10 Questions for Amy Poehler

The SNL alum stars in the new TV comedy Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler will now take your questions

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Amy Poehler

Who was the most difficult to impersonate during your time on Saturday Night Live? Zachary Houp FLEETWOOD, PA.

I'm not very good at impressions. If it was superdifficult, it was probably not done by me. One time I had to play Julia Roberts, and I do not look like Julia Roberts. I wish I did. I didn't really have a take on her. There really wasn't much to do. I think I just laughed a lot. I apologize, Julia.

Should there be term limits for SNL cast members? Andrew Smith CALGARY, ALTA.

I wouldn't put limits on anyone's experience. Everybody has their own subjective journey on that show, so everyone has to decide when is the time to come and stay and go. Lorne Michaels is an incredibly loyal and supportive producer. It's a pretty hard job to leave.

How hard was it to transition from SNL to your new show? Megan Butterworth SANDPOINT, IDAHO

It was a great problem to have. I had spent 7½ seasons on SNL and was really looking forward to trying something new. I was lucky to be able to have such a great thing to go to.

Will fans of The Office like Parks and Recreation? Ronny Thompson, BALTIMORE

Yes, they will, Ronny. Although the mockumentary style certainly did not start with the American version of The Office, that part will seem familiar. Other than that, it's a whole new cast of characters and a completely different world. I'm a huge fan of The Office, so hopefully it's as funny.

Are there any comedians you'd like to work with in the future? Ansley Hayes, DALLAS

Phyllis Diller. I want us to do a road comedy together. And she drives. It would be called Crazy Grandma at the Wheel, and I would be a next-door neighbor she kidnaps because she's gotta get money to put down on a house in Florida. At the very end, we hold hands and we drive off a cliff. And there's a lot of sex scenes for both of us.

Why did you want to launch Smart Girls at the Party, your new Web series? Elizabeth Chan, CHICAGO

It's a talk show for young girls. We wanted to do something to show real, regular girls and what they're interested in. What better way to find that out than to ask them very serious, hard-hitting questions like "Which do you believe exist: unicorns or fairies?"

Did you pick up any motherhood dos and don'ts from your roles in movies like Mean Girls or Baby Mama? Michelle Rotuno-Johnson CINCINNATI, OHIO

I think I would be in real trouble if I learned mothering tips from either of those movies. There was a joke in Baby Mama where there was a stroller that, when it hit something, little air bags would come out. I do want one of those.

Will the recession result in a higher demand for comedy? Yaara Tal, HERZLIYYA, ISRAEL

I tell you what'll be a great recession comedy: Crazy Grandma at the Wheel. The movie's only going to cost $5. That's my new thing. All my new films are going to cost $5, or $2 if you bring your own beer. Then we just do one a month, and you'll have Crazy Grandma at the Wheel No. 12 in theaters next July. That's the kind of stuff I'm going to be working on to fight this recession.

How are sites like YouTube and Hulu changing TV comedy? Brooks Dennard, DALLAS

It's inevitable that eventually we're going to be watching everything on our computers, if we aren't already. For people to be able to access your show in any way is a good thing. You can't fight that progress.

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