Hi Reddit. Amy Poehler here. My first book, YES PLEASE, is in stores now! Check it out here: http://amysaysyesplease.com/

Proof: http://imgur.com/3QwHGyz

Victoria's helping me out today over the phone. AMAA!

UPDATE To everyone I didn't get to answer, I appreciate your support, taking the time to connect with me, and on behalf of myself, I say to the internet: Live Long and Prosper. Battlestations at the ready. Don't believe the hype. And surfboardt.

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OvernightSiren4328 karma

I feel stupid writing this, but here we go. I'm at work so I had to sneak into the bathroom to write this. It isn't really a question, I guess, but I had to reach out someway (and as far as I know you don't use any social media). I had to say thank you. I was very depressed this past winter. Stuck in a small town full of idiots, no idea where I wanted my life to go and more than anything just feeling alone and like a failure. Then I discovered Parks and Rec. You, the the cast and writers, fully turned my year around--maybe my life. I still live in this crummy town, and I still feel lonely sometimes, but I don't feel hopeless. I value what I have and have learned to look for opportunity and take chances. The laughs and tears (not just from the laughing, corny enough as that is to admit) have had a profound effect on me and I couldn't be more thankful. I wish the show could go on for forever, but it can't so I'll instead fill that void by introducing friends to what I view as the greatest tv comedy ever. And just since this is an ama, I'll just ask what your favorite kind of waffles are? :P

EDIT: omg reddit gold! I'm not even sure what that is! Thank you to those that gave it to me though!

Amy-Poehler5046 karma

Okay, who cares about waffles?

What a beautiful post.

Thank you for sharing that with me. That was really nice. and you sound like the kind of person that will find a lot of love and happiness in your life. Because you're not afraid to be vulnerable, and you've gotten stronger in tough times.

I love the image of you huddled in the bathroom. We've all been there. I can't wait to see - I wish I could see what happens in the next 10 years. I can tell you're a special person with lots of good things ahead.

Also: blueberry.

Damonstration3547 karma

How do I avoid becoming depressed after Parks and Recration is over?

Amy-Poehler4508 karma

Get some sunlight, go for a brisk walk, take your Vitamin D, call a friend, make sure you change out of your pajamas at some point in the day.

braindeadbread3328 karma


Amy-Poehler4078 karma

Fine leather goods.

Rebinator30002989 karma

In season 2 you not only landed the Emmy nom but absolutely killed it and got me hooked on the show. My question to you is when Chris Pratt actually flashed you when he mistakenly thought Anne wanted him back, what was going through your head? And how hilarious was it to rewatch your own reaction?

It was priceless on my end.

Amy-Poehler3448 karma

It was really fun... that was early on in the show, I just remember laughing, just like I do at everything Chris Pratt does. He's genius.

SteadyOperative2532 karma

Roughly how many clones of you do you think it would take to beat 1 Nick Offerman in a fist fight?

Amy-Poehler4189 karma

First of all, this person assumes that I would fight Nick Offerman in a physical way. They are wrong. I would destroy him mentally.

I would get into that complex, wood-covered mind of his, and rip him to Shreds. And if this is Nick Offerman - nice try, buddy!

I'm coming for you!

BoopsAndBeeps2340 karma

If you were a Game of Thrones character who would you end up sleeping with and how would you end up dying?

Amy-Poehler3361 karma


If I was a character, I would sleep with everyone, but let's be real, the Dothraki are where it's at. And I would never die! I would just do some kind of weird, you know, witch thing that couldn't be killed!

cupidforgets1734 karma

You are just amazing and so hilarious! I just adore Parks & Recreation and your character. You do facial expressions like no other. Does playing such a hyper character take a lot out of you? Do you need mass amounts of caffeine?

PS: Your angry face speaks to me!

Amy-Poehler2369 karma

I love playing Leslie Knope, but she says SO many words, and she does talk so much, that sometimes I think my mouth is gonna break. But she does do a lot of talking. I would love for somebody on the internet to figure out how many words Leslie Knope has actually said.

Someone on the internet can do that, right?

terattt1688 karma

What pickup line is guaranteed to work on you every time?

Amy-Poehler3511 karma

"Are you tired? You should leave this party and go to sleep."

Oh, you're right! Thanks! Bye!

Silfax1648 karma

Hi Amy!

You can pull off a pretty incredible number of looks.

If you had to pick one character you’ve played to live as for the rest of your life, who would you choose?

Amy-Poehler1607 karma


That's a good one.

