Yes Please – Amy Poehler

Jan 07

Yes Please – Amy Poehler

I have challenged myself to read 50 books this year. This goal is fairly consistent over the years, but I have yet to attain this achievement. If book #1 is any indication, I am in for a great reading year! Amy Poehler, thank you for kicking off my New Year in comedic style.

I have been a fan of Saturday Night Live forever. I am reasonably certain that I have seen every episode since the early 90s. I stick it out, even when the writing is terrible. The Weekend Update has always been a favorite; the combination of Poehler and Tina Fey was pure magic. (I liked Fey’s Bossypants a smidge better, probably because I have been a fan of hers for just a bit longer.) I have decided that these two wonderful women need to host every award show. Ever.

Amy Poehler describes a basic middle- class childhood in Massachusetts. The book is divided into sections, headed by advice, then laced with personal tales and some pretty outstanding candid pictures. She is honest about many things (pregnancy difficulties, the joy of motherhood, her love of her work) and super close-lipped about others (her divorce, her new man, stories about her only sibling.)

I connected to many of her tales, as we are exactly the same age. The introduction of MTV, Rob Lowe in The Outsiders, and watching HBO way too early were huge life-shapers for me. I too survived college sans cell phone. Ms. Poehler weaves life experience into lessons in the most hilarious of ways. She admits to being addicted to “tragedy-porn” at a certain time in her life, then realizes there are better things to do than actively seek out horror. “No more Human Centipede movies please.” She then offers up some potential taglines for the 4th installment of that flick, which had me laughing so hard I was crying. (I never watched that movie, but I had actual NIGHTMARES just from hearing the premise.) We all need a reminder to shut off the negative stuff some times. She loves the Beastie Boys and is friends with Ad-Rock. He knows the fly spot where they got the champagne.

I loved all of the behind-the-scenes SNL juicy goodness. I knew every skit she wrote about. The Sarah Palin rap, it turns out, was just a week before she gave birth to her first child. That makes it even more genius. Bonus points for back-up singing Samberg.

Amy is the gal you want to be friends with; she is cool, she is witty, she seems supremely loyal, she’s crazy smart, and she will make you laugh. The only thing I disagreed with in the book? “I don’t think a man who is fifteen years younger than me should tell me he is proud of me unless he is my sober coach or my time-travel dad.” Hilarious.

I am so sad that Parks and Rec is ending, that has been a fun ride as well. I just can’t wait to see what she does next! Kudos to the husband for giving this to me as a Christmas gift!






  1. I absolutely loved this book! I am with you that I liked Bossypants a bit more, but really YES! Please was as good. I won this book and a sa-weet coffee mug too, so even better!

  2. Sandwich Gal /

    What a great prize! I wish all books were this entertaining!

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