Perpetually perky blonde Amy Poehler landed herself on The Hollywood Reporter’s “The 40(ish) Most Powerful People in Comedy” list under the category “The Movie Stars”. For her segment, they asked Amy a list of dumb fluff questions; the kind you might find in a dozen different magazines you leaf through while waiting in line at the checkout stand. Amy answered all the questions, but she did it on her terms. It turns out Amy’s turned her smile all the way upside down and is not here for the bullshit, not in #thesetryingtimes.
Here is Amy’s “fun and flirty” turned “furious and fed up” Q&A!
My most memorable heckler… “Who cares? The whole world is on fire.”
Dream product endorsement “A giant whale just died in Thailand after eating 80 plastic bags.”
Guilty pleasure “Let’s not forget over 4,600 people have died in Puerto Rico.”
I’m funny because… “I don’t even know anymore.”
If I didn’t work in comedy… “I would never leave my house.”
College comedy audiences are… “Kids that are afraid they will be shot in their own schools. What has happened to us?”
Sitcom you’d reboot? “Mr. Rogers. I miss him. We need him.”
The funniest thing about the Trump administration is… “Are you kidding me?”
I so love that Amy did this. Because of her sunny persona, the impact of her statements have that much more power. Had noted misanthrope Dave Chapelle (also on the list) given these answers, they might be written off as a joke. But coming from Amy, it’s clear this is no laughing matter. And as much as we need the lighter things in life to keep us sane (like the kind of fuckery we get to on here), brutal honesty and righteous indignation are what’s going see us through. Amy’s over-it-ness is a sharp reminder that this is not normal. Besides, I almost prefer Goth Amy. Goth Amy gets it. I hope she keeps this vibe up, starts chain smoking, and goes on to host America’s Most Disturbing Home Videos.