Review: Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’

November 9, 2014 12:00 PM

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Review: Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’

In her funny new book, Amy Poehler revisits her Sarah Palin rap from 2008. The general election was less than three weeks away. Sarah Palin stopped by Saturday Night Live, and looked on while Tina Fey — whom Poehler calls her “comedy wife” — reprised her spot-on impression of the Republican vice presidential nominee. Then, at the Weekend Update desk, with Palin a few feet away, Poehler rose. She was nine months pregnant and rapping. She mime-shot at a guy in a moose costume and shouted, “Now you’re dead, because I’m an animal and I’m bigger than you.”

One of many small gifts Poehler gives readers of Yes Please is writing about that moment from her perspective, offering a glimpse into being part of something special. Because she knows it was special to be so pregnant, so electric, producing satire so immediate on live television. Or, as she puts i...

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