Amy Poehler has been making us laugh since her days as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Ever since then, she has consistently delivered brilliant and hilarious content both on the big screen and the small screen. She even published a New York Times bestselling book titled Yes, Please! which talks about her dreams and ambitions along with the struggles she faced along the way in order to get to the successful place she is currently in. Poehler has starred in hilarious films such as Mean Girls, Baby Mama, and Sisters, where she never fails to make our sides hurt from laughing so hard. She also went on to star in the hit TV sitcom Parks and Recreation which makes us crack up as much as it causes us to cry our eyes out from all of the feels Pawnee springs upon us.
So without further ado, let’s honor Queen Poehler by revealing her 10 funniest quotes of all time!
10 UTERUSES BEFORE DUDERUSES. OVARIES BEFORE BROVERIES
Can someone please put this quote on a shirt so we can wear it 24/7?
Amy Poehler has always been the master of writing about female friendships and having them come to life in ways we’ve never seen before on the big screen. It’s no wonder she was the executive producer of Broad City, the comedy central series that was fully dedicated to the beauty of female friendships.
This quote lends her support towards women putting their gal pals before anything else in this world. This quote is said by her iconic Parks and Rec character, Leslie Knope. It’s not much of a surprise that Knope would say this considering how her one true love in this universe is her BFF, Ann Perkins.
9 I’M NOT LIKE A REGULAR MOM. I’M A COOL MOM
Probably one of her most classic and repeated lines of all time, this quote is said by Amy Poehler when she plays Regina George’s desperate-to-fit-in mother in Mean Girls. She wants to know ALL the 4-1-1 and the hot gossip because she needs to stay in the loop with all of the drama or else there’s no point in living.
She loves her daughter a lot because she keeps her young, and she’ll even let you drink in the house despite the fact that you’re underage. Her iconic role in Mean Girls satirized parents who care way more about fulfilling a superficial lifestyle than making sure their kids are being properly educated. We will never forget how iconic her tiny role was in this movie, from her juicy couture tracksuit (RIP to those) to her “newly plastic jugs”.
Is My Milkshake Brings all the Boys to the Yard stuck in your head now, too? If not, this probably did the trick! *Sorry.*
8 WE NEED A LITTLE LESS FOREVER 21 AND A LITTLE MORE SUDDENLY 42
Amy says this line during the movie Sisters as she and Tina Fey’s character are going on a shopping spree to pick out clothes for their house party. While Fey’s character plays the carefree party girl who still probably shops at Wet Seal and Claire’s, Poehler’s character is more sophisticated and uptight. It’s hilarious to see the two play characters who are totally opposite from their roles in Baby Mama. In Baby Mama, Fey plays the fussy uptight character while Poehler is the wild free-spirit. It just goes to show how good the two are at acting with their ability to play such versatile roles.
7 THERE’S POWER IN LOOKING SILLY AND NOT CARING THAT YOU DO
This quote applies to everyone, not just comedians. It is so important to live a life where you don’t find yourself holding back due to what society may think of you. The moment you let go and stop caring so much about how you are perceived by others is the moment you become a more improved version of yourself. A version that thrives as a unique individual who does not base their actions upon the rest of the world. It’s standing out that makes you special rather than blending in with the rest of the crowd. No one seems to get this quite like Amy Poehler who will never refrain from her creativity in order to please others. Now that’s powerful, kids.
6 I JUST LOVE BOSSY WOMEN. I COULD BE AROUND THEM ALL DAY
This quote comes as no surprise considering Amy Poehler’s goal-worthy friendship with Tina Fey who wrote the book Bossypants. Who wouldn’t want to be around women who aren’t afraid to be true leaders? The Queen of Comedy is always quick to shed light on hard-working women who aren’t afraid to ask for what they want out of life.
Poehler breaks societal norms on the regular and still manages to easily be one of the smartest people in the comedic field. Not only does she make us laugh, but she also makes us think. In that sense, she deserves all of the praise that she receives and we will therefore always root for this woman.
5 I WISH I WAS AT ARBYS BECAUSE THERE’S BETTER FOOD AND COOLER PEOPLE THERE
This line comes from Poehler’s character in her 2008 comedy Baby Mama alongside her partner in comedic crime, Tina Fey. This hilarious line is so on par with Amy Poehler’s persona as she consistently plays characters who hate all things healthy. In Fey’s character’s house, all she has is healthy foods. Poehler’s character cannot STAND the healthy lifestyle which is seen as well on Parks and Rec as Leslie Knope actively hates on salads and vegetables. Anything other than waffles according to this woman is utter garbage and should not be spoken of. Ever.
4 YOU LIKE FICTION BOOKS? I NEVER MET ANYONE WHO LIKES FICTION! THAT IS TOO FUNNY!
This line comes from Poehler’s character Molly in one of the most underrated movies of all time, They Came Together. Starring alongside Paul Rudd, the entire movie satirizes romantic comedies and addresses them as all following the same ridiculous formula. Poehler’s character plays your typical quirky manic pixie dream girl who works at a cupcake shop and loves fiction books. In this universe, no one else on the planet also loves fiction books other than Paul Rudd’s character. Poehler here delivers her best observational humor to spoof poorly written rom-coms. It is a film that sincerely deserves more loving. Plus, you know it’s going to be comedy gold if Poehler and Rudd are going to be acting side by side.
3 WHAT I HEAR WHEN I’M BEING YELLED AT IS PEOPLE CARING REALLY LOUDLY AT ME
This quote is said by the glorious Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec. It is full proof that she always plays characters who ooze positivity even in negative situations. Poehler is known for putting a positive spin on all the situations she faces and she is able to find appreciation in any feedback, even it comes across as harsh. (Well, unless that feedback is being given by Jerry/Garry/Larry/Terry. In that case, she couldn’t care less.) If someone yells at her, she will manage to regard it as a good thing. According to Knope, it just means that they care so freaking much!
2 ANN, YOU BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL FISH
We all know Knope’s favorite thing in this whole world is Ann Perkins. Perhaps even more than waffles, work, and Ben’s butt. That’s saying something, people. This woman puts her friends first no matter what, especially the beautiful tropical fish better known to the world as Ann. While most people in the parks and rec department tend to give poor Ann a hard time, (we’re looking directly at you, April Ludgate!), it all evens out when you see how much Leslie loves her best friend. We all wish we could have a friend who cherished us as deeply as Leslie cherishes Ann! Once you find that person (or if you’ve already found them) NEVER let them go.
1 I AM SUPER CHILL ALL THE TIME! *SAYS WHILE ANGRILY SCREAMING*
We think it’s fair to say Amy Poehler isn’t exactly “chill” and this is especially true for her character Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec, but this is perhaps why we love her so freaking much. Poehler (and her characters) are never afraid to be unabashedly themselves. Sure, her characters are often flawed, but aren’t we all? It’s human nature, and in that way, Poehler’s characters are not only insanely funny but they are also greatly relatable. We can see ourselves in the women she portrays and it is so important to have female characters in movies and TV who are far from perfect.
What’s your favorite Poehler quote?
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