Saturday, March 7, 2015

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler’s first book is full of as wide a variety of stories as you’d expect from an episode of Saturday Night Live.  And just as funny to boot.  Each essay (or list, or poem) is different and wonderful, full of laughs, or emotions, or advice, or something else entirely.

In a (generally) linear timeline of her life, Poehler describes her journey as a comedian: studying improv Chicago, moving to New York and becoming part of the Upright Citizens Brigade, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, and eventually going on to star in the hugely popular Parks and Recreation.  She also gives the reader glimpses of her life beyond stardom - family, friends, relationships, and more.

Part of the fun of Yes Please is its variety - sometimes like a diary entry, sometimes like reminiscing about a fond memory, and sometimes like a matter of fact pep talk from a friend with only your best interests at heart.  Poehler’s writing is conversational and warm, and - as you’d imagine - full of impeccably timed jokes and comedic observations.  Highly recommended to those who love comedy, particularly if you loved books like Bossypants by Tina Fey,  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (AndOther Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, and Girl Walks Into a Bar by Rachel Dratch.

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