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Yes Please [Read] ➲ Yes Please By Amy Poehler – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book Yes Please she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice some useful In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book Yes Please she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice some useful some not so much like when to be funny and when to be serious Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious biting yet wise voice Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.

  • Hardcover
  • 329 pages
  • Yes Please
  • Amy Poehler
  • English
  • 01 August 2016
  • 9780062268341

About the Author: Amy Poehler

Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress comedian voice artist producer and writer Raised in Burlington Massachusetts she graduated from Boston College in and moved to Chicago Illinois to study improv at The Second City and ImprovOlympic In she moved to New York City after becoming part of the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade which later developed into.



10 thoughts on “Yes Please

  1. Madeline Madeline says:

    This is not a comedy book I mean it's funny Amy Poehler can't write a book and not be funny because she's Amy fuckin' Poehler But and this is not the first time I'm going to compare the two memoirs where Tina Fey's Bossypants contained humorous essays written specifically for the purpose of being funny Poehler's does not Everything is presented in a straightforward matter of fact fashion and although a lot of the book is very very funny it never seems like this was the specific goal behind the essays This is also not a book about comedy Although Amy Poehler discusses her time on improv groups in Chicago and New York Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation she never gets in depth than then we moved to New York and started working at this theater Her time on SNL is reduced to a chapter of brief but fantastic anecdotes Amy Poehler is renowned for her ability to play vastly different characters somewhere on the internet is a photo gallery of all her Second City characters but she never discusses what goes into each character The closest we get is this description of her preparing her Hillary Clinton imitation and finally getting a bead on the character by playing her as someone who is tired of always being the smartest person in the room Okay so it's not a comedy book and it's not a book about comedy and it's really not even much of a memoir Poehler does not discuss her divorce because it is too sad and too personal I also don't like people knowing my shit So what exactly is Yes Please?It feels weird to classify this book as a self help book But that's what I got out of it Maybe your experience with Poehler's book will be different but as I was reading it the parts that left the greatest impressions on me are the ones where she is demonstrating how to be a good person The title itself references this Poehler spends some time discussing how the improv rule of always replying with yes and is also a good rule for life and how she tacks please onto that because Amy Poehler is truly genuinely wonderfully nice and that's always refreshing But lest you think she's some kind of pushover rest assured that Amy Poehler is also a badass who gets what she wants and if you pay attention she can teach you how to do thatWhen someone is being rude abusing their power or not respecting you just call them out in a really obvious way Say 'I can't understand why you are being rude because you are the concierge and this is the part of the evening where the concierge helps me' Act like they are an actor who has forgotten what part they are playing It brings the attention back to them and gives you a minute to calm down so you don't do something silly like burst into tears or break their stupid fucking glassesShe also teaches you how to be good at what you do in a very good essay called Treat Your Career Like a Bad BoyfriendNow before I extend this metaphor let me make a distinction between career and creativity Creativity is connected to your passion that light inside you that drives you That joy that comes when you do something you love That small voice that tells you 'I like this Do this again You are good at it Keep going' That is the juicy stuff that lubricates our lives and helps us feel less alone in the world Your creativity is not a bad boyfriendYou have to care about your work but not about the result You have to care about how good you are and how good you feel but not about how good people think you are or how good people think you lookI don't want to imply that this is all heavy here's how to be a successful person stuff There's lightness in this book and like I said it's funny and fluffy but there's a solid gold center deep within this seemingly light read that makes it stand out from other comedy memoirs I've read I treated this book as a manual on how to become Amy Poehler and there are worse things we could be Have I mentioned that Amy Poehler is nice? She's so nice She does the same thing Tina Fey did in her book where she lists a lot of the people who work on her TV show with her and it's basically an excuse for her to gush over how much she likes the people she works with she calls Aubrey Plaze a big hearted warrior She spends a long chapter talking about her sons and how much she loves them Tiny Fey's book featured a chapter called We Don't Care if You Like It One in a Series of Love Letters to Amy Poehler Amy Poehler's book returns the favor by including an acrostic poem about Tina Fey which might seem disingenuous but it's clear on every page how much these two great people love each otherSometimes Tina is like a very talented bungee jumping expert All it takes is for Tina to softly say 'We can do this right?' and I suddenly feel like I can jump off a bridgeI don't know how you guys reacted to that line but when I read it I had to put the book down and immediately send a text to my best friend telling her I loved her That's the effect Amy Poehler's book had on me it taught me how to do what I wanted how to feel good about myself how to deal with whatever terrible things life throws at you and it reminded me to be kind And it's pretty fucking funny so there's that

