Yes PLease by Amy Poehler

Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I love Amy Poehler. I’m not even sure where this love comes from, as I don’t think I’ve watched much of what she has done. Nonetheless, the woman is awesome.

I pre-ordered Yes Please as soon as I knew it was being published, months ago. I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I wouldn’t say it wowed me, but if you’ve not read it yet you should. A vast chunk went by me as she talked about improv and SNL, but her upbeat, I’m-human-and-hate-myself-a-little-too attitude was a delight to read. Anyone who says self-deprecation doesn’t have its place is an idiot. Being proud of what you’ve done is brilliant, disliking yourself at the same time is human.

‘It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and seize your real estate.’

I enjoy reading memoirs, either for the insight into the lives of others or for experiences similar to my own (which in turn makes me feel less of an odd-ball.) Amy has taught me that I need to work a lot harder at what I love, say yes more than no, and that life can begin at 30 or 40.

‘”Relax” is a real tough one for me. Another one is “smile.” “Smile doesn’t really work either. Telling me to relax or smile when I’m angry is like bringing a birthday cake to an ape sanctuary. You’re asking to get your nose and genitals bitten off.’

This. I get told to smile all the time and it takes all I have to not scream in that person’s face. Poehler has a fantastic way of mentioning all the ways she has been less than nice (or as I like to call it, acted like the rest of the world) and making herself sound totally reasonable. I don’t hate her for not being perfect, I like her more for it.

Yes Please was a delightful Sunday read, get stuck in, even if it’s only for this one story which made me literally laugh out loud. I do not exaggerate when I say books rarely make me laugh.

‘All of my lower-middle-class Boston issues rose to the surface. I don’t like it when bratty, privileged old white guys speak to me like I’m their mouthy niece. I got that amazing feeling you get when you know you are going to looser it in the best, most self-righteous way. I just leaned back and yelled, “FUUUUUUCK YOU.” Then I chased him as he tried to get away from me.’

10 thoughts on “Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

  1. I love Amy Poehler too! And supposedly she is also a really nice person just in life — my friend was once hailing a cab in uptown NYC, and she came up and started hailing a cab too, and the cab wanted to take her, and she was like, No, no, this guy was here first. MANNERS. (Also, a noble sacrifice: Hailing a cab is a big nuisance, and on a bad day, I might have taken that cab instead of yielding it to the person who was there first.)


    1. I have such a girl crush on her, she sounds so lovely (despite thinking she is a meaney). I think having to hail a cab in NY, as a cripplingly British person, would end me.


  2. I also really want to read this, and it’s funny, I like Amy Poehler a lot but also haven’t seen her in much. I love reading such memoir/aphoristic books: have you read the Tina Fey/Sarah Silverman/Lena Dunham/Caitlin Moran ones?

    In an interview a while back, Poehler recounted a moment on SNL when I think Jimmy Kimmel said to her: “Stop it, I don’t like that” when she was doing something vaguely provocative. You can imagine her response.


    1. I’ve not read Sarah Silverman (not sure I’d like her, is it her memoir good?) but I’ve read Fey, Dunham and Moran – and enjoyed them all.

      I bet her response was amazing, I wish I had been there to see it.


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