy podcast, Say More with Dr.? Sheila, and her extended-run Restless Leg Tour with Tina Fey, and Meyer and Poehler's chat included New Year's resolutions and memories of SNL afterparties.
Given her history with Meyers, the former Parks and Recreation star is a delightful choice of guest for the last Late Night with Seth Meyers episode of 2023. But, as Poehler soon pointed out, she didn't believe she was his first choice.
"You're someone I've known you for a long time, and I feel like you do take the turning into a new year seriously," Meyers told Poehler at the top of their chat. "You do see it as an opportunity."
"I do," Poehler said. "And I have a lot of thoughts about it I want to talk about, but I do want to say thank you for having me on, 'cause I know this is an important show, and the Christmas show, and—"
"Yeah, we put a lot of thought into it," Meyers joked.
"And when you guys called me yesterday, to do it," Poehler continued, putting a hilarious amount of emphasis on yesterday, "it felt great!"
"It was a yesterday situation," Meyers admitted, as the audience erupted in laughter.
Amy Poehler isn't totally sure how she wound up on Late Night
Meyers and Poehler went on to explain how Poehler ended up in the interview chair.
"It was a real bait-and-switch too," Meyers said.
Poehler related that she, Meyers, and Late Night producer Mike Shoemaker "had dinner last night, as normal friends." The next thing she knew, she was booked as a guest on their show.
"I'm just curious—and you don't have to name any names—but what happened?" Poehler asked Meyers, with the accusatory tone of someone on a Bravo reunion show. "Like, who was supposed to be here?"
"Are you saying that maybe there was somebody who was scheduled to be here, and they dropped out last minute?" Meyers said, laughing.
"I just have a feeling that you guys don't usually do day-of bookings," Poehler shot back.
"It's kind of my improv background is, like, to 'day-of' it," Meyers said, leaning in to rib Poehler. "I love to, like, day-of it."
"Ugh! Don't lean in when you say it," Poehler told Meyers, before adding that she was actually "thrilled" to be there. "I feel like the neighbor next door and you're borrowing my sugar, if you will," Poehler added.
Poehler brought her parents to Late Night, too
Poehler really was happy to be there—in fact, she brought her mom and dad, Bill and Eileen Poehler, to be in the audience.
"I've known them for a very long time," said Meyers, who's such good friends with Poehler that he contributed a chapter to her 2014 book, Yes Please.
"You have, you have," Poehler agreed. "Hilary and Larry and Bill and Eileen have gone to many SNL shows."
"A lot of after parties," Meyers added. "I think both of our dads think that if Lorne Michaels had met them when they were a little bit younger, they would have been on the show." Maybe Bill and Eileen can join the Meyers on Late Night's next Thanksgiving show?
Watch Poehler and Meyers' entire catchup chat above, and watch Late Night with Seth Meyers weeknights at 12:35/11:35c on NBC, streaming the next day on Peacock.