  2. Emily Emily says:

    YES REALLY I almost gave this two stars except it includes George Clooney and that would be a crime This book is fine It didn't charm me It actually took me about three or four days to read 288 pages which is funny because a lot of those pages don't include any actual words she's got a ton of photocopies and inspirational signs intermixed with the text It just wasn't as fun to read as I anticipated The problem is that she spends most of the book talking about how hard it is to write a book or how she struggles with her self perception or how she doesn’t like people knowing her business Incidentally I think self perception is an extremely valuable topic for women and teenagers but perhaps not what I was interested in reading when I picked this up Sometimes she’s able to turn the “I don’t actually want to tell you anything about myself” into a pretty funny chapter like when she writes out the descriptions of divorce self help books she’d like to write Spoiler alert she doesn’t want to talk about her relationship with Will Arnett at all which is certainly her rightBut this means that she skips over many of the periods of her life that I was most interested in like the founding of UCB and her subseuent success She goes through a lot of “Then we got a bigger theater and then a bigger one and then I was hired at SNL For most of the book I felt like she was skipping over the truly interesting side stories There are some anecdotes from SNL and Parks and Rec but there are surprisingly few given how much time she's spent on both showsThen again back to George Clooneyview spoiler On the day of the awards I simply asked George Clooney’s people to check and make sure George was okay with my sitting next to him at some point during the broadcast “Of course” said George’s people after not asking him I knew enough not to ask them to check with George and see if it was okay to sit on his lap This was a reuest better saved for the last minute and in person Or better yet when the time came I would just sit on his lap without even asking As the old saying goes “Don’t ask for permission to sit on George Clooney’s lap beg for forgiveness once you do”So I sat on George’s lap and ever the pro George asked me what kind of bit I was cooking up I told him when they cut to me in the audience after announcing my nomination for best comedy actress I was going to act totally engrossed in talking to him I told him I thought it would be funny if we were just flirting and laughing He understood immediately and handed me a glass of champagne I told him if I won there was a very good chance I would kiss him hard on the mouth He responded “That’s not a bad Sunday” As the camera cut to me he whispered in my ear “The thing about making movies is ” hide spoiler

  3. Jason Jason says:

    It breaks my heart to give this book one starI love Amy Poehler In fact I love every member of that early two thousands the decade not the century female Saturday Night Live cast ensemble Poehler Fey Rudolph Dratch I often mentally include Kristen Wiig in the mix too because she’s fantastic but she was sort of late to the party having joined SNL a year before Dratch and Fey leftBut as I was saying I think highly of Poehler I enjoy her comedy her intelligence her personality overall But I didn’t like this bookTo me Yes Please reads like a scatterbrained diary than the well crafted memoir I had been hoping for Very little of the book seems to have been composed with any forethought; it’s as though Poehler were performing improv in “lit” form Except while she may be a master of the art on a stage her improvisational talent doesn’t really migrate to the written page Her stories meander along without any real segue between them each having a very “oh and by the way” aspect to it Maybe it was meant to be random and incoherent but it just didn’t work for me At one point in the book Poehler mentions her addiction to self googling so in many ways I am hoping she doesn’t stumble across this review because I’d hate to imagine her feelings being hurt by it so maybe it’s best that no one votes for itIn other words do what you guys normally do

