Amy Poehler Shares Pro Tips for Faking Wine-Tasting Knowledge

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-I know. [ Cheers and applause ] You know what?
-We love you, Amy! -I love you, too!
-I know a little bit about you. -I am the daughter of
two teachers. -You are. That’s right.
-Yes. -What did your parents teach? -My mom taught — Well, she
ended up in special ed, and — [ Cheers and applause ]
Yay! My dad was a math teacher
in Boston. [ Cheers and applause ]
-Wow. -Yeah, and it is
the most important job. A good teacher
will change your life. It’s an incredible,
incredible job, and we owe so much to you. -Yeah. Absolutely.
-Incredible. -Is there anything
that you always wanted to say to a teacher? You can do it now.
-Oh. Well, I know it’s
a really difficult job, and there’s a lot to juggle,
but I think one of the things you should remember is,
you can always pinch a kid you don’t like. -That is very controversial.
-Is it? -Yes, it is.
-I don’t know. I think you guys will agree. Just once a year,
just give them a good pinch. -How are your kids?
Are they good students? -They’re so great. Like, they’re in that great time
when they’re learning stuff. and they’re coming home and
telling me about it. And I have to pretend like
I don’t know, you know, just to
get them talking. So, my son was like,
“Mom, there’s this thing called the Great Depression.” I was like, “Whoa!
That sounds intense.” And he was like,
“Yeah, they cut open the cows, and there was sand inside
they were so hungry.” -Wow.
-Sand inside the cows? -Yeah, those desert cows. Yeah.
-Yeah. And then he’s also like — You
know, he’s like, “Led Zeppelin. Have you heard Led Zeppelin?”
And I’m like, “I kind of have.” Like, I want so badly to say,
“I made out to Led Zeppelin.” But, instead, I have to be like,
“Whoa! They sound cool.” And he’s like, “There’s a song.
It’s pretty long. It’s called
‘Stairway to Heaven.’ It’s like eight minutes.” And I have to go,
“Ooh! Let’s check it out.” And I had to pretend to listen
to “Stairway to Heaven” for the first time. It’s really good.
-It’s so cute. -It’s so cute.
-You’re a director now. -Yeah. That’s right. -This is fantastic. -Yeah, I mean, I need to
reintroduce myself to you, like, “Oh, hello again.” -Yes. Oh, hello again.
-I’m a director. -I’m meeting you
for the first time. -Yeah, yeah. -I think you would be
a great director, because I know you from “UCB,”
“Upright Citizens Brigade.” You directed shows there.
[ Cheers and applause ] But, I mean, this is a big deal.
-Yeah, this is my first feature. I’ve done television, but this
is the first feature I’ve done. -Well, you knocked it
out of the park. It’s great.
-Thanks, dude. -And you’ve got
a great crew of — -The best.
-What a cast. Maya Rudolph, Paula Pell,
Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer. -Yeah.
-Holy moly! -Murderer’s row.
-Murderer’s row. I mean, the funniest
people out there. -Yeah, it wasn’t that hard.
-To make them laugh? -Yeah. No, it wasn’t so hard. And they’re just so funny
and so talented and so good. I mean, my job was just to get
them to stop talking to each other. -You’re like, “Guys, focus up.” -Yeah, I was just like,
“Hey, guys, that’s a really funny story. Come on over here. Like, sit down over –” I would
just trick them. -I love that your voice
gets really high, too. -“Hey, guys.
Just sit down over here. And I’d go, “Action!”
-“Hurry it up.” Yeah, yeah. -Yeah. But I was kind of
the buzzkill. I had to stop all the fun.
-Who wrote this? -Emily Spivey and Liz Cackowski,
our friends. -I love them both. Yes.
-Yes. Wonderful, amazing ladies. -It’s based on a thing
you kind of did, right? -Yeah, we went to Wine Country
for Dratch’s 50th. And we also went to Palm Springs
for Ana’s 50th. And we just kind of smushed some of those
experiences together and then exaggerated
some other ones, too. -It’s hilarious.
-Yeah. -And do you know anything about
wine now that you didn’t know? -You know, I don’t — I can’t
claim to know, but I did learn one thing,
which is — if you describe
wine confidently, it doesn’t matter
if you don’t know anything. -Wow! -Yeah.
-That’s a really good secret. -So, if you go —
And you stay really vague. So, if you’re drinking wine
and you say like, “Well, she has
an interesting story.” -Oh, so the wine is “she”?
-I don’t know. -We don’t know. Okay.
-I don’t know. Do you call it — “Mmm!
Oh, this one’s shy.” Or, like, give me —
Like, all right, let’s say you’re drinking red wine
and you just go, “Now, oh, this one tastes
like recent history.” -You just do whatever you want,
it will make it work? -Do you remember we did an “SNL”
sketch with Parnell one time? Antonio Banderas was the host.
Hi, Antonio! I miss you! And one of the lines was —
We were tasting wine. And I think it
was Parnell was like, “I detect a hint of swordplay.” -Well, I wanted to show
everyone a clip. It’s a very, very funny
film here. This is Amy Poehler and
Rachel Dratch in “Wine Country.” Take a look at this. -Let me know what you smell.
There’s no wrong answers. -Uh…green apple?
-Yeah. -Yes.
-Very good. Green apple. -I want to say…canned peaches? -No. -You said there’s
no wrong answer. -Yeah, but, you know…peaches.
There’s no peaches in there. -Okay.
-What else do you got? -Oh, lemon.
-Yes. Very good. -Oh, I taste the lemon, yeah. -You don’t taste it.
You smell it. -Grapes.
-Well, yeah, of course. -Nice. That’s smart. -Definitely grapes in there.
-You can’t go wrong with that. -Dude, it’s so fun.
-Thank you. -Congratulations.
“Wine Country.” Amy Poehler, everybody.


