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Amy Poehler Shares Stories, Advice on Book Tour

Amy Poehler shares hilarious stories, advice on book tour

In case you missed it, Amy Poehler's hilarious new memoir "Yes Please" finally hit bookshelves October 28. As part of the promotional tour surrounding the highly anticipated book, Poehler has been doing a lot of press—which is great news for pretty much everyone, since more Amy Poehler is certainly never a bad thing.

And true to form, Poehler isn't letting her promotional tour get the least bit stale. Oh, no. With a fun stop by pal Seth Meyer's "Late Night" show, an advice-laden Reddit AMA, and hilarious interview after hilarious interview, everyone's favorite funny lady has managed to turn her book tour into a parade of awesome.

Last week on "Late Night," Poehler kicked things off by sharing the epic tale of the birth of her first son, Archie. Now, if you think your life was chaotic in the days leading up to your delivery, how about scheduling a "Saturday Night Live" show the day before your due date, and learning that same day that your ob-gyn had passed away?

Somehow, Poehler managed to make the whole event sound hilarious, which it kind of was, thanks to the fact that she was surrounded by the very funny Jon Hamm and her "SNL" co-stars.

Poehler also chatted with Meyers on October 28 at New York's 92nd Street Y, where she spilled more behind-the-scenes stories, touted her book and talked about happiness.

Unfortunately, the livestream of the event is now closed, but one diligent audience member did manage to post a two-minute clip on YouTube.

During the interview, the pair also talked about Amy's "SNL" highlights, of which Meyers considered that Sarah Palin/Weekend Update rap to be Amy's finest moment.

"I was on the show for twelve and a half years, and there were maybe 10 times where you thought you fucking nailed it," Meyers said. "That you wished no part of it had gone different. It's like when baseball players hit the ball and flip the bat because they know it's going out of the park."

"I was an animal," Poehler said of her gangsta-rap. "It's really fun to be that pregnant because you freak everybody out." (Because you know you want to, here's a link to the original skit. Six years later, it's still the funniest thing ever.)

On October 29, Poehler switched gears from telling stories to giving advice and lending an ear, when she showed up on Reddit for an awesome AMAA. And man, did she deliver.

Some sample Q&As:

Reddit Question: How do I avoid becoming depressed after 'Parks and Recreation' is over?

Amy Poehler: Get some sunlight, go for a brisk walk, take your Vitamin D, call a friend, make sure you change out of your pajamas at some point in the day

Q: What is the most rewarding piece of advice you have been given during your life?

AP: Um, hmm. Well, that’s a good one. Maybe, "Pay attention to what people do, not what they say.”

Q: What advice would you give to a lovely girl who also happens to be a huge fan and is turning 18 today (aka me)??

AP: Oh! Happy 18th birthday! Exercise your right to vote! Whenever you feel drunk, stop, because 18-year-olds have a hard time figuring out how much they can drink. Be with a good friend who can make sure you get home safe, and try one new thing on your birthday every year.

And then there was this one exchange, which was just beautiful:

Q: I feel stupid writing this, but here we go. I’m at work so I had to sneak into the bathroom to write this. It isn’t really a question, I guess, but I had to reach out someway (and as far as I know you don’t use any social media). I had to say thank you. I was very depressed this past winter. Stuck in a small town full of idiots, no idea where I wanted my life to go and more than anything just feeling alone and like a failure. Then I discovered 'Parks and Rec.' You, the the cast and writers, fully turned my year around—maybe my life. I still live in this crummy town, and I still feel lonely sometimes, but I don’t feel hopeless. I value what I have and have learned to look for opportunity and take chances. The laughs and tears (not just from the laughing, corny enough as that is to admit) have had a profound effect on me and I couldn’t be more thankful. I wish the show could go on for forever, but it can’t so I’ll instead fill that void by introducing friends to what I view as the greatest TV comedy ever. And just since this is an AMA, I’ll just ask what your favorite kind of waffles are?

AP: OK, who cares about waffles? What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing that with me. That was really nice, and you sound like the kind of person that will find a lot of love and happiness in your life. Because you’re not afraid to be vulnerable, and you’ve gotten stronger in tough times. I love the image of you huddled in the bathroom. We’ve all been there. I can’t wait to see—I wish I could see what happens in the next 10 years. I can tell you’re a special person with lots of good things ahead. Also: blueberry.

Luckily, there's a whole lot more where that came from. Go get your hands on Amy's book "Yes Please," available everywhere.

Photos via YouTube.

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