Um... maybe...whew... who would I? You know, I think, one time I had to play some, some foolish writer cast me as Penelope Cruz, even though she and I have very little in common. I would like to say I wouldn't mind staying as Penelope Cruz and I think America would agree.

judomonkeykyle1246 karma

If you were to appear on Comedy Central's Drunk History, what historical person would you talk about?

Amy-Poehler2029 karma

Oh, I guess, I feel I don't know anyone's history well enough, but I would pick... maybe a suffragette who liked to party?

rebarex1195 karma

Amy Poehler! I may like you more than Lil Sebastian. THANKS for doing this AMA.

First, congrats on the release of your book. I can't wait to read it. It better be good. I will bill you for every yawn.

A few questions:

  • You've become a wonderful role model for women and girls across the globe. What inspired you to create Smart Girls at the Party and then subsequently Amy's Smart Girls? Do you have plans to expand or grow this online oasis?

  • Your character Leslie Knope is so refreshing. It's so kickass to see a lead female role that is super smart, funny, and driven. Knope really deconstructs a lot of sexist, oppressive female stereotypes. How much involvement did you play in the creation and development of her character, and would you say she is reflective of you?

Amy-Poehler1352 karma

1) Yes! First of all, rest in peace, Lil Sebastian, he will always be in our hearts and minds.

And Smart Girls is growing by the minute, we are getting ready to launch new programming in the next few months under the Legendary Umbrella! And I started Smart Girls just with the small idea of creating a show, a fun show that started with a dance party and celebrated young people being themselves, and it's grown into a bigger idea, and hopefully, kind of, you know, in its own way, a tiny movement.

I was able to collaborate with the creator Mike a lot, and we really worked together in many ways to make Leslie who she was, and because there's such good writing on the show that she becomes such a great character.

And she's like me, but she works... we're like each other, I should say, but I think I'm - I don't think I'm as, I think I've become a little bit more cynical than her. I think she reminds me to keep an open mind and to go big or go home.

Jphan10481049 karma

Hey Amy! Who was your favorite guest star on parks?

Amy-Poehler1944 karma

Oh, we had so many good ones!!!

We had surprise ones that we can't believe we got, like Michelle Obama, Joe Biden and Ginuwine. We had great comedy people, like Louis CK... and Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas... anytime a UCB person comes by, it's always great. We've had so many good guest stars come by, it's an embarrassment of riches.

madladill978 karma

HI AMY, I have to say I absolutely love you and have been waiting for this ama all day. My question to you is, is there a chance we'll get to see you on the big screen anytime soon?

Amy-Poehler2625 karma

We just finished a movie called "The Nest" that is coming out next year! And I'm also doing a voice in the new Pixar movie "Inside Out" which is coming out in June, and it's a great film, can't wait for people to see it. And catch me as a dungeonmaster in "50 Shades of Grey!" You can't tell it's me cuz I'm wearing a mask!

jonemillard955 karma

Hey Amy!

What has been your oddest fan encounter?

Amy-Poehler2190 karma

Oh, I usually have very nice, polite fans. I don't have anything too weird. And I don't want to tell you, because I don't want to give any weirdos any ideas.

cmurphy97928 karma

First, of all I'm a massive fan, you're the funniest person on earth. Your appearance(s) on Comedy Bang Bang's freestyle rap contests are things of incredible notoriety, in a good way.

How do you feel freestyle rapping has shaped your career overall?

Also, is working with Adam Scott as incredible as it sounds?

Amy-Poehler2079 karma


Well, you know, look - do I think I'm the best in the game? No.

But do I think I'm one of the best? Absolutely.

Do I consider myself better than Nas? Totally.

Am I a better MC than Jay-Z? We.Shall.See.

At the end of the day, I'm just... trying to keep it real. From the heart, and spit like a master.

Yes, Adam Scott is a great actor, he's a great kisser, has a GREAT head of hair, and if this is Adam Scott - I'm onto you, stop fishing for compliments!

1daisybuchanan898 karma

You've had a long day and no time to cook.. What's your go-to meal?

Amy-Poehler2098 karma


Oh! Well right now I'm eating tortilla chips and salsa while I do this. And I've had a long day, and no time to cook. So life imitates art, reddit.

ImRichieDagger781 karma

Hey Amy, I’m a huge fan of your work. I was curious as to how much involvement you still have with UCB? Also, my wife wanted to mention that you are her hero and she loves Smart Girls at the Party.

Amy-Poehler840 karma


To your wife, and you.

