Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler make the exchange. (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus took the best actress in a comedy prize during Sunday’s Emmy ceremony, for her role as the foul-mouthed, ineffective vice-president of these United States on HBO’s “Veep.” But in a bit that appeared to have been pre-arranged with Poehler, Dreyfus began her acceptance speech by thanking Poehler’s two children and “Parks and Recreation.”

For a second, it seemed like a genuine error, until Poehler ran up onstage and gave Dreyfus the proper remarks.

Dreyfus then somewhat nervously gave her genuine acceptance speech, which she closed by saying, “Lastly, isn’t it a shame that Amy Poehler didn’t win? What?”

Cut to Poehler in the audience mouthing the words, “It’s a shame.”

Basically, Poehler — that petite, comedic mastermind — managed to make this her Emmy moment even though she didn’t even win the thing. And rather than seeming Kanye West-ish, she only came across as even more hilarious.

Can the Emmys start giving Emmys for best handling of an Emmy acceptance speech that an Emmy nominee didn’t win? Because there is no way Poehler can lose in that category.


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