Yes Please by Amy Poehler

20910157If Minda Kaling is the girl I want to be best friends with and Tina Fey is the woman I wish I could be, Amy Poehler is my awesome big sister, who will always be cooler than me, but lets me tag along anyway.

I was going to ask for this book for Christmas, but I got this fancy new laptop instead, so last week, I figured I could buy my own damn book and shut up about. This week has been stressful (more than usual where family is concerned), and it has been absolutely lovely to dive into Amy Poehler’s words as a bit of an escape. She’s funny, witty, soulful and a bit more crunchy than I would have expected. There are a lot of things in this book that I don’t get because I’m a not a mother, but it never feels like she’s shoving it down my throat. I especially loved the chapter written by Seth Meyers and her chapter about Parks and Recreation, annotated by Michael Schur.

I expect I’ll be re-reading this book again and again, grasping different little bits of wisdom each time. That’s what big sisters are for anyhow, right?

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SF Sketchfest: Day Four – A Tribute to UCB

After long, but fulfilling day on Saturday, I slept in on Sunday, waking to the sound of pouring rain outside my window. Our brief respite from the winter weather was over and it was back to business as usual for January in San Francisco. I decided to leave later than I had originally planned, which was a good decision, since when I arrived around 2:15p, I was still the first person in line at Cobb’s. Situating my umbrella to protect me from the drizzle, I popped my headphones on and listened to the Nerdist podcast with Ben Folds while I waited. I was cold, wet and more than a little hungry, but I knew that getting my choice of any seat in the house for this show was going to be more than worth it.

It was only about three years ago that I first discovered the Upright Citizens Brigade, thanks to a friend of mine to who took me to Manhattan to see ASSSSCAT3000 for my birthday. We waited in line for the free 9:30 show and Chevy Chase was the guest monologist. I fell in love with UCB, long-form improv and ASSSSCAT. And when I found out that this fantastic company had come from Amy Poehler and her co-hort? Even better!

Last year, I went to ASSSSCAT at SF Sketchfest, where the guest monologist was Joshua Malina. I tried to get tickets to this year’s ASSSSCAT, since Amy Poehler would be participating, but they sold out in about 3 minutes. I snatched up tickets to the tribute show instead and was delighted when it was announced that Andy Ritcher would be the host of the event.

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SF Sketchfest: Day Three: Part Two – Wet Hot American Summer

Each year, SF Sketchfest releases their schedule of three weeks of amazing performances two days before tickets go on sale in December. I’m always in the middle of Christmas shopping and at a low point in my bank account. But there’s always one show that is my #1 pick, no matter how much tickets cost or what I have to do to get them. This year, it was Wet Hot American Summer, The Live Radio Play.

Hottest ticket in town!

This performance featured Michael Ian Black, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter, David Wain from the original cast as well as awesome additional like Colin Hanks, Bobcat Goldthwait, Busy Philipps, David Cross, Bruce McCullough, Andy Ritcher, Samm Levine, John Hodgman, Joshua Malina, Gillian Jacobs and many more less famous (to me) faces. David Wain read the names of all the participants at the end but the cheering was too loud to really hear anything. Luckily, SF Sketchfest posted the entire cast this morning on Facebook, so I now have a nice reference list.

I watched the movie for the first time on Netflix over the last holiday weekend. It had been in my MUST SEE queue, as a Christopher Meloni fan, but having purchased tickets to this show, I knew I needed to see the real thing before watching the stage version. I fell in LOVE with the movie and the live radio play was everything I wanted it to be and more!

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