The Night Feed
, Posted on 9/16/2013 by
Amy Poehler is the best. It's just a fact: the sky is blue, the Pope is Catholic, and Amy Poehler is just the greatest human being. She's also turning 42 today! So in honor of this great lady's birthday, here are 10 of her greatest moments, illustrating exactly why we love Amy.
1. Andy's Little Sister - Conan O'Brien (1999)
One of the great joys of watching old Conan bits is spotting now-famous UCB performers in the infancy of their careers, paying rent by doing short bits on the show. There are some early shades of her SNL character Kaitlin in this bit, but really, it stands on its own.
2. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Best. Movie. Ever. Bradley Cooper's expressions steal this scene, but really, Poehler is one of the best parts of the whole film. "I feel like I'm watching regional theatre, you guys! God, am I in the Cleveland Playhouse or something?"
3. Mean Girls (2004)
In retrospect, she probably just modeled this performance on Dina Lohan, but whatever. Where would we be, as a society, without the quote "I'm not a regular mom, I'm a cool mom?"
4. Palin/Clinton Cold Open, Saturday Night Live (2008)
Okay, so I actually wanted to put her seminal Palin Rap in this place instead, but it appears to have been scrubbed from the internet. (Fox News conspiracy or music licensing issue? You decide.) That said, her Hillary impression always ruled, and this sketch was called one of the game-changing moments of the '08 election.
5. Amy and Tina Host the Golden Globes (2013)
Remember when Taylor Swift took their jokes about her love life way, way too seriously? Remember how that was a thing? Just goes to show that no matter how likable you are, if you start drama with Amy and Tina, everyone will laugh at you.
6. Leslie Knope Impressions Supercut, Parks and Recreation (2009-2012)
"There is exactly one thing in the entire range of acting Amy Poehler does not do well: impressions. So we make her do them constantly." - Mike Schur
7. Amy Poehler on Daily Grace (2012)
How much blonde lady awesomeness can you handle at once? (Yeah, not jealous of Grace at all. Nope. Not me.)
8. Smart Girls at the Party - Broad City (2012)
If you haven't been watching Smart Girls, Amy's web show created to spotlight awesome chicks doing cool stuff, you should be. Here she is chatting with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobsen, stars of the webseries and upcoming Comedy Central pilot Broad City.
9. Ask Amy - Bodies (2013)
If more celebrities made super intimate YouTube videos of themselves answering questions from insecure fans and giving solid life advice, the world might be a better place. This series is basically brownie batter for the soul.
10. Losing to Seth Meyers at Poker (2004)
One more deep cut for the road. Remember when celebrity poker shows were, like, a thing? Here's a clip from the episode featuring Amy Poehler and her SNL cohort Seth Meyers. I know, whatever. I kind of ran out of readily-available YouTube clips. I find this cool. I hope you do too.
Happy birthday, Poehler! Here's to at least 42 more hilarious years!