‘The Last of Us’ gave Tess a backstory and it’s heartbreaking

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Aubrey Plaza hosts a delightful ‘Parks and Rec’ reunion on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Aubrey Plaza & Sam Smith
January 21, 2023

Aubrey Plaza is having a moment. After being best known for playing the dark and deadpan April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation, Plaza re-emerged last year as the dark and deadpan … and sexy Harper on The White Lotus. But it’s not that Plaza is typecast — she’s just playing Aubrey Plaza as evidenced by this old Today Show interview in which she discussed being a (very bad) NBC page in the early 2000s.

Yes, Plaza began her career as an NBC page (while also performing stand-up and improv at Upright Citizen’s Brigade) and even tried out for Saturday Night Live before landing the role of a lifetime on Parks and Recreation.

And so Saturday’s gig hosting SNL was a homecoming for Plaza, an opportunity to fulfill her dream of being on Saturday Night Live, and to reunite with her Parks and Rec co-star, boss and SNL alum, Amy Poehler. It was a celebration of Plaza’s growth, and (for the most part) the writers rose to the occasion, giving Plaza material that fit her dark and deadpan brand.

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Let’s play the “Who Should Host the Oscars?” game

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Ignore our idiot Governor; it’s time to mask back up, Texas, because some people are too stupid to get vaccinated.

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Catching up with all the sex creep news — and there’s a whole lot of sex creep news.

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Brace yourself: the conventions are here.

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We are 105 days from Election Day. Someone build me a time machine already.

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Hey, dummies: masculinity and toxic masculinity are not the same thing.

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Everyone has an opinion on this Aziz Ansari shitstorm, but this ‘The Good Place’ actress’ take is the best

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