Amy Poehler was the headliner of the 2019 Clusterfest in San Francisco, California. She appeared twice, first in a conversation with Fred Armisen and then for her headline set at the end of the night. Amy invited some friends to the stage such as Nori Reed, Janine Brito, Paula Pell, Patton Oswalt, and Fred Armisen. Check out photos from the night in our gallery and read highlights from the evening below!
San Francisco’s third Clusterfest got underway late afternoon with Amy Poehler chatting with Fred Armisen in the Bill Graham Civic.Source: San Francisco Examiner
Before a capacity crowd, the two briefly reminsiced about their days on “Saturday Night Live” — and knowing when to leave — as well as musing on myriad topics from Poehler’s costars in her 2019 movie “Wine Country” (“Maya Rudolph seems like a stoner, but she’s not,” “Rachel Dratch would make a very good therapist in real life,” “Ana Gasteyer is a mumbler” and “Paula Pell is fearless”) — to the dubious pursuit of climbing Mount Everest. (“You’re not supposed to.”)
Poehler, 47, said these days, she sees her life as a series of semesters, and that after headlining Clusterfest — The City’s third annual, three-day extravaganza of comedy, music and food in the Civic Center — she’s going to work on her upcoming film adaptation of the young adult novel “Moxie.”
Adamantly, she also offered advice to people who have trouble sleeping: “You’ve gotta get a CPAP machine if you snore,” she said. “It changed my life. I was never getting enough REM sleep.” She said in a scene in “Wine Country,” she used her own personal machine, “just like Bradley Cooper used his own dog in ‘A Star is Born.’”
Typically early to rise and early to bed, she said she was slightly concerned about staying up late for her 10:15 p.m. headlining set.
There’s one important thing Amy Poehler knows about San Francisco: It’s nothing like Boston. The “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks & Recreation” alum, who headlined Friday at the Clusterfest comedy festival in San Francisco, called BS on those who compared her native New England to the Bay Area during her late-night “Amy Poehler and Friends” set at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
After an opening performance by Oakland dance crew Mix’d Ingrdnts, Poehler spent a portion of her set pointing out San Francisco’s many quirks.
“Any kind of woo-woo s—, you guys are doing it (first),” she told the packed room. “Even before Seattle.”
Poehler has visited the San Francisco Bay Area many times. More recently, those trips came in the form of filming “Wine Country” for Netflix, Poehler’s buddy comedy in which a group of women hit Napa to celebrate a friend’s birthday.Source: San Francisco Gate
But long before that, as she told the audience, a funny run-in with an ex’s new flame in San Francisco caused her to deduce this city is one full of “glorious freaks.”
Poehler went on to share the stage with several other female-identifying comics, including Oakland-based Nori Reed, writer (and former Bay Area resident) Janine Brito and Poehler’s “Wine Country” co-star Paula Pell – who, at first, came onstage as “Connie Brelch,” a contest winner from “Tennessee, Illinois” who was forced to spend all day with Poehler.
Poehler’s interludes were mostly unscripted — for a segment, she interviewed Pell and Brito together, who are engaged, about their upcoming wedding plans — until the trio sang a version of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” with lyrics rewritten to address recent anti-abortion laws in America.
Pell’s “A.P. Bio” co-star Patton Oswalt, who headlines the festival Sunday, jumped out with a tambourine and Fred Armisen briefly grabbed a mic to — in a twist — defend the final season of “Game of Thrones.”
Poehler ended the night riffing with Pell by her side, something she’s noted makes for easy entertainment. “We know the time is well spent laughing with each other,” Poehler said last month, “and we are constantly doing what you’re hearing right now, just bits and fun jokes.”