jason cheng

May 5, 2019, 9:36 am Reply


Ignacio Zubeldia

May 5, 2019, 9:38 am Reply

His laugh is getting more fake day by day…

Timo Alho

May 5, 2019, 9:42 am Reply

All of the audience is teachers?

John Dou

May 5, 2019, 9:58 am Reply

pinch children

–Amy Poehler


May 5, 2019, 10:11 am Reply

Any guests called out on Jimmy's overly fake laughs?


May 5, 2019, 10:27 am Reply


bella t

May 5, 2019, 10:34 am Reply

amy poehler being the cutest person on the earth for 5 minutes straight

Saif Alaswad

May 5, 2019, 11:02 am Reply

Leslie Knope Forever

Akire Tuazon

May 5, 2019, 11:24 am Reply

OMG it's Captain Marvel before the 5 year haircut!

pariag travers

May 5, 2019, 11:25 am Reply

I still can’t get over those horrendous opening jokes at the oscars?

Koral Davis

May 5, 2019, 12:11 pm Reply

Oh! She's A Beauty ❤️ ???❤️❤️❤️

Hrach Ayunc

May 5, 2019, 12:18 pm Reply

She is so Leslie! ?

JP Truth

May 5, 2019, 12:34 pm Reply

She's hot but at the same time, plain Jane not hot


May 5, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

She's literally telling people how those "wine experts" operate, and yet some will still take them seriously.

Bec Witham

May 5, 2019, 1:21 pm Reply

Fake laughter, my favourite. Urgh.

Bianca Alviar

May 5, 2019, 1:21 pm Reply

Give me more Amy Poehler please! Oh and add a little bit more of Tina Fey thank you very much!

Cheryl Hock

May 5, 2019, 1:22 pm Reply

I love her…Funny lady!

Chasing A Murderer

May 5, 2019, 1:39 pm Reply



May 5, 2019, 2:25 pm Reply

I will always love Amy Poehler


May 5, 2019, 2:50 pm Reply

Amy talking about wine reminds me of that one episode of Parks and Rec. I think it was flu season 2


May 5, 2019, 2:53 pm Reply

Amy Poehler Shares Pro Tips for Faking Being A Comedian.


May 5, 2019, 2:57 pm Reply

Well I gotta see this show/movie now..!


May 5, 2019, 2:57 pm Reply

Lol "can't go wrong with that.."

Michelle van O

May 5, 2019, 3:21 pm Reply

The most enjoyable interview! I love you, Amy!

Gabriel Zeno

May 5, 2019, 3:22 pm Reply

Captain Marvel

Tom Casey Music

May 5, 2019, 3:27 pm Reply

“One time I drank an entire bottle of vinegar, I thought it was terrible wine.” ???

Georgina Mena

May 5, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply

She is the Best!!!
It doesn't matter what is the movie about… it's AMY!!!!!!!!!

Lauren Katz

May 5, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply

im cackling

Msx Grg

May 5, 2019, 5:06 pm Reply

She’s right: a good teacher can change your life!

Msx Grg

May 5, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

Is it out now?


May 5, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

Amy Poehler is ALWAYS a win ??

teresa rojas

May 5, 2019, 5:14 pm Reply

First Lil' Sebastian, now Amy Poehler, so many references to Parks and Rec ? my inner fan of that show is SHAKING ?