I still perform at UCB in New York & LA whenever I can, and just this weekend, we are celebrating opening our new space in Los Angeles, so I see those guys all the time and it was fun to write about our experiences in the book.

whiplash42705 karma

Hi Amy, my girlfriend teaches and Reddit is blocked at her school, but she wanted me to ask you:

  1. What was your inspiration for "Ask Amy"?

  2. Does your love for Harry Potter mirror Leslie's?

  3. "Does Adam Scott smell as good as I think he smells?"


Amy-Poehler1875 karma

1) Oh!! Just the idea of connecting with some people, and just answering letters and questions that come in to us. Simple as that.

2) Ha! Well, in very exciting news, there was a moment of time where Daniel Radcliffe and I were in the same building. And I am a HUGE fan of his work, and I think he's an awesome actor. That being said, unlike Leslie, I have never read the books! I have 2 young sons and I am looking forward to doing that with them soon.

3) Adam Scott smells like... lemons and possibility. Future and peppermint. Loyalty and vanilla ice cream.

TheMidgetCrusader670 karma

What's your favorite dinosaur?

Amy-Poehler1372 karma

Oh! Pterodactyl. Because the P is silent. And my kids - that's the punch line to one of my kids' favorite jokes.

ghostchief594 karma

Hello Amy, love your work!

Who is most like and who is least like their character on P & R off screen? (including yourself and people no longer on the show)

Amy-Poehler1034 karma


Well, uh, let's see. I think there's a little bit of everybody in their characters, but we aren't all annoyed by Jim O'Hare. So when the character of Jerry comes around, we all can't wait for him to get out of there, but when Jim goes around, we only want him to stay. But Joan Calamezzo, the character, is based on Moe Collin's life. JUST KIDDING!!!

terattt425 karma

What kind of kid were you going up? Were you the class clown? Were you ever shy?

Amy-Poehler809 karma

I wasn't the class clown. I was a student who liked school and did a lot of activities, and I kind of floated around. I wasn't very shy, but I didn't really think I would be a performer, and didn't know anyone who was an actor or writer. I was a very kind of typical kid who liked to work hard and have a good time. But I don't think you would've necessarily pointed to me and said "Darn right."

Makeitmelt395 karma


Amy-Poehler1293 karma


A necklace made out of grapes or shoes made out of onions? Oh, I'm gonna have to go with the grapes. Is this some kind of personality test to find out if I'm a sociopath? Who would pick shoes made out of onions? Somebody who's angry at their mom.

potus32383 karma

What is the most rewarding piece of advice you have been given during your life?

Amy-Poehler1092 karma

Um: hmm. Well, that's a good one. Maybe " Pay attention to what people do, not what they say."

unicorn10-10340 karma

What's your favorite animal?

Amy-Poehler1139 karma

Uh... polar bear, of COURSE! Hahah!

skinsballr336 karma

What is your favorite SNL sketch of all-time?

Amy-Poehler737 karma

Oh, that's too hard to choose. There are SO many. There's ones that I loved growing up, like "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer" with Phil Hartman, and the "Sweeney Sisters," and then there were ones that I got to do, and then there are ones I see right now... so I'm gonna say, I loved "Debbie Downer" the first one, just because it was so hilarious, and then as far as a recent one that i loved, I'm gonna say... I just loved last week when Kate McKinnon danced with Jim Carrey. The sketches are always - just when you think you've seen your favorite one, then another one comes along.

icedbeer326 karma

What is your favourite tv show?

Amy-Poehler968 karma

Well, growing up, I loved "All in the Family" and I loved "CHEERS." I also loved "The Wire" and "Law & Order." There are SO many good current television shows happening too! I love "Broad City"! And I could watch "Judge Judy" every day, all day and all night, don't stop won't stop.

nailbiter111324 karma

Why haven't you played Batman yet?

Amy-Poehler1106 karma

Cuz I don't want to win ALL the awards, it would be unfair!

Sheriffnickgrimes307 karma

"Baby Mamma" is one of the all time greats in my opinion, my wife and I love it! How hard was it to keep a straight face while shooting the scenes with Steve Martin?

Amy-Poehler409 karma

Oh, it's really really hard, because he's a genius and I grew up listening to his records, and it was really fun to get to work with him. And he's wearing a ridiculous ponytail. I'm always onboard for it.

OhHelloPlease279 karma

Why is Oren always like that???

Amy-Poehler554 karma

You're asking me?

I want April to get away from him!!!

heylinab260 karma

Is there a celebrity or public figure that you have a borderline obsession with like Leslie has for Joe Biden? Someone that would cause you to legitimately freak out, if you ever met them in person.

