Amy Poehler has been a staple of our weekly comedy diet since 2001, when she started on Saturday Night Live. Now she's moved on from the sketches and onto her own show, NBC's steadily-becoming-something-really-great Parks and Recreation. Kind person that she is, she recently took some time from her busy schedule to respond to a dumb email we sent her.
Obviously New York is awesome and not working here anymore must make you cry every day, but is there any one thing you don’t miss about the old Apple?
I miss NY so much, especially this time of year. But I don't miss working at SNL in midtown during the holiday season. There are always lots of drunk executives staggering out of office parties, and surly tourists asking me where they can find "The Rockefeller Tannenbaum."
I saw on Charlie Rose that you’re pretty political. Is there anyone to whom you would publicly yell “You lie!”?
Anyone who goes on TV and disagrees with Judge Judy. You mess with Judy, you mess with me.
In real life, have you ever been to Indiana? If yes, why were you there? If no, why do you hate Indiana?
I think I toured Indiana when I was doing shows for Second City. I have great respect for Indiana, and the fine people of the Midwest. I lived in Chicago for a few years, and there is a certain work ethic found in that part of our country that is distinctly American. Plus, real optimism can be found there. Most people have to be optimistic, to survive those winters.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone going as Amy Poehler for Halloween??>
Wear comfortable shoes, and when in doubt, pretend you're a mean, old witch.
Where is your favorite park? What do you like to do there?
Washington Square Park in New York City. I like to pretend I am a tourist and ask people where the Rockefeller Xmas tree is.
You grew up in the best state in the union, Massachusetts. That’s not really a question though, I guess. So, um, Massachusetts: What do you think about it?
I think Massachusetts is an amazing place to grow up. Filled with real people who are passionate about what they believe in. And if you disagree, then you are a wicked stupid loo-sah!
It’s always interesting to see funny people in serious roles, like Molly Shannon in “Year of the Dog.” Do you have any ambition to do such a thing?
Yes. I loved Molly in that film. It's always nice to do work that is more natural and real. That's why Parks and Rec is a great combo for me. Jokes and pathos. A delicious mix.
My sources tell me that you were in a serious play in college, so you do have some experience! My source, as it turns out, is Bunny Doyle in the Boston College theatre department main office. I, like you, am a proud BC Eagle. For the uninitiated out there, can you please tell us what the phrase “Take it to the Heights” means to you?
Hahaha. I did a lot of experimental theater in college, most of it very serious by default or funny by accident. I think the phrase "Take it to the Heights" means "Drink Your Face Off". At least that is what it meant to most of the kids I went to BC with.
It’d be fun to end with some improv. I’ll start a sentence and, if you’re so inclined, you can finish it. One day I was riding the T to Copley Square and...
...I got into a knife fight with New Kids on The Block.
'Parks and Recreation' airs Thursday nights at 8:30/7:30c on NBC