The Amy Poehler hosted web series, Smart Girls at the Party, continues its second season of interviews with “extraordinary individuals who are changing the world by being themselves.” These people happen to be young girls that have hobbies and interests like most people and excel at something other to some extent. It’s as pointless as most talk shows, if we’re being honest, but some people expected a bit more from the Parks and Rec star:
“…Smart Girls at the Party feels less like an expression of Poehler’s spiky humor than one of Leslie Knope’s more-earnest and less-successful projects.”
For everyone that is looking to draw life lessons from little kids on youtube, there are people that see the intention behind the show and applaud its efforts. Truth be told, people are inspired by some weird shit and if Amy Poehler making fun of the talk show format while praising young women does it for you, congratulations, you’re probably a decent human being. I’m just sorry for people like Alyssa Rosenberg that are missing the joke.
Rosenberg calls Poehler’s questions boring and softball. I don’t really know what kind of hard hitting questions she would rather be asked of a twelve-year-old, but okay. The only thing more boring than interview questions are the answers, which I think is what Amy Poehler is trying to prove. What makes these girls any less worthy of being 60 Minutes-style interviewed than any celebrity? They’re both going to be boring as shit.
Smart Girls at the Party is an earnest effort but as is sometimes the case with comedians, it’s hard to do almost anything without making fun of it at the same time. That’s the entire premise behind Chelsea Peretti’s twitter account. It’s the entire premise behind my life. So do I know why this show exists? No. But I don’t understand why most things exist and wish a vast majority of them didn’t. Regardless, it’s here and if you like things that are conceptually funny rather than practically funny, you should watch it. Or if you want to find hope in a store of miniature Leslie Knopes, have at it. But expecting Amy Poehler to ask the tough questions of a pre-teen aspiring writer will not make you a smart girl at any party. Poehler’s message is to “change the world by being yourself.” I’m on board with that even after coming to terms with that fact that being myself means pretty boring and rarely enthused.