Amy Poehler, Kristin Chenoweth React to Emmy Nominations

Amy Poehler and Kristin Chenoweth

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updated 07/14/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET

originally published 07/14/2011 AT 5:30 PM ET

Mad Men may lead the Emmy nominations race, but when it comes to celebrating the nods, Amy Poehler says her Parks and Recreation cast has everyone beat.

“I would gather that we could give most shows a run for their money as far as straight-up partying goes,” Poehler, 39, told PEOPLE Thursday morning after hearing her comedy picked up four nominations. “We have some strong men who can flip some tables if need be.”

Adds the actress: “We’ve also got some youngsters who can go all night long. And we have some seasoned vets who know how to make it count.”

In addition to her own nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Poehler’s also cheering for her husband, Will Arnett, who’s up for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock.

“It’s really cool,” she says. “It’s a total celebration. We’re both a big fan of each other’s work. This is just added special awesome sauce, as Chris Pratt would say.”

In preparation for Thursday’s morning announcement, some actors began sipping before they even knew if they’d been selected.

“So honored and happy when I found out the news at 8:30 this morning,” nominee Jimmy Fallon said in a statement. “The fact that I was already drinking champagne was a happy coincidence.”

Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson got ready for the good – or bad news by “having a drink” the night before and the morning of the announcement. He joked that in between beverages, he was “going to take a sleeping pill and sleep through” the process.


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