Top ten: Amy Poehler's best moments (video)
We picked our favorite funny moments from the comedy icon and current TONY cover star.
Wed Jul 10 2013
Photograph: Dale May
By now you've surely seen our interview with Amy Poehler—and if not, uh, remedy that immediately, okay? We'll wait.
Okay! Now that you've done that, take a look at some of our favorite Poehler moments below. Her lengthy career has produced many an iconic character—including, of course, Leslie Knope—along with memorable cameos and monologues.
1. "I'm just a girl," from Parks and Recreation, season two, episode ten
Leslie Knope, our sarcastic feminist hero. This clip is full of amazing, snarky one-liners, but we're partial to "I thought there was gonna be chocolate," and "this would not have happened if I had a penis!" Because really, what woman hasn't wanted to respond this way to a mansplaining dude at some point in time?
2. The Sarah Palin rap, Saturday Night Live, October 18, 2008
Poehler was nine months pregnant when she delivered this rap, which poked fun at Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin—who was a Weekend Update guest while it was happening. Memorable lines: "All the mavericks in the house put your hands up / all the plumbers in the house pull your pants up" and "My country tis of thee / from my porch I can see / Russia and such."
3. As camp counselor Susie in Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Though Poehler's appearances in this goofy cult-classic are brief, they are memorably bossy—it's almost as if her character, the musical theater-obsessed Susie (who's directing, not producing, the camp's version of Godspell) is a precursor to Leslie Knope. (Also, hello, pre-super-stardom Bradley Cooper!)
4. Golden Globes monologue with Tina Fey, January 13, 2013
If ever there was a friendship that we wanted to somehow steamroll our way into, it's this one. (Not included, but still wonderful: Poehler's reaction later on to Bill Clinton's surprise appearance at the Globes: "That was Hillary Clinton's husband!")
5. Ask Amy: I Love You, Boston, April 18, 2013
Coming mere days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Poehler—a Beantown native—spoke movingly about her "eyes need[ing] a break" from all of the terrible images that were disseminated after the event. She encourages a fan to take a break, and "know what you're ready to see and not see." It's a lesson worth remembering—as are pretty much all of the truth bombs she delivers on Ask Amy.
6. Bronx Beat on Saturday Night Live, January 13, 2007
Really, any Bronx Beat clip is amazing: we love Poehler and Maya Rudolph together as stressed-out Bronx moms who veer delightfully off-topic in every episode. But this one, featuring guest Jake Gyllenhaal, has some of our favorite lines. ("It's like Starship Enterprise over here!")
7. Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton's cold open, Saturday Night Live, September 13, 2008
We like to think that Hillary Clinton really did feel as exasperated and annoyed by Sarah Palin's vice-presidential candidacy as her SNL version, played by Poehler, did.
8. Leslie Knope's best drunk moments on Parks and Recreation
Perhaps including a compliation of Leslie Knope goodies is a bit of a cop-out, but we don't care: no one plays drunk as well as Poehler. (Very best moment: "Pants, pants, pants pants pants," from the drinking contest between Leslie, Ron Swanson's mother, and his ex-wife, Tammy One.)
9. Broad City, "I Heart New York," May 22, 2011
Poehler is on board to produce a Broad City series for Comedy Central, which is pretty amazing. She appeared in this NYC-centric episode of the web series, and frankly, we're jealous that Ilana Glazer got to chest-bump her. For reals.
10. Ben's proposal, Parks and Recreation, season five, episode five
WE'RE NOT CRYING, YOU'RE CRYING. No, that's a lie, this makes us weep every single time we watch it. It's the best proposal scene on a TV show ever.
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