The moment that Harper Collins announced that Amy Poehler was going to be in Toronto to sign her new book, Yes Please, I knew I had to figure out a way to get my hands on a wristband. Thank goodness that Indigo decided to open their store early, at 8am, to give out wristbands before many had to be at work. To my (naive) surprise, when I showed up at 6:50am to line up I found myself already all the way down the street, almost a block away. Upon asking the security guards, they said the first people arrived at a quarter to 4 in the morning. That’s dedication! Many hours later, after work, I headed back to the bookstore to find many people camped out all around the empty seating area – which was being held for those with the “Group #1” wristbands. Made sense. I plunked down on the side and found myself a little ledge to sit on while I read Yes Please and waited for the event to start at 7.
Due to our dreaded Toronto traffic during rush hour, the event was about 10-15 minutes late from starting, but soon enough the excitement was in the air as Amy Poehler and Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany entered the event space from the back of the room. During their intro, a comment was made about seeing if her book will out-sell [Tina Fey’s] Bossypants to which Amy aptly replied “Why does it always have to be a competition?” Loved that. (And having finished her book now, she writes about this constant need for women to be competing with each other)
The interview between Amy and Tatiana was full of laughs as well as serious talk. Amy discusses various topics that are also covered in her book including the time she regretted an SNL skit she did and didn’t necessarily handle it the way she should have at the moment. I tried to take a few video snippets of her other conversation topics, so here are two clips: One where she answers Tatiana on the question about helping others speak up/bring attention to/etc., and the other is when she discusses her soon-ending show Parks & Recreation.
Just as the interview was winding down, a loud thump was heard in the back where someone required medical attention. After a few minutes of concerned chaos. Amy, full of concern on the stage waits for a signal that the attendee was okay (which she was). “Is she okay? …. And that’s how we like to end our interviews – in a dramatic fashion!” (I’m paraphrasing.)
I have to commend the Indigo staff for handling the huge signing line (approx 500 people) so efficiently and quickly. I was group 7 and thought I had tons of time to get food, and next thing I know I already hear them calling Group 7 to be on deck to line up. The whole experience of meeting Amy was a whirlwind. I handed my camera over to Cory from Harper Collins to snap a candid shot of The Amy Meeting, while I was going to take a photo for the fan behind me in line. I got up to the front, said something to the effect of “It’sSOGREATtomeetyouOMGyou’regoingthroughthissigninglinesoquickly!!” … We laughed and I can’t even remember exactly what she said back to me. I think something to the effect of “Thanks for coming! I gotta go fast!” .. or something like that. I have no idea.. I was in such an excited blur that I had to remember to snap the photo for the girl who was after me!
All that being said, I’m so impressed and shocked that I was done with the signing and out the door by 8:25. All of 70 minutes or so after a very very early 5:30am wake-up … which was 100000% worth it. 🙂
Thanks to the teams at Indigo, Harper Collins, Tatiana Maslany for being a great interviewer and Amy Poehler for coming to visit us in Toronto!