River D

May 5, 2019, 7:10 pm Reply

I prefer Leslie’s mantra towards wine. ‘I’ll have a glass of red wine and I’ll have the cheapest one because I can’t tell the difference.’

Ricardo Gonzalez

May 5, 2019, 7:27 pm Reply

Amy poehyler is soo funny

Avetor UAC

May 5, 2019, 8:37 pm Reply

ahahaah wine)) apple)


May 5, 2019, 9:23 pm Reply

She is so cute!!!

Geoffrey Feinberg

May 5, 2019, 9:43 pm Reply

She's funny. Cute as well. She's joyful. Maybe that's why she was cast as Joy in Inside Out. Good former SNL cast. Hope she does more movies.

Patricia de Pastors

May 5, 2019, 9:48 pm Reply

Love Amy Poehler like an aunt of my own❤️

Anthony Cooks

May 5, 2019, 9:53 pm Reply


Sy A

May 5, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

Amy for 2020?


May 5, 2019, 10:36 pm Reply

"kinda sorta an oaky afterbirth"


May 5, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

She kind of reminds me of an older Brie Larson, but hotter

Mr. New Day

May 5, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

Did you hear how many Men cheered when she said her Dad was a Math teacher? Coinkidink? lol Why are more men Math teachers.

Armando Higuera

May 5, 2019, 12:21 am Reply

He’s the worst talk show host right now

Helen Albiston

May 5, 2019, 12:56 am Reply

I love how Amy and Tina both change the pitch of their voice when they’re telling a story. Go look at Tina’s and Jimmy’s video on her sitting in front of Trump at Radio City Music Hall.

Helen Albiston

May 5, 2019, 1:06 am Reply

It’s also funny how big the wine glasses are compared to their faces! ?

Vamanos Ninja

May 5, 2019, 2:11 am Reply

Ana doesn't look 50 at all


May 5, 2019, 2:18 am Reply

Story Time: I was an extra on the set of Wine Country in April of 2018. I was a waiter for three days, every day was about 15 hours. Nothing better than seeing Amy and her whole gang cracking us ups singing and pretending to be drunk. On the way to lunch one day a buddy of mine accidentally stepped on Amy's foot.
"I am so Sorry I didn't mean that," he said.
"That's Okay," then Amy proceeded to step on his foot. "Now we're even!"
By far one of my favorite moments I witnessed last year.


May 5, 2019, 3:04 am Reply

Isnt jimmy a drop out?


May 5, 2019, 4:20 am Reply

I got a hint of Steve Carell when Amy's describing the wine lol.

Thomas Hughes

May 5, 2019, 4:31 am Reply

Iowa Wine: Corn pollen and soy root with a hint of pig feces and fleeting overtones of the freshest diesel fuel and hot galvanized roofing after brief rain….and raisins, there are definitely raisins in there.


May 5, 2019, 8:43 am Reply

I love her so much, more Amy please!!


May 5, 2019, 11:29 am Reply

She s sooo cute, I love her, can't wait for the show

Ev Ye

May 5, 2019, 11:44 am Reply

The only time you'll ever hear cheers for math teachers. Soak it in ?

thegirlyouknow T

May 5, 2019, 2:47 pm Reply

Amy, Parks and Rec……We miss it and we love you♥ Favorite line by Leslie Knope:
"Leslie: If I was sick, could I do this?

Ann: What are you doing?

Leslie: Cartwheels. Am I not doing them?

Ann: No.

Liesje Aa

May 5, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

Amy Poehler in a suit….. that is all.

Jan Waldner

May 5, 2019, 6:26 pm Reply

Amy Poehler in SNL rapping as Sarah Palin, the most impressive thing I have ever seen from her.


May 5, 2019, 7:28 pm Reply

let's go director leslie knope!

Alex Ruland

May 5, 2019, 9:40 pm Reply

any time amy p or tina fey is on fallon i get so excited!!! they always have the best interviews.

Alex Ruland

May 5, 2019, 9:45 pm Reply

i'm getting notes of dried robins blood, old dirty cashews and.. just a HINT of a robots bath water.

Peach Plastic

May 5, 2019, 12:18 am Reply

I love reading the wine menu for entertainment, but I can't imagine anyone takes those descriptions seriously? "Reminiscent of the Orient with hints of spices and wood." I don't think it's wine what those authors are drinking.

Kassidy Goddard

May 5, 2019, 2:26 am Reply

Amy seems drunk and also I love her

M 4

May 5, 2019, 2:26 am Reply

Teachers are great. Students are fucking jerks


May 5, 2019, 8:54 am Reply

Ummm what about nurses week?!?!? ? jk teachers are awesome too!!

