What it's like to be friends with Amy Poehler

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The greatest thing about being at an event honoring Amy Poehler is, well, a whole lot of Amy Poehler. Pretty much every funny person in New York came out Monday night - including much of the current SNL cast, on a busy week when they're prepping a show for host Scarlett Johansson - to watch Poehler receive the first-ever award for "innovation in comedy" from Gilda's Club of New York City, the organization named in Gilda Radner's honor that provides a community of support to cancer patients and their families. Their objective was to make Poehler laugh and feel as special as she makes them all feel - really, it was an overflowing of sweetness - while fund-raising for a good cause. Vulture hung around to see if we could get a sense of what it's like to be friends with the woman in comedy who seems like she just might be the best friend to have. Ever. Here's what we gleaned.

If you are friends with Amy Poehler ...

She will make you feel like you made the right outfit choice.
Poehler was in the middle of getting her picture taken on the red carpet Monday night, but as soon as she spotted her good friends Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer, she stopped everything to give them hugs. "Hey, guys! I owe you big time." (She was referring to Dratch and Gasteyer being the hosts of the evening. Says Gasteyer: "Of course we both immediately said yes when she asked. She's just a humble, generous soul.") Then Poehler stepped back to look at their outfits: "Oh my God, you look great! We all did such a good job!"

She'll give you your first break.
SNL's Bobby Moynihan says he wouldn't be on SNL if it weren't for Poehler, who hired him as a bartender at Upright Citizens Brigade - the improv theater she co-founded - in late 2000. He started taking improv classes there a few months before Poehler left to do SNL. "Then, eight years later," says Moynihan, "I got SNL six months before she left."

She'll gracefully pass the baton.
Current "Weekend Update" co-host Colin Jost remembers tons of email conversations with Poehler - who'd been on SNL when Jost started as a writer but left before he became an "Update" anchor. Most of the advice centered around how he'd only learn how to do the job by doing it. But the No. 1 lesson Jost learned from working with Poehler was, he says, "Oh my God, just to bring joy to it. As a fan of hers, having started with her, I think that's what I learned about the job in general, was the reason you're at SNL is you want to feel like you're goofing off, you want to feel like you're having fun. That's always what inspired me."

Jost's co-host Michael Che says he feels an encouraging boost whenever Poehler comes by the SNL offices to visit. "That's the cool thing about being on the show," says Che. "It's almost like the high school team when all the star players come back to just watch other people that are playing this time."

She will be a happy participant on that Parks and Rec group text.
Poehler admits she misses her Parks and Recreation gang. "I was just texting with the cast today because we're on a text chain," she says, "and today Nick Offerman just sent us a picture of calzones, and Adam [Scott] was like, 'Those look delicious.' It's a lot of stupid texting that happens, and that's nice. So the stupid texting remains, but yes, I have withdrawal about the people, and I love the people very much."

She'll be an awesome listener.
"Amy is the first person that I always call when I want serious pragmatism and [no] judgment," says Gasteyer, on issues such as: "'Did I look bad with that perm?' to 'Would you think I'm an idiot if I took this kind of job?' I feel like Amy's always the first person I call because she's the one that will say, 'Let's just look at the black and white of it, and break it down as to what's helpful to you and not helpful. And how's this gonna work, without judgment, without me holding you to someone else's standards besides your own.' Amy always loves me for where I'm at."

Dratch agrees: "To me, Amy's like two friends in one, because she's like the super-fun friend when you want to laugh and just be silly, and she's also, like Ana said, the really-good-listening friend, giving-advice friend, taking-your-problems-seriously friend. So she's got like the perfect combo."

Want to be like Poehler? "Keep it light when it needs to stay light," says Gasteyer, "and listen when you need to listen."

She'll make you feel like you're the funniest person in the world.
"One thing about Amy is you can hear that laugh from a mile away," says SNL's Kenan Thompson. "Just that laugh is so contagious, so to hear that in something you wrote is like, 'Oh, she thinks it's funny.' It's pretty obvious. I remember that a lot, hearing it down the hall and down the corner. I was upstairs and I would hear it from downstairs and around a few corners. It's so infectious, and it's a genuine laugh. It just sounds like it's filled with joy."

She will laugh the hardest of anyone when you announce in front of a room of fans and friends that she's not your favorite female SNL cast member ever.
"I actually prefer Victoria Jackson, but I think you're fine," said Billy Eichner, as Poehler laughed outrageously. "I liked her characters! I don't let politics stand in my way of what I like and I don't like in comedy!"

And she'll laugh even harder when you do a routine chastising her for all the terrible tweets she sent from her actually nonexistent Twitter account.
In perhaps the best routine of the night, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner gave Poehler (who doesn't actually have a personal Twitter account) some tough love over an imagined night when she joined social media, got needy and drunk, and went off-brand. Among her offenses: going political and tweeting how #FrackingRules; offering to "Bill Cosby" Zayn Malik from One Direction; and getting a little honest about that endorsement deal. 'It's so funny I do ads for Old Navy because their clothes are affordable and I'm RICH! Biotch!'" read Eichner. "Almost too honest," he said, shaking his head. But the tweet that got the most ire from Klausner and Eichner was simply, "Vaccines cause autism." Poehler basically fell on the floor, she was laughing so hard.

