Yes Please by Amy Poehler


In 2008, under intense pressure from the comedians’ lobby, Senator John McCain selected Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Having read a few female comedian memoirs that fizzled out half way through, I went into reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler with lower expectations. Maybe for this reason I found myself enjoying it more than the others. Or maybe Poehler just had more to say.

Yes Please is not a traditional funny girl memoir (obviously I am an expert, having read two previously) that starts with the terrible recollections of being an awkward, nerdy kid (Poehler was luckily able to escape this AND still become the funny woman she is today). Instead it bounces around from story to story, sticking mainly to her adult years. And I think that’s why it worked for me – not adhering to the linear ‘from nerds to riches’ timeline, but just telling the stories that she felt like telling. I also believe I enjoyed it more because it was a bit of a ‘buck up!’ book to the older people out there, rather than a ‘you can do it!’ book for the youngsters. At this point in my life, those are the kind of books I should be reading! Upon finishing, my main take away from this book is that I would really like to become a member of Amy Poehler’s circle of friends. I’m going to start working on my five point plan to attain this goal today.

It seems like in the olden times people loved to stick their babies in strange places and then brag about where they fit. My father also told me a story about using a warm baked potato as some kind of mitten. I don’t know. Things were weird back then.


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