8:54pm PT by Trilby Beresford
'Wine Country' Cast Recalls Favorite 'SNL' Sketches With Late-Night Host Andy Cohen
Several castmembers from the upcoming Amy Poehler-helmed Netflix film Wine Country appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Tuesday night, where they participated in the late-night show's signature rapid-fire questions segment and shared their experience of working with Poehler as a director.
In the hot seat were Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey (who co-wrote the film with Liz Cackowski) and Rachel Dratch.
Host Cohen began by announcing that Wine Country is a movie that "showcases" these women and will make you "drunk with happiness." He then talked about all the Saturday Night Live icons in the room, introducing a game called "SNYell," where the women were instructed to yell the first thing that comes to mind as Cohen speaks a familiar name from SNL.
First up was Molly Shannon, to which the women yelled out "lovely" and "darling." Upon hearing Will Ferrell's name, they said, "hilarious" and "chest hair." Tracy Morgan got "wackadoo in the best way," Tim Meadows "super foxy darling" and Poehler's name resulted in "ace in the hole" followed by "superwoman."
In reference to Spivey's affection for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Cohen asked her to come up with her own Housewife tagline. She said, "I may be a writer, but you can't read me." Pell's tagline was, "If I was a stripper, my name would be Quantity."
Asked by Cohen what their favorite sketch is on SNL that they wrote, Spivey and Pell answered "Oprah"s Favorite Things" and "Bobbi and Marty."
The late-night host later quizzed the actresses about working with Poehler as a director and Gasteyer shared that she's "naturally bossy in a great kind of way." Pell likened her to a well-organized mom who always knows what's going on.
Based on a real trip that took place in Sonoma County in 2016 to celebrate Dratch's 50th birthday, Wine Country follows a group of longtime friends who come together in the Napa Valley to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of their tribe, a character played by Dratch.
Speaking about making the film with so many familiar collaborators, Poehler told The Hollywood Reporter in April, "I like to brag that we had 20 years of rehearsal basically. A lot of my work [as a director] was slowing everybody down, reminding them that they didn't have to come in and score. Because these ladies are assassins. They parachute into other people's movies and they're the funniest part of the movie. They just kill. But many of them have not necessarily been in the entirety of a movie, with a continuing arc we're going to stick with."
In addition to her directing duties, Poehler appears in the main cast along with Maya Rudolph, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey and Jason Schwartzman.
Wine Country opens in select theaters May 8 before bowing on Netflix May 10.