She will make you feel like a classy, sexy lady.
Comedy legend Andrea Martin once wrote Poehler a letter on personalized stationery, which Poehler thanked her for in her acceptance speech. "And you wrote it on both sides," said Poehler, "and I framed it in a clear frame so I could read both sides, and it made me realize two things. One is that you are just as classy as I always imagined you were. And also, I should get stationery." Poehler went on, telling Martin, "I'm such a fan of your body of work. And your body. I haven't seen that tight a package since I opened up a box of weed I mailed to myself today ... and that's kind of the end of my jokes."

She'll treat you like family.
To Gasteyer and Dratch (whom Poehler calls "Drootch"), she said, "You guys are my sisters. So nice and pleasant. It was the most fun working with you at SNL. We had the most fun time, like an illegally fun time. And the thing I'm most proud of is we are in each other's lives still in unique and cool ways, and it just reminds me over and over again that you just never stop making friends. You know, you never get too old to make a wonderful, special friend, and I think there's a lot of people here tonight who are involved in Gilda's Club who realize that. Right?"

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Amy Poehler attends the Hulu Original "Difficult People" premiere at the SVA Theater on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: (L-R) Actors Amy Poehler, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner attend the 'Difficult People' New York Premiere at the School of Visual Arts Theater on July 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler attend the premiere of Netflix's new original series, "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp", at the SVA Theater on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 226 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress/comedian Amy Poehler, host Seth Meyers during 'Really, with Seth & Amy' segment during on June 24, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Amy Poehler arrives at the Australian premiere of 'Inside Out' at Event Cinemas George Street on June 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: (L-R) Actresses Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph attend the 2015 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute Honoring Steve Martin at the Dolby Theatre on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. 25292_004 (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Turner Image)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: (L-R) Actors Amy Poehler, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey attend the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala honoring Steve Martin at Dolby Theatre on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Actress and Executive Producer of Hulu Original Difficult People, Amy Poehler speaks onstage at the 2015 Hulu Upfront Presentation at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Hulu)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 15: Actress Amy Poehler attends the premiere of 'Adult Beginners' at ArcLight Hollywood on April 15, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Dr. Jane Aronson (L) presents the Unity Award to honoree Amy Poehler onstage at the 2nd Annual unite4:humanity presented by ALCATEL ONETOUCH at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Variety)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0169 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Seth Meyers talks with Amy Poehler of 'Parks and Recreation' during an interview on February 24, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler speak onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: (L-R) Actress Jennifer Lawrence, actress Amy Poehler and honoree Elizabeth Banks attend ELLE's 21st Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for ELLE)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Amy Poehler arrives at the 2014 ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Will Arnett and Amy Poehler attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF14/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Amy Poehler attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 12: Amy Poehler and Will Arnett attend the Toronto East General Hospital's First Annual Comedy Gala, 'Laughter Is The Best Medicine' at Allstream Centre on April 12, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Amy Poehler Will Arnett attend the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 7, 2012, celebrating the opening of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Amy Poehler (L) and host Seth Meyers speak onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actress Amy Poehler attends the 'They Came Together' screening during theBAMcinemaFest 2014 at BAM Harvey Theater on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actors Will Arnett and Amy Poehler arrive at the 13th Annual Warner Bros. and InStyle Golden Globe After Party held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actors Amy Poehler and Will Arnett arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actors/comedians Will Arnett (L) and Amy Poehler (R) arrive at Variety's Power of Comedy presented by The Sims 3 benefiting The Noreen Fraser Foundation at Hollywood Palladium on November 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor/comedians Will Arnett and Amy Poehler pose backstage at Variety's Power of Comedy Presented By The Sims 3 Benefiting The Noreen Fraser Foundation at Hollywood Palladium on November 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Amy Poehler arrives for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on October 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actresses Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham and Lizzy Caplan arrive to the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Jason Kempin/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Will Arnett and Amy Poehler attend the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey arrives at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Amy Poehler attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler filming 'The Nest' on July 8, 2014 in Long Island. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Actors Amy Poehler (L) and Will Arnett attend The Comedy Awards 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Amy Poehler attends the 'They Came Together' screening during theBAMcinemaFest 2014 at BAM Harvey Theater on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- The NBC Emmy Party -- Pictured: (l-r) Aubrey Plaza, 'Parks and Recreation', Rashida Jones, 'A to Z', Amy Poehler, 'Parks and Recreation', Minnie Driver, 'About a Boy' at Boa Steakhouse, West Hollywood, Calif., August 24, 2014 -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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