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3/23/2009 12:01:00 PM
Amy Poehler Makes Me Laugh
Look! Amy Poehler knows Justin Timberlake!
Look! Amy Poehler knows Justin Timberlake!
Amy Poehler makes me laugh.

Poehler is an actress and Emmy-nominated comedian perhaps best-known for her work as a cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" where she performed brilliantly and hilariously in sketch comedy routines, as well as, the co-anchor of "Weekend Update" with Tina Fey.

Poehler made me laugh as a member of the "Upright Citizens Brigade", a half-hour TV show on Comedy Central that lasted for two or three seasons in the late nineties. She has also appeared in a slew of movies.

Now Poehler has her own NBC sitcom titled "Parks and Recreation". The new show debuts Thursday, April 9. Poehler stars as Parks and Recreation Deputy Director, Leslie Knope.

I'm touting the show for two reasons.

First, if you share my sense of humor, you will more than likely appreciate Amy Poehler.

Second, the new television show is based in the fictional town of "Pawnee, Indiana", located 90 miles from Indianapolis, and offers a comedic take on how government works in an American town.

To get an idea of what you can expect from the new sitcom, visit the show's fake website at where you'll learn many interesting facts about Indiana's seventh-largest "fictional city" which may be based in part on Lafayette, Indiana.

Following is an Associated Press report from the Lafayette Journal & Courier:

Associated Press - 3:27 PM CDT, March 21, 2009


"Saturday Night Live" alum Amy Poehler's new NBC television show takes place in a fictional place called Pawnee, Ind., but to some people it might look a bit like Lafayette.

That's because the crew for "Parks and Recreation" did some of its research with the Lafayette Parks Department, the Journal & Courier reports.

"Pawnee is based on a city the size of Lafayette. That's why they called us," said Lindsey E. Huffman, marketing manager for Lafayette Parks and Recreation. "They wanted pictures of our desks and vehicles."

Huffman said the show also had contacted other Indiana parks departments.

"Parks and Recreation" has a spoof Web site that says it's 90 miles from Indianapolis and is the state's seventh-largest city.

Lafayette actually is about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis and is the state's 11th largest city based on population.

The Web site's background also includes a spoof on the Indiana state seal that features a pioneer, musket in hand, standing over a dead buffalo while trees are cut down in the background.

Huffman said the show's props department contacted Lafayette parks in January and he mailed brochures of parks, golf courses and community centers to the show. Lafayette Parks Superintendent Ted Bumbleburg also sent anecdotes about some of his employees -- like the one who also is a professional wrestler.

"We did whatever we could to help," Bumbleburg said.

The new series offers a comedic take on how government works in an American town in a mockumentary style similar to "The Office." Poehler portrays city parks deputy director Leslie Knope.

The show debuts April 9.

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