Amy Poehler‘s always the Emmy nominee, never the Emmy winner — until now: The comedian won her very first statue at Saturday night’s Creative Arts Emmys, where she and Tina Fey shared the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series award for their recent appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Before this, Poehler had received eight Emmy nominations in the acting categories. Despite being nominated six times for playing Leslie Knope in NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, she never took home the statue itself — though she did nab a Golden Globe for that same role in 2014.
“It’s one of the great Hollywood tragedies that she hasn’t won an Emmy yet,” Parks and Rec co-creator Michael Schur told EW in 2015. “I watched this happen with Steve Carell — it’s a very similar thing — and I think the world just thinks that she’s won. She’s been an active part of the Emmy ceremony for years and years. I think people have a picture in their minds of her on a stage in a nice dress and are like, oh, she’s won three times. No one can do what she did better than she did it.”
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But Poehler took her losing streak with humor: She and star Jon Hamm, who did eventually win one for Mad Men, threw a party for the non-winners once. “We decided we would test the fates, and we decided one evening, randomly, to have a losers party,” Hamm said on Late Night With Seth Meyers in 2015. “We hadn’t lost yet. We were nominated, but we were so certain we were going to lose. We called it the Losers Lounge.”
Poehler was a cast member on SNL from 2001 to 2008, and a Weekend Update anchor on the show from 2004 to 2008. She and Fey, who co-hosted Weekend Update with Poehler from 2004 to 2006, returned to the show for its 40th anniversary special in 2015 to helm the segment along with fellow alum Jane Curtain. The pair returned once again in late 2015 to co-host. Read the recap of their episode here, and see their Weekend Update comeback below.