“Julia Louis-Dreyfus was the best one on ‘Seinfeld.’ She was terrific on ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’ and she’s doing her best work right now on the fantastic HBO show ‘Veep‘ … which, along with ‘Parks and Recreation,’ got an 80 share,” Amy Poehler said wryly Tuesday night in Beverly Hills at the TV Academy’s annual Hall of Fame ceremony.
Poehler had the honor of inducting Louis-Dreyfus amongst a crowd of friends and colleagues. Her speech was at times heartfelt and often incredibly silly — both qualities that encapsulate Louis-Dreyfus’ renowned television career.
During her induction speech, Poehler reminded the industry crowd that Louis-Dreyfus is the only woman that’s won an acting award on three different comedy series and that she’s been nominated a whopping 14 different times at the Emmys, “surpassing the long-held record of comedy slouch Lucille Ball.”
Poehler briefly touched upon Louis-Dreyfus’ Golden Globe-nominated turn in the feature “Enough Said,” then cheekishly admitted, “I don’t really want to talk about film, because we all know that movies are dumb and TV is awesome.” Spoken like a true future TV Hall of Famer! Can we please add Poehler’s name to next year’s shortlist?
Taking the stage, Louis-Dreyfus admitted that she looked forward to “generations of TV fans visiting the Hall of Fame to admire my bust.”
She then toned down the sarcasm a bit, reciting a childhood story that shaped her into who she is today. “When I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was put on a show. We had a group of kids in our neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and we called ourselves Julia and the Umbrella People. I was Julia, obviously. We put on shows in the basement and we charged our parents a dollar to see them …. Obviously, we didn’t do those shows for the money or for the critical praise. We did them for the fun.”
Louis-Dreyfus lives by her old high school physics teacher’s motto, “Have fun at all costs.” Whenever she thinks about her blockbuster TV career, she remembers more than anything “the fun that I have had making all of these hundreds of TV shows.”
Watch Poehler’s introduction here:
And watch Louis-Dreyfus’ acceptance speech here: