Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Funny Boner: Amy Poehler


There’s something about Amy Poehler that I really like. Maybe it’s because she’s from Boston (Burlington, to be exact… home of the fanciest mall) or maybe it’s just her “I don’t give a fuck” attitude. But, damn, she’s cool.

This week, I was a comedy nerd and read two oral histories. One was about one of my favorite movies, “Wet Hot American Summer” and the other was for UCB’s 15 years in New York City. Poehler was involved in both of these! So, it’s only right that I put my funny boner in her. Oh my God, what did I just say? Forget that.

Regardless, I always thought she was great on "SNL." She was on during a time where she stood out, but a lot of the ladies were just as great. Her, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey were killing it every week. It was one of those casts that meshed really well together and everyone was good. I think there are currently some funny ladies on SNL now, but Kristen Wiig is the obvious stand-out star.

But, when I saw her in “Wet Hot American Summer” I absolutely fell in love. It was such a small part in a huge cast but she was so funny! She played an authoritative camp counselor who took the art of theater very seriously and didn’t want to put on a shitty talent show. I just love that movie so much, in all its weirdness, and it was the first time I was like, “Oh! Hey! I like her!”

Then I read “Bossypants” and Tina Fey does nothing but say wonderful things about her. I’ve wrote about it before, but there was that chapter about how Jimmy Fallon said she wasn’t cute when she said something gross and Amy got serious and said, “I’m not here to be cute.” She is serious about the business of being funny, and she’s not apologizing for anything she does and it’s great.


Then, there’s the whole video interview where the guy was trying to get her to compete with Tina Fey and she refused to buy into it. And at the Emmy’s, she organized that all the Best Actress nominees would get up and take the stage when their names were called as if it were a beauty pageant. She’s so supportive of other women, and to be honest, not a lot of women are. It’s a competitive business and everyone’s fighting to be the funny lady. It’s a nice reminder, actually.

And, of course, there’s "Parks and Recreation." If you’re not watching it, then you should. I love that show because it’s hilarious, obviously. But it’s really nice to see a lead character who is nice and everybody likes. Michael Scott had his problems and he mostly irked everyone, but everyone loves Leslie Knope and would do anything for her. She’s just a passionate lady who cares about her job, and people respect her for it.

I just really like that she’s sort of changing the game. She’s a leading lady, she’s very funny, she’s friends with people and she can run with the guys. Tina Fey is a super star and Amy Poehler is, too. There’s enough room for both of them in the world! And even more ladies… there doesn’t just have to be ONE ‘it” funny lady at a time. Which is refreshing, because that’s a lot of pressure. And I’m really bad at fighting people for things.

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