At this past weekend’s BookCon festival in New York City, Amy Poehler discussed her upcoming autobiography Yes Please, revealing some of the basic details of the book.
She confirmed that she will discuss her divorce from Will Arnett, but won’t be getting into specifics. Her reasons are pretty legitimate; Poehler said that “I have a real respect for my ex-husband and the father of my children, and I also don't like people knowing my shit.”
While she’ll be painting details of the divorce in broad strokes, most stories will be quite specific. There are chapters entitled “Get Over It, She Doesn't Cry Enough, He Seems Gay to Me,” “Don't Worry, I Don't Want to Fuck Your Husband,” and “My Phone Is Trying to Kill Me.”
She also told the story of her first time working with now-BFF Jon Hamm, and how he turned a potentially traumatic situation into something quite funny. We’ll let Poehler tell the story:
Jon Hamm was hosting Saturday Night Live, his first time, and I was just getting to know him, and we were doing a sketch, a Mad Men sketch, I was dressed in an old-timey way, in a big dress, and I was huge. And I had, my plan was that I was gonna do the Jon Hamm show and I was due the next day. And it was an example of the beginning of what children do to you, which is they fuck up all your plans. So I remember saying to my doctor, Dr. G, 'I'm gonna do the show and I'll come in Sunday, and maybe we'll do it Sunday/Monday.'
I did the sketch, I was shooting with Hamm on Friday, and I called my doctor 'cause at the end there you kind of have to call in every day, and the receptionist was crying. I said, 'What's wrong?' and she said, 'Oh, he passed away last night.'
I was due the next day. So it's my first kid, I'm in a Mad Men outfit, I turn to everybody and I hysterically start crying, and a really pregnant woman crying is terrifying. So, juicy tears just like squirting out of my eyes. And it was like the punch line to a joke, it's like, my doctor just died and I'm due tomorrow. And Jon Hamm, who I am just getting to know, comes over and puts his hands on my shoulder and is like, 'This is a really important show for me. I'm gonna need you to get your shit together.' And I laughed so hard, I probably peed myself – I believe that going through crying to laughing adds like five years to your life.