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Jessie Mueller slept through her Tony nomination for 'Waitress,' but Hoda didn't!

When Tony nominations were revealed last month, it was no surprise to learn that 2014 Best Actress winner Jessie Mueller was in the running for the big award once more — after all, she's now wowing Broadway audiences in "Waitress" just like she did in "Beautiful" before.

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Jessie Mueller of 'Waitress': I wasn't expecting a Tony nomination

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Still the nom was a bit of a shock to Mueller herself, since she was in bed when the news broke.

"I actually slept in that morning," she revealed during a Friday morning visit to TODAY. "I woke up to lots of texts from friends."

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'Waitress' Star Jessie Mueller

Hoda Kotb knew all about that — since she was one of those friends.

"I texted, 'Oh my, God!'" she cheered.

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Hoda — like many others — is a big fan of Mueller's work in "Waitress," which sees the singing star playing the part of a beleaguered wife and pregnant waitress with a passion for pies.

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'Waitress' Star Jessie Mueller

But does Mueller know anything about working as waitress in real life?

"I cater-waitered," she recalled. "The kind of person who stands around faceless at parties and is like, 'Banana cream pie with a touch of coconut topping — would you like to try it?'"

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However cater-waitering didn't prepare her for the waitress-themed pop quiz Hoda and Kathie Lee posed.

When asked what "burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it" or "nervous pudding" really means in diner-speak, Mueller wasn't so sure.

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Jessie Mueller in "Waitress."

As it turns out, those are orders for "a burger with lettuce and tomato" and "Jello," respectively, but the "Waitress" star certainly had a good point when she questioned whether or not the shorthand slang "really makes it easier."

Maybe more fun, but easier? Try figuring out what "Adam and Eve on a raft and wreck 'em" means and then tell us!

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