Amy Poehler has long been among the best in the business of making people laugh. With her project, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls in full swing, and her first book, Yes, Please, on the horizon, Poehler is poised to establish herself as one of the most honest, kind and inspiring voices in the media landscape today––and to do so in a way that makes people smile. The always amiable Poehler sat down with Martin Short, also a soon-to-be author, before a rapt audience at BookCon in New York City.
The wit began to fly immediately, Poehler said the title of her book to tumultuous applause which caused Short to quip: “I’m a big fan too, but you say Yes, Please and get a standing ovation, I don’t get it.” From there the two settled into a comfortable and charming back and forth that lasted the better part of an hour. The pair covered a lot of ground with Poehler explaining the motivations behind writing her book, making cracks about getting her gig on SNL "the way everybody does"––by sleeping with the head writer (which would have been Tina Fey at the time)––sharing anecdotes and dropping nuggets of wisdom––”My motto is good for you, not for me.”
Though it is tempting to include the whole of their conversation, that would make for some lengthy reading. So in lieu of that, below are eight of the most amazing things Poehler had to say while chatting about her book, writing and life in general.