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Wednesday 16 August 2017

We just got married! Amy's joy at meeting her Hollywood idol

THE same-sex marriage vote hasn't happened yet, but that didn't stop Amy Huberman from "getting hitched" to her namesake, comedy queen Amy Poehler.

Brian O'Driscoll's other half wasn't shy about expressing her excitement that the Parks and Recreation star was coming to Dublin.

"Hate it when your best friend Amy comes to town but she doesn't know you're best friends so you don't get to meet up for wine and pillow fights," the 35-year-old mum tweeted earlier this week.

Poehler's star has been rising Stateside, the 43-year-old not only starring in a hit sitcom but also co-hosting the Golden Globes three years in a row along with Tina Fey.

Yesterday, Huberman and her pal and fellow Moone Boy star Norma Sheahan joined hordes of students who watched the comedian honoured with the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage by Trinity's Philosophical Society.

giddy

The two Amys met during the afternoon. Huberman later posted a picture of the pair laughing together along with one of her trademark quips.

"Myself and Amy Poehler got married in Trinity today. We are very happy. Thank you for all the well wishes," she wrote.

"She was so lovely and funny and nice and warm and intelligent and all those things you want her to be - they say don't meet your heroes but you can always meet her."

Amy wasn't the only one impressed by the US actor, who had the giddy crowd at Trinity in stitches.

Poehler joked that she had missed the recent loophole in legislation that meant ecstasy and other drugs were - very briefly - legal in Ireland this week.

"I arrived in Ireland to find I had missed the 24-hour window," she joked to much laughter from the hundreds hanging on her every word.

Shortly after starting her speech, she led the crowd in an impromptu group sing-along to Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U, much to everyone's enjoyment.

Poehler, who does not have a Twitter account, spoke of her wariness of the internet and her Smart Girls initiative for teens encouraging volunteerism and self-expression through the arts.

"I have a suspicious relationship with the internet. It's so unforgiving. Smart Girls was an attempt to offer something different," she said.

NUGGETS

After a short speech, she opened the floor to questions from students eager to get some nuggets of wisdom from her.

When asked about being a leader for women in comedy, she said she wanted to see more diversity in the industry.

"Leading is about cutting people who complain rather than do from your team," she said.

"Just pick something, do it, screw it up or make it work.

"I want to see more writers who are women, black, gay and transgender."

She also encouraged anyone who has dreams of becoming an actor to keeping working at it.

"Everyone starts as a waitress or waiter. Just stick at it," she said.

Other famous names who have received the award at Trinity include US chat show host Conan O'Brien, Irish director Lenny Abrahmson, supermodel Naomi Campbell and broadcaster and author Stephen Fry.

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