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Amy Poehler devotes a substantial amount of ink in her new memoir Yes Please to telling readers that she "had no business" writing a book in the first place. With a schedule that includes 12-hour days on her sitcom Parks and Recreation, as well as raising two boys under 6, Poehler makes no secret of what a tedious process it was to complete Yes Please. Fortunately, the final product is much easier to consume than it apparently was to produce.

Though it's a breeze of a read, anyone looking for salacious details about the SaturdayNight Live alum — particularly about her divorce from Will Arnett — will be disappointed. While Poehler acknowledges Arnett in relation to their children, their separation is glossed over entirely. "I don't want to talk about my divorce because it is too sad and too personal," she writes. "I also don't like people knowing my s---." (Reports last week detailing the "reveal" of her past drug use also really blew the details included in the book out of proportion.)

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But while there aren't any jaw-dropping revelations per se, Yes Please includes plenty of new information about Poehler that even die-hard fans probably didn't know. Here are the most interesting tidbits we learned about the comedienne:

1. How does she overcome writers block? Poehler says one of the lessons she learned while penning Yes Please was that "writing topless tends to relax me."

2. Did she inadvertently set Fred Armisen and Elisabeth Moss up? Poehler went into labor with her first son, Archie, hours before she was supposed to be on SNL. With Jon Hamm hosting, the cast had planned a Mad Men sketch as part of the night's lineup. AfterPoehler texted the cast and crew to say she'd be MIA for that night's episode, Seth Meyersprepared to do "Weekend Update" alone for the first time — and producers scrambled to find people to stand in for Poehler. "The real Elisabeth Moss came in to play herself, and she met Fred Armisen, who one year later to the day would become her husband," Poehlerwrites.

3. She encourages the underdogs: Fed up with the progress on Yes Please, Poehlerasked her "Weekend Update" partner Seth Meyers to help her out and write a chapter. He writes: "In my time at SNL no one was quicker or more gracious with a laugh than Amy — never more so than at the weekly table read, when it was needed most. When a cast member or writer had a piece bombing to such silence that you could almost hear their pores expelling sweat, you could always count on Amy to give them a laugh. Though to be fair, it was less a laugh and more of a cackle. ... It is, without exaggeration, one of my favorite sounds on earth."

4. Who sent Archie his first birthday card? Poehler famously impersonated Hillary Clinton during the 2008 election — and in return, the future Secretary of State, took time out of her campaign schedule to send Poehler's newborn son Archie a happy birthday message in October 2008. It's signed "Hillary Rodham Clinton* *otherwise known as your mother's double").

5. What's the only SNL sketch she regrets? In her tenure at Saturday Night Live, there's only one sketch that Poehler says she regretted doing — and it led to a five-year feud with Oscar winner Chris Cooper. In the sketch, which aired in March 2008, Poehler playsDakota Fanning and (as Fanning, with a deformed doll as a prop) references her upcoming film Hurricane Mary, "where my sister and I play severely disabled twins." Unbeknownst toPoehler, Hurricane Mary was a real movie written by Cooper's wife Marianne, which told the true story of twin sisters who had been born with cerebral palsy. The Coopers were attached to the movie because their son Jesse was born with special needs and died in 2005. After receiving an angry note from the Coopers, Poehler didn't speak to the couple until she finally apologized in 2013.

6. She once rented Chris Farley's apartment: When she was living in Chicago, Poehlerrented an apartment that was once inhabited by fellow SNL alum Chris Farley. Farley used to occasionally perform with Poehler's comedy group the Upright Citizens Brigade. "He was incredibly nice and painfully sensitive," Poehler remembers. "He would stand backstage and berate himself if he felt he didn't do a good job. It was almost like he couldn't hear how loud everyone was laughing."

7. SNL hosts: Poehler doesn't share any dishy gossip about the various celebrities who've hosted Saturday Night Live over the years, but she does hand out some informal awards of distinction:         

Her favorite host: John Goodman ("because he was nice to me when no one knew my name")

Most hungover "and super nice": Colin Farrell

Prettiest host without makeup: Jessica Simpson

"Sweetest and kindest": Bernie Mac

Best-smelling: Antonio Banderas

8. The item she and Tina Fey swap back and forth: Poehler and her BFF Tina Fey have a special memento that they share. When Fey left SNL, Poehler gave her dog tags that read "Pleasant Tomorrow" (a reference to their signature "Weekend Update" sign-off). "Recently she gave them back to me while I was going through a tough time," Poehlerwrites. "I like to think we will give them back and forth to each other whenever needed."

9. What type of porn does she prefer? "I am a fan of porn," Poehler divulges. "It can be a very nice accompaniment to an evening of self-pleasure. ... I prefer straight porn with occasional threesome scenarios that preferably don't end in facials." Alright then!

10. Who gets a special shout-out? On the final page of Yes Please, Poehler thanks Sharita Fields, who works in the TSA Lost and Found department at Los Angeles Airport. Fields recovered Poehler's laptop (with 50 pages of writing on it) after Poehler left it at security before she boarded a flight to shoot the Season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation.

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