B Nelson

May 5, 2019, 9:57 am Reply

I love all the girls in Wine Country but it was an awful movie. :/

Frida Skarp

May 5, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

I love Amy Poehler, I love Amy Poehler, I love Amy Poehler.

Vergina Simpson

May 5, 2019, 5:16 pm Reply

A good teacher can indeed change your world. I’ve been blessed to have had some really great teachers and professors. They’re rare, but they’re out there!


May 5, 2019, 7:29 pm Reply

A bad teacher can also change your life


May 5, 2019, 8:03 pm Reply

Best Wine Tasting bit is Andy Milonakis' bit.

So Jorn

May 5, 2019, 7:53 am Reply

Scene was at opus one in rutherford


May 5, 2019, 1:02 pm Reply

Since Poehler loves to curse I think she’d appreciate this: fucking love her.

Annalise Noeltner

May 5, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

My idol!!

Jay Wolin

May 5, 2019, 9:42 pm Reply

Amy Poehler is just the best. She needs a new show on TV or Netflix

Whiskey and Cigarettes

May 5, 2019, 4:09 am Reply

First movie that I actually laughed at in awhile. Definitely a chick flick for late 30’s to 50’s.

shaner193 r

May 5, 2019, 6:38 am Reply

The most fake joke stealing bitch that has ever tried to be famous. It is truly sad that you are famous and some that are deserving aren’t.

Emely V.

May 5, 2019, 6:06 pm Reply

Leslie Knope is my hero ??


May 5, 2019, 8:40 pm Reply

"with a hint of a ravens bathwater" "i think we can all agree that all wine tastes the same, and if you spend more than $5 on wine…you are very stupid" thank you april ludgate.

Hey Marey

May 5, 2019, 11:50 pm Reply

“Just once a year, give him a good pinch!”



May 5, 2019, 2:21 am Reply

Wow how great us women want to be treated better but a famous woman is using her platform to promote child abuse at school! Were still at a point where we have to take it as a joke and laugh about it? Do we still laugh about women's abuse?

DiDi J

May 5, 2019, 11:05 pm Reply


Hello Dave

May 5, 2019, 1:11 am Reply

saw her in the village last week LOL she was just meandering down the block

Tiges The Winemaker

May 5, 2019, 7:07 am Reply

Some excellent wine tasting pointers there – so much energy hahahah


May 5, 2019, 3:17 am Reply

Oh dear. I love all these women so much and I’m rooting for this movie but usually for these clips, they choose the pick of the litter . . . So this might not be a good sign ?

Voice IT

May 5, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

utube stop recommending me this unfunny mumbling retard

Rohit Goswami

May 5, 2019, 9:03 pm Reply

Jimmy Amy fuck u

Rohit Goswami

May 5, 2019, 9:04 pm Reply


Rohit Goswami

May 5, 2019, 9:04 pm Reply

love u sweetheart ? dear

Rohit Goswami

May 5, 2019, 9:05 pm Reply


Tory Johnson

May 5, 2019, 11:50 pm Reply

Wow I wish my mom was as nice as Amy. I would show my mom remixes and new songs I found and she just talk about how it came from her generation. It always let me down "I already know and I know it better than you"

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May 5, 2019, 12:37 am Reply

what is going on with these folks lol yeahhhhhh math teacher wohoooooooooo yeahhh

Ben Middlebrooke

May 5, 2019, 2:13 am Reply

Where's Ron Swanson?

Jenna Melman

May 5, 2019, 5:35 am Reply



May 5, 2019, 8:07 pm Reply

I loved this movie. It was so cute and funny.

Tasha Clark

May 5, 2019, 12:24 pm Reply

Unless you know you're a bad teacher and you don't care about the needs of your students, but those teachers don't know or don't care that they're bad.


May 5, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

Knope 2020

Sreejith Balakrishnan

May 5, 2019, 11:49 am Reply

Biggest dilemma I have ever faced. On one hand, it's Amy Poehler and therefore I really really wanna watch. But on the other hand, it's 5 mins of Jimmy Fallon's fake laughter

TT xo

Jun 6, 2019, 3:21 am Reply

She's so cute! ^.^

Mrs.Indian Monroe

Jun 6, 2019, 1:49 pm Reply

Oh man she got to work with Antonio ? I'd keep forgetting my lines all the time because my eyes and mouth would be drooling on him??? I don't know how she did it to keep focus lol

Alexis Conklin

Jul 7, 2019, 5:54 am Reply

Dear Amy Poehler, please make another movie so I can enjoy another press tour ??

Devin Cockerille

Aug 8, 2019, 4:39 am Reply

Amy is perfect in all ways & I hope she understands how admired she is

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