Co­me­dian re­veals tid­bits from up­com­ing mem­oir on­line

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

AMY Poehler is shar­ing sev­eral juicy se­crets about her per­sonal life ahead of the re­lease of her mem­oir Yes Please. In ex­cerpts that sur­faced via RadarOn­line, the Parks & Recre­ation star has de­tailed her pre­vi­ous drug use and her feel­ings about di­vorc­ing fun­ny­man Will Ar­nett. The mother of two, who is of­ten found ha­rangu­ing be­side her Satur­day Night Live com­pa­triot Tina Fey, re­vealed that she was a drug user in her 20s, dab­bling in co­caine and ec­stasy. “I tried co­caine, which I in­stantly loved but even­tu­ally hated,” the 43-year-old wrote in a chap­ter ti­tled “Oblig­a­tory Drug Sto­ries.” “Co­caine is ter­rific if you want to hang out with peo­ple you don’t know very well and play ping-pong all night. It’s bad for almost ev­ery­thing else... the day after co­caine is rough.” The Golden Globe-win­ning co­me­dian also said she used Molly, a more po­tent form of Ec­stasy, and re­called the com­edy troupe Up­right Cit­i­zens Bri­gade’s New Year’s Eve party. “We all danced and drank wa­ter and loved each other,” she wrote. “I also re­mem­ber the next day when I thought I had no friends and I was so sad I wanted to sink into the car­pet and per­ma­nently live there.” It’s those “day-af­ters” that got her to cut back, be­cause those hang­overs just didn’t cut it with her sons Archie, nearly 6, and Abel, 4. “The next day is the thing I can’t pull off any­more,” Poehler said. “How do you ex­plain to a four- and six-yearold that you can’t play Res­cue Bots be­cause you have to spend all day in bed eat­ing Cape Cod potato chips and watch­ing The Bi­cy­cle Thief?” The ac­tress, who is dat­ing her Parks & Recre­ation co-star Nick Kroll, also opens up about her di­vorce from Ar­nett. The pair an­nounced their sep­a­ra­tion after nine years of mar­riage in Septem­ber 2012 and the Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment star filed for di­vorce last April. “Get­ting a di­vorce re­ally sucks,” the ac­tress wrote in her mem­oir (also via RadarOn­line), adding that the split was “too sad” and “too per­sonal” to dis­cuss in de­tail. “Imag­ine spread­ing ev­ery­thing you care about on a blan­ket and then toss­ing the whole thing up in the air,” she con­tin­ued. “The process of di­vorce is about load­ing that blan­ket, throw­ing it up, watch­ing it all spin, and wor­ry­ing what stuff will break when it lands.” Yes Please will be re­leased on Oct. 28.

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