Amy-Poehler515 karma

Um... I kind of - I met Tilda Swinton a few years ago, and I grabbed her a little too tightly. There's lots of people who I am very excited to meet, and they are often not famous. But as far as - yeah. Let's say Tilda Swinton was an exciting one, I'm a big fan of hers. And I still get excited by meeting a lot of people.

katisbanned223 karma

Hi Amy, first of all I LOVE YOU! Two: I'm so fucking ready to read your book. And third: I love what you do with Smart Girls, I've seen all the videos and I wish I could have that kind of advice when I was about 12 years old. I thought I wanted to do a funny question or something but actually I want to know if there's a way we could reproduce what you do in Smart Girls but in Chile and in spanish so we can spread the smarty word in our language? Do you think it would be a good idea? Kisses from Chile!

Amy-Poehler322 karma

Awww! Thank you Chile! I love you! And so does Horatio Sanz, who's from Chile! that's a great question, and yes, as we move forward with new content at Smart Girls, we are excited about opening up in an international way and providing content for all over the world. I love that you care enough to ask that, and I hope to be providing more content for you very soon. Rapido!

ApieJapie209 karma

Hi Amy, your IMDB profile mentions you have three nicknames apparently: Cool Cat Amy, Crazy Amy, and Poehlercoaster. What can I call you?

Amy-Poehler472 karma

None! That's bad intel!

alsoamelia193 karma

My writing partner/best friend and I are writing a road trip karaoke movie. What is your go to karaoke song?

Amy-Poehler813 karma

Um...my go-to karaoke song is "We didn't start the fire" by Billy Joel. Sung in Spanish. And in a very high key.

nailbiter111173 karma

What is your favorite condiment?

Amy-Poehler663 karma

I enjoy cocktail sauce. And I get angry when restaurants serve oysters without it. And all you chefs out there reading this reddit, because I KNOW you're in the kitchen prepping somebody's meal and also reading this reddit - don't try and pull any bullshit with me and say you can't make cocktails sauce, cuz I'm onto you!

mustangls1162 karma

What is your favorite color? :) Huge fan by the way!

Amy-Poehler409 karma


Tinamy_Wiig159 karma

Hey Amy, How do you relax, or what is your source of energy when you're having a stressful day?

Amy-Poehler445 karma

Haha! Um... I relax by running marathons. And I get my energy by base jumping.

fogtman158 karma

What advice would you give to a lovely girl who also happens to be a huge fan and is turning 18 today (A.K.A me)??

Amy-Poehler780 karma

Oh! Happy 18th birthday! Exercise your right to vote! Whatever you feel drunk, stop, because 18 year olds have a hard time figuring out how much they can drink. Be with a good friend who can make sure you get home safe, and try one new thing on your birthday every year.

unicorn10-10157 karma

What's your favorite movie?

Amy-Poehler488 karma

Oh! Well, I don't know if I can pick just one, but "The Jerk."

Let's see... "The Jerk."

Ryan7074156 karma

Hi Amy big fan of Parks and Rec, what is the funniest thing to happen on the set?

Amy-Poehler390 karma

We have so many funny times on set, we do a LOT of goofing around, it's loose and goofy, and one of the most fun things was - we do this thing where we all forget our lines... oh wait, that's just us forgetting our lines. No wait!

itsfrantastic155 karma

But how do you REALLY feel about the state of Indiana?

Amy-Poehler369 karma

I LOVE it! I used to live in Chicago, and did touring through Indiana when I was in Second City, and it's a beautiful state filled with fine people who work hard and love their children!

kcunningham2008104 karma

Hi Amy! I am going out to buy your book tonight and I can't wait to read it! What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

Amy-Poehler200 karma

They were all fun for different reasons. Sometimes when writing the history of UCB< or the times at SNL were fun, because they reminded me of all those stories, and I would start laughing thinking of all the ridiculous people I surrounded myself with. I was just texting with Fred Armisen, and telling him that i wrote nice things about him int he book, and he was very touched, and then I reminded him that his lawyers made me do it, and I said "His lawyers will sue you if you don't write nice things about him in your book."

EvieJay101 karma

What is your personal theme song?

Amy-Poehler273 karma


Um... hahaha... maybe... "Jump" by Van Halen.


saficus73 karma

Hi Amy! You really do have a great face for wigs.

What's your favorite breakfast food and why is it pancakes?


Amy-Poehler121 karma

Thank you, Saficus!

I can tell from this question that you have a great face too. My favorite breakfast food... Oooh, you know what, I don't want to hate on pancakes. All breakfast food welcome!

nailbiter11171 karma

Do you like or love Orange Tic Tacs?

Amy-Poehler235 karma

I'm indifferent about that question and those tic-tacs.

And I'm sorry if that causes a stir.