Parks and Recreation Exclusive: Amy Poehler to Direct May Sweeps Episode About [Spoiler Alert]

Leslie Knope’s race for city council on Parks and Recreation just got a major — some might say unfair — boost: An upcoming episode that finds Leslie facing off against her opponent in a debate was written and will be directed by the underdog candidate herself, Amy Poehler!

“It’s f—ing great,” declares executive producer Mike Schur of the episode, this season’s 20th. “It’s an awesome, funny script.”

Although Poehler has penned episodes of Parks and Rec before, this will be her first time stepping behind the cameras.

Schur isn’t revealing much else about the episode, save for the fact that the debate will be moderated by Pawnee talking head Perd Hapley.

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  1. Rock Golf says:

    Two words: Live episode!


  2. Zach says:

    Sweet!! I hope she does this more often, Amy is a comic genius!

    • joshua says:

      yeah, i’m a fan of hers even if i’ve never gotten in the show. from a purely cosmetic POV, i wish she’d get more brunette and less blond in her hair. but maybe its how she gets into this partic character?

  3. Eliza says:

    I love Amy Poehler.
    She’s a very smart, talented, and creative woman.

  4. Katie says:

    The episode she wrote last season (the fight) was my favorite! I can’t wait to see this episode!

  5. Linda says:


  6. vane says:

    Love Amy poehler she’s just awsum at everything! The fight was my favorite episode and when I found out she wrote it I was like can she be more amazing! P&r can do no wrong in my book if they did a live episode it would be awsum sauce! Praying for Amy to get the golden globe! #teamamypoehler!

  7. Dessy says:

    Perd Hapley is hosting??
    LOL. This just got even more wonderful!!

  8. Matt says:

    “The story of this debate is… it’s occuring right now.” -Perd Hapley

  9. TheDude says:

    How could you not mention that the role of her opponent is being played by none other than Paul Rudd?

  10. Dearna says:

    Before I ever looked at who wrote each episode I had two favorites, and I was not surprised at all to find they were actually both written by Amy. Not to say the other writers aren’t packing their sh*t; cos we all know they are. I’m really excited for this episode, it’s gonna be amazing!