From getting her start on the improv stage to landing a 10-year stint at SNL, Amy Poehler has continued to flourish and grow in her comedic career. Not only has she starred in the hit NBC show Parks & Recreation, her and Tina Fey blew the roof off with their Golden Globe hosting. In Yes, Please Amy shares with the readers her childhood stories. The pages delve into her roots of where she grew up and how she worked to get where she is today.
Even before reading Yes Please, I had a feeling I would really enjoy this book. Her and Tina (Fey) are such smart, funny women and while – no pressure – I had high hopes for this book, I’m glad it did not disappoint. Amy talks about her life up to this point in an open and vulnerable way that allows for many to either relate or understand. She grew up in humble surroundings and it was through hard work, perseverance and gumption that she made such a name for herself in the comedy world.
One of my favourite discoveries about Amy from this book was just how many times her and Seth Meyers’ lives have crossed paths before actually working together on Saturday Night Live. They have such chemistry working together that it’s a joy just to watch them interact (as was the case when she was on his show recently promoting her book).
There were many moments throughout the book that I found myself both cheering and feeling content at the message Amy was putting out there. Great inspirational words of wisdom that left me feeling, for lack of a better word, validated. (I, too, hate when people tell me to “relax” if I’m upset.) Also, as Amy also brought up during her Toronto appearance, I admire that she addresses the constant need to pit women against each other. Why can’t we build each other up rather than always be competing? That mentality shows through in her writing and in her life. Seeing the way she writes about her fellow cast mates is just so full of love, respect and admiration. I absolutely loved this book, flew through it and found myself quite disappointed that I was finished it already.