  4. Sarah Hyatt Sarah Hyatt says:

    No thank youI was supposed to love this book and as I always do when I find myself super disappointed I looked back through other reviews to see if I was alone I don't think I am alone but no one is expressing my disappointment uite how I need it to be expressed so I get to do that myself this time aroundI just kept waiting and waiting and waiting The moment it was going to get good and awesome had to be right around the corner Soon I would get past all the filler and all the fluff and dig into the heart of the book It would be so great I was so excitedAnd then I realized I had under fifty pages leftIn the book I waded throughA lot of celebrity name droppingI never figured out if it was supposed to be ironic sarcastic cute I'm not sure There is no way to do this that isn't obnoxious Even with a disclaimer about it being obnoxious it is still obnoxious If you genuinely really need to tell a story about your friend who happens to be a famous celebrity person and they are really a part of the story by all means please tell it But if there is no story or one that is only half told or glossed over There is no point A lot of filler Her parents wrote parts of it And then some other dude wrote part of it And then there was a chapter of footnotes as a joke which was super funny back in 1990 something but which really just take up space and make reading difficult Lists Copy pasted emails There was a lot of writing about writing a book Hey Amy? JUST DO THE THINGA lot of confusion Stories started and stopped Kindergarten mid twenties what? Are we going back to kindergarten? Did I miss something? Is that thread going to be picked up again? How does this connect? TRANSITION SENTENCES WOULD HELPA lot of trying to be funny and not being funny Which is weird because I think Amy is a very funny person But the book comes off as cloying it's too much THIS IS FUNNY and not enough content It feels like trying and also not trying at the same time Maybe this book is better than I thought because that really is a momentous feat Maybe it just didn't translate well to print I don't know The highlight of the book for me was the mention of Gavin de Becker's The Gift of Fear Because that book is fantastic and true I like that Amy pointed out exactly why it is awesome and why the situation with the producer was uncomfortable she said no he kept asking De Becker has helped me to identify these little things that feel off to me and allowed me to pinpoint why so I appreciate this type of thing But now I'm reviewing The Gift of Fear instead of this book And if that's my main takeaway something is wrong

  5. Federico DN Federico DN says:

    AudiobookA little non chronological memoir by famous comedian Amy Poehler A bit of everything childhood parents improv beginnings pregnancy motherhood divorce sex drugs pudding career Tina womanhood time travel the Biz Parks and Recreation SNL SNL and lastly little bits of SNL sprinkled into every other topic that you may think is not related to SNL but somehow isI start to think memoirs are not my thing didn't care much for Poehler's Fey's or Barry's I've found them somewhat interesting yet not really enjoyable I've never watched SNL I know it's there I know it's cool I know I should watch it but it doesn't really air over here so Anyway I'm positive this would totally hit it with any SNL fan Amy Poehler is one badass dudess you can tell even if it is your first time hearing her and she's probably gonna make you smile or laugh in many chapters specially if you are fond of herUntil next time Una peueña no cronológica memoria de la famosa comediante Amy Poehler Un poco de todo infancia padres comienzos en improvisación embarazo maternidad divorcio sexo drogas bizcochos carrera feminidad Tina viaje en el tiempo Parks and Recreation SNL más SNL y por último pedacitos de SNL esparcidos en cualuier otro tema ue uno pensaría no está relacionado con SNL pero ue de alguna forma estáEmpiezo a pensar ue las memorias no son lo mío no me pareció mucho ni la de Poehler Fey o Barry Las encontré algo interesantes pero no realmente disfrutables Nunca vi SNL Sé ue está ahí sé ue es copado sé ue debería mirarlo pero no es ue lo pasen por acá En fin estoy seguro ue esto resultaría genial para cualuier fan de SNL Amy Poehler es una tipa fantástica lo podés ver inclusive escuchándola por primera vez y probablemente te hará sonreir o reir en muchos capítulos especialmente si es ue te agradaHasta la próxima

