Amy Poehler’s speech cracks Harvard graduating class, becomes web-sensation

Amy Poehler’s speech cracks Harvard graduating class, becomes web-sensation

Boston : MA : USA | May 28, 2011 at 1:09 AM PDT
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Amy Poehler’s speech combined with her funny words of wisdom for the Harvard class of 2011 on Wednesday went viral over the internet. Poehler, the actress and highly admired comedian, spoke to the grads at Class Day followed by online searches on the actress up 108,000% in just one day.

Amy Poehler, a graduate of Boston College, which she called "the Harvard of Boston”, had bounty of understandings and life experiences to share with the outgoing graduate class.

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your beers," she started her speech. "I can only assume I am here today because of my subtle and layered work in a timeless classic entitled Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. And for that I say, 'You're welcome.'"

Poehler was noted for her funny words; however, at times in her speech she was serious. She was serious while talking about the 9/11 incident and other "creepy" incidents in her fifteen minute speech.

The actress advised the graduating class on taking acting as their career. She was funny in her advice and told the graduating class not to take acting as their career since there are too many and there is no more room at the inn. “I bet you're great, just work with the human genome," Amy Poehler told the class.

The star also advised her audience to put down the iPhone and make efforts to look at people. She cannot pressurize people to look for answers of their questions in someone else’s face, however, looking at people will reveal astonishing things like if they are angry, sick or sleepy, she said.

The comedian also advised students to be nicer to their parents.

"Would it kill you to be nicer to your parents? They have sacrificed so much for you and all they want is for you to smile and take a picture with your weird cousins. Do that for them. And with less eye-rolling, please. It is time to leave. Oprah has spoken," Poehler said.

The star concluded her speech with some real-world insight. She told the class to hold someone’s hand, look into their eyes and be courageous whenever they feel scared. Repeat these same things, she said, whenever you feel courageous.

Born in 1971, Amy Poehler is an actress and comedian who worked as a cast member on the NBC television’s entertainment show Saturday Night Live for eight years. She starred in the movie ‘Mean Girls’ in 2004.

At present, Poehler is the NBC's comedy Parks and Recreation lead actress. She twice got nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the Primetime Emmy Award.

Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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