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Amy Poehler at Time 100 Gala: If you shook my hand tonight, you may be pulled over for a DUI

04/29/2011 by Olivia Allin

Amy Poehler attended the Times 100 Gala, celebrating the most influential people in the country and promptly took over the event with her simultaneously hilarious and heart-warming toast.

The event took place at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and Poehler was honored with other celebrities, politicians and innovative people. Poehler engaged with the reporters outside of the event, telling them to write "Martha Stewart arrived late, smelling of turkey" in their notebooks, New York Magazine reports.

The magazine referred to Poehler as the "cruise director" of the meeting and everyone agreed that her toast was the best of the evening.

"When Seth Meyers from 'Saturday Night Live' and I hosted this awards show in 2008, I remember thinking it would be really nice if we were to make this list together," Poehler said in her toast. "And tonight, I am happy to say that it is just as sweet making the list without him."

"I have so much influence," Poehler continued. "I am lousy with influence. I am what you call a connector. Bruno Mars is not here, but if he was, he would meet Aziz Ansari tonight, because I would introduce them. Chris Colfer, have you ever met Martha Stewart? Because I can I make that happen. Jonathan Franzen and Patti Smith are sitting at the same table. I know that because I'm on the list. If you shook my hand tonight, you might not want to drive home because you may be pulled over for a DUI."

Not all of the comedian's toast was light-hearted though, Poehler also considered those who have influenced her and gave a shout-out to the two women who help her raise her sons with husband "Arrested Development" actor Will Arnett, Archibald William Emerson Arnett, 2, and Abel James Arnett, who was born in August, 2010.

"I thought who besides Madam Secretary Clinton and Lorne Michaels have influenced me? And it was the women who helped me take care of my children," Poehler told the room. "It is Jackie Johnson from Trinidad and it is Dawa Chodon from Tibet, who come to my house and help me raise my children... Those are people who love your children as much as you do, and who inspire them and influence them and on behalf of every sister and mother and person who stands in your kitchen and helps you love your child, I say thank you and I celebrate you tonight."

Poehler is known as a sketch comic-turned-actress. In the 1990s, she studied and performed with comedy troupes at Second City, Improv Olympics and Upright Citizen's Brigade. She later went on to star in shows such as "Undeclared" and joined "Saturday Night Live" in 2001. She also appeared in the movies "Mean Girls" and "Baby Mama."

In "Parks and Recreation," Poehler stars as Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation department, Leslie Knope. The show, which is currently in its third season, airs on NBC at on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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