  6. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at Good Christ – just obtaining a library copy of this f^%g book was like going on an adventure After my third trek down to the local bibliotheca I finally had success Look at the happyYou’re probably asking yourself “if she’s such a Poehler fangirl why didn’t she just go to the BN and grab herself a copy????” Well you see I am cheap Yes Please also wasn’t getting real stellar ratings and reviews so I decided to err on the side of caution Turns out reading a synopsis can be really helpful sometimes You see the blip pretty much lays it right out there that this is a book containing “real life advice” and “words to live by” If you’re expecting another Bossy Pants or Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? you aren’t going to find it here Yeah I know Here’s some helpful advice from Amy herself It took me a loooooooonnnnnnng time like half the book to wrap my brain around the fact that the belly laughs were going to be few and far between but once I did I was able to enjoy Yes Please for what it was a book of the dos and don’tssuccesses and failures that made Amy Poehler who she is today If you’re a young puppy whose experiences in the world of Poehler revolve around maybe seeing a couple of Weekend Update reruns or watching the Golden Globes you’re probably going to be super disappointed in this book and uickly realize this about Amy Poehler On the other hand if you are a crazy fangirl who has followed her career since waaaay back in the days of the Upright Citizens Brigade and her break into fame in the comedy classic “Deuce Bigalow Male Gigalow” see firstgif above like me you’re still gonna like itAmy Poehler has been one of my imaginary BFFs for over 15 years now She’s made me laugh ‘til I cried times than I can count and brought constant funny to her term on SNL She was she a breakout star from her first appearance and continued to deliver until her final episode After which she left to make “Parks and Recreation” – a show I feel will go down in the history books as one of the best of all timeAmy Poehler is who I want to be when I grow up Not only has she performed in some of the funniest skits on television she writes about this one in the book and just thinking about it made me almost wet myselfNot only does she have the BEST friends in the universe Tina Fey and Seth Meyers in case you live under a bridge somewhere and not only has she totally humped Justin Timberlake on stage but she has proved time and again that She offers simple yet awesome advice in Yes Please Stuff like “The talking about the thing isn’t the thing The doing of the thing is the thing” She reminds us all that in order to achieve success hard work should be expected but also realizes how lucky she was to be one of the people whose career and passion were one and the same For the rest of us who aren’t so lucky Poehler encourages us to keep listening to that little voice inside ourselves that says “I like this Do this again You are good at it” Yes Please was one giant love cookie so I'm giving it 4 Stars while realizing it would than likely receive 2 Stars max were it not written by Amy Poehler For those of you who end up not liking it I think Amy would probably say But if you do happen to find yourself than a little disappointed in your feelings about Yes Please might I recommend to drown your sorrows Leslie Knope style And if that doesn’t work the surefire cure for any ailment is MORE COWBELL

  7. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    This was pretty good 😄I have the paperback but I listened to it on audio She read the book herself and I love that You get all of the true feelings when they read their own work I loved looking at all of the pictures in the book as well My copy is a small paperback and it has those soft glossy pages that you love to snif 😄 And all bookaholics know what I mean I actually sat down my phone to sniff the book again while reviewing 😂The book is set up in different sections as well I have to admit I have ne we watched Parks and Recreation but I did add it to my Netflix to see if I would like it There is this part in the book where she is talking about back in the day I was like OMG I should get out my old pics 😂 The eighties were a strange time for teenage fashion We wore silk blouses and shoulder pads neon earrings and jodhpur pants Come to think of it our pants were especially weird We also wore stirrup pants parachute pants and velvet knickers It was a real experimental pant time We curled our hair and sprayed it until it was crunchy and high We wore jewel tones and too much makeup With the exception of a few naturally beautiful girls who knew how to balance all of these elements we looked ridiculous Overall I enjoyed the book Mel ❤️

  8. Caz (littlebookowl) Caz (littlebookowl) says:

    Inspired me to continue on watching Parks RecVery much enjoyed this and I loved how Amy brought in others to help voice some sections of the book

  9. Lindsey Rey Lindsey Rey says:

    HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE AUDIOBOOK Amy Poehler is so genuine and awesome On the audiobook she has special guests a live audience for the final chapter lots of random conversation and all sorts of extra awesomness LOVED THIS D

  10. Felicia Felicia says:

    Whelp look for a flood of reviews coming in cleaning out my bedroomoffice before I go on the road for book tour That also includes a lot of autobiographies I read as researchpleasure in the last year preparing and writing my book that I need to add to GoodreadsI had to cut myself off from reading books in this category actually because I started getting intimidated and comparing my structurewriting to other peoples' autobiography structurewriting which only served to paralyze me and make me play video games instead of getting my own draft done So I binged a lot of books the last few months in this category because my book is done and almost out and I can now lift the comparison stuff from my thoughts Er KindaAmy Poehler is a goddess to me and since her company and my company are both owned by Legendary and we're in the same building i always have this faint hope I'll see her and bump into her somewhere and be able to say Hey my company is near your company we're company buddies It hasn't happened So this book is my conduit to her and it is a pretty great one Her life is amazing and especially her love of improv is something I share so reading about how she built UCB with such a cool community was inspiring How she's stuck to her guns a lot how she got help in the writing because things were so crazy with friends doing guest chapters and stuff I loved the variety and the pictures although the one thing I will say that's negative is this book is HEAVY It's printed on like 1000lb paper so if an intruder enters your home look to this as a defense weapon Anyway if you are interested in Amy then this is a book worth getting Also Her hair is entirely on point in the cover Jelly

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