Poehler Party!

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Today hasn’t been the best day, but this news totally MML (made my life)…

I just found out that the brilliant AMY POEHLER is set to host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 25 avec musical guest Katy Perry! I could not be more pumped!

Perma-smile!

I’m crossing my fingers and toes that Amy’s hilarious hubby, Will Arnett will make a guest appearance.

[Source: Just Jared]

Smart Girls Have More Fun

I have found yet another reason to love Amy Poehler (as if I needed one…)  Amy, who is currently glowingly preggers with baby number two, runs Smart Girls at the Party, a website dedicated to empowering young women to be themselves and achieve their dreams. She co-produces a weekly web series that highlights girls with “a unique talent, community interest or point of view.” It’s done with a fun, quirky style that’s pure Poehler, and totally accessible to girls.

Poehler, the  “actor, mother, dreamer, list maker, part time lipsyncher and full time goofball” and her two best friends, Meredith Walker and Amy Miles, aim to celebrate young girls who are “changing the world by being themselves.” The idea is to show girls that being smart is cool.

I think the whole concept is aboslutely brilliant and I sure as hell would have LOVED a show like this when I was a kid. I would have wanted to be one of those girls on there talking about my passions, for sure!

Amy told the Huffington Post, “The idea [for the show] came out of us wishing we had a time machine so we could go back to the younger versions of ourselves and let them know it was gonna be okay. We wanted to do a show that we would have wanted to watch at that age. And we knew we wanted to have a dance party at the end. We basically started with the dance party and worked backwards.” (I love this, because I admittedly have a dance party once a day!) Also, look for her hilarious husband, Will Arnett and friends from Parks & Recreation and SNL to pop in for dance party cameos!

Amy, Meredith and Amy represent real female friends and celebrate that stage of life where you write down what you want to be when you get older, before too many people tell you no.

Poehler says of her subjects, “We looked for girls that had passions, girls who felt passionate about stuff, no matter what that was.” Each episode showcases an average “smart girl next door,” with guests such as a young writer, a robot builder, a dancer, a chef and a gardener.

The overall message of the show is:  “Be yourself! And then tell us about it! And then let’s dance!”

With all the negative female images saturating our media these days, let’s just take a moment to say, “Thank you, Amy Poehler!”

If anybody knows how to bring the awesome, it’s Amy P.

Check out the link to an episode of Smart Girls at the Party.

Love, Laughs

Just because I thought this past Thursday night’s show was the best episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to date, I felt it was absolutely necessary to re-post these images here. Click herehere and  here to see what I’m talking about. I like Jimmy’s show the most when he has his friends on, probably because I wish they were all my friends too.

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My Love Letter To Parks and Recreation

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“Amy Poehler is a firecracker. She has an explosive amount of energy and just lights up a room. She is an inspiration to young women to get into comedy. And she can fly.” -Tina Fey

Amy Poehler is my comedy hero. A star player on the team that restored Saturday Night Live to water-cooler dominance in 2008 (even Hillary Clinton adored her Hillary Clinton impression), she left the show, had a baby boy and emerged in 2009 as the star and producer of NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

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Amy’s alter ego on Parks is Leslie Knope, the overly ambitious deputy parks director of fictional Pawnee, Indiana. Leslie is a character who exudes all the qualities Ms. Poehler most loves to play. “She’s naïve and narcissistic, completely deluded and completely out of touch with reality.” Leslie is blessed with a kind of social tone-deafness that turns out to be more professionally useful than you might expect.

Where her co-workers see the parks department as a dead-end job (her boss would prefer to abolish all government and go with a business model like the one they use at Chuck E. Cheese) or an easy gig, Leslie sees it as the steppingstone to a career in national politics.

“Government isn’t just a boy’s club anymore,” she boasts. “Women are everywhere. It’s a good time to be a woman in politics: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, me, Nancy Pelosi.”

“When Obama says, ‘Okay, America, let’s get to work!’ Leslie is the one who responds, ‘Great! I have all these big ideas!’ ” Poehler says. “Government shows are usually about people making huge decisions super quickly—those big walk-and-talk shots down the halls of the White House. We wanted to explore the small ways in which people try to make a difference…and fail.”

I was late to the party on this one,  and had to catch up via DVD but this show is getting funnier with each episode and has really hit its stride now, in my opinion. The focus of the show has slowly changed. Leslie Knope has softened. The limp romance between Mark (Paul Schneider) and Ann (Rashida Jones) moved to the background. The true lunatic weirdness of the show—from Chris Pratt’s pit-dwelling, shoe-shining, Deal Or No Deal-auditioning Andy to Ron Swanson’s (Nick Offerman) love of brown haired ladies and breakfast food—started to emerge. The show has got a deep bench.

Aziz Ansari as Tom,  is always good for a one-liner. His advice to Mark on dealing with Ann’s ex-boyfriend trying to get her back was to take the high road: “I have never taken the high road. But I tell other people to, because then there’s more room for me on the low road.” Aubrey Plaza is my newest comedy girl crush.  Her witty, dry sarcasm absolutely kills me.  Guest stars like LouisCK, Megan Mullally, Fred Armisen and recently, Andy Samberg have added some extra fun to the mix. And of course there’s little Amy Poehler. She has so many colours and she’s funny in all of them. In the acting world it’s called range — in the comedy world it’s called delightful smorgasbord. Amy is funny because she doesn’t care what you think, but she does want to make you laugh. It’s a complicated and important combination.

Parks and Recreation is absurd, hilarious, packed with polished jokes, unexpected turns and boasts real heart.  Simply put, it’s one of the funniest shows on television right now. Start watching. Plus, I’m sure it’ll  be way less annoying when I quote lines from the show if you watch it watch it too.