Yes to "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler
I also have a strong interest in Saturday Night Live. I don't even watch the show regularly, but I've seen, owned or rented countless "Best of ..." specials and have an affinity for the Gilda Radner era.
More than anything, I just like smart, funny women. Especially if those women have written for TV or movies.
I admittedly didn't get through Yes Please as quickly as I wanted (it took me 2 months because I walked away from it for about 5 weeks altogether because ... life), but I read the last 150 pages last night on the couch while Clayton watched football.
And I was sad when it was over.
Because I have a fever and the only prescription is more Amy Poehler.
I'm telling you, Tina Fey, Amy and I could be great friends. We'd brunch. It would be awesome.
My overall takeaway from Yes Please:
- The hardback version of Yes Please offers glossy, full-color pages that smell absolutely wonderful. (I smell books.)
- Amy keeps pretty mum about her relationship with her now ex-husband, Will Arnett. I respect and appreciate that she has enough respect for their marriage not to address it in detail. Divorce sucks and it was devastating to her and that's all anyone needs to know.
- I practically salivated over the chapter about Parks and Recreation.
- Her love and adoration of her children shines through the pages.
- She's brazenly honest about herself and I loved that. She's very cool with who she is and that's inspiring as hell.
- Everyone needs to read her chapter about how "ambivalence is key".
- Amy laments a lot about how difficult it is to write a book and how much she hated the process. The statement was endearing the first time, but reading about it over and over again kind of make me feel guilty for reading the book in the first place. Like I somehow made a massive chore for her.
- The book skips around too much for me to keep the timeline straight. Like Tina Fey's Bossypants, Amy shares stories from her improv past and trying to make a living in Chicago, but she wrote about those experiences in spurts and I'm not entirely sure what happened when.
- Like a maniacal fan, I wanted more behind-the-scenes details of her time with SNL. Amy shared tidbits, but they were more or less sentence fragments about just a handful of hosts. I mean, I'll take any scraps I can get, but still.
- I'm kind of disappointed that she and Seth Meyers have yet to make cute comedy babies together. This really isn't a criticism of Amy's writing, but more of my own personal beef with the universe.
My favorite quotes:
Also, I feel like there needs to be a comma after "Yes" in the title. Is that just me? It's driving me nuts.
Would you like some more cake? Yes, please.
Would you like any herpes? No, thank you.
Have you read Amy's book? What did you think?