Amy Poehler Reveals Former Cocaine Use, Still Occasionally Smokes Pot

By McCarton Ackerman 10/16/14

The typically squeaky clean comedian revealed her younger, wilder side in her new upcoming memoir, Yes, Please.

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Actress and comedian Amy Poehler is making light of the far-from-funny moments she had while doing drugs in her upcoming memoir.

In the book, Yes Please, which is scheduled to be released on Oct. 28, Poehler talked about her former cocaine and ecstasy use, and the comedowns she experienced from it afterwards.

Describing cocaine as a drug which she “instantly loved, but eventually hated,” she recalled struggling the day after using it and said that it’s “terrific if you want to hang out with people you don’t know very well and want to play ping-pong all night. It’s bad for everyone else.”

She also revealed taking ecstasy once at a New Year’s Eve party and said the morning after left her “so sad I wanted to sink into the carpet and permanently live there…I thought I had no friends.”

Poehler also admitted to still occasionally smoking marijuana, but said her use was limited due to inability to perform or write while high. She also makes it a point to not smoke near her two young sons because “how do you explain to [your kids] that you can’t play Rescue Bots because you have to spend all day in bed eating Cape Cod potato chips and watching The Bicycle Thief?”

The recreational drug use is in stark contrast to that of her comedy BFF Tina Fey, who told Women’s Health magazine in 2007 that she never experimented with illegal substances. "I have had surgeries before when I've been unconscious, but I have never used any kind of recreational drug," she said. "I want to be on record saying this, so my daughter can see it one day in the future. I am extremely square and obedient in nature!"

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.