Advice From One Of The Greatest Comedians Around? Yes, Please

Yes Please - Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is a national treasure. She's smart, funny, and seemingly down to Earth. She works towards making the world a better place (notably through her brilliant website Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, check it out here: and is the heart and soul of Parks and Recreation (which to my mind, is one of the best comedy shows we've had in a while). With Yes Please, Poehler now adds the title of "author" to her list of roles, and it is one that suits her well.


This book chronicles a life that is never presented as perfect, but almost always presented as an adventure. Poehler covers sex advice, recreational drug use, the powers of improv, and parenting, all with an openness and honesty that shows she's comfortable with the life she's lived. Though not all of her stories are funny, they are presented with goodwill and humor, much as you'd expect from a comedian of Poehler's talents. Her "advice" is always bordering on the ridiculous, but somehow makes you evaluate whether or not the way you've done things before, is actually the best way to do them.


For those who can't read a book that doesn't have a flowing narrative, this may not be the read for you. Poehler does tend to go off on tangents, and the book is not structured chronologically, in the usual way of autobiographies. The writing is at times disjointed, but the points to be discovered are worth digging for. All in all, this is a fun (and funny) read, that teaches you the power of an answer that is also a question: Yes, Please.