Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler have a chat at Kauffman Center

By The Star’s staff

Paul Rudd moderated a discussion with Amy Poehler on Tuesday at the Kauffman Center.
Paul Rudd moderated a discussion with Amy Poehler on Tuesday at the Kauffman Center. Chat Series Instagram

Amy Poehler was in town Tuesday night to take part in the inaugural CHAT series talk at the Kauffman Center.

Her conversation was moderated by her occasional “Parks and Recreation” guest star and former Shawnee Mission West student Paul Rudd. Rudd’s mother, Gloria, is vice president of CHAT. said when Rudd was introduced to huge applause, he said, “Thanks for making me feel like Eric Hosmer.”

In addition to starring in the Emmy-nominated “Parks and Recreation,” Poehler produces a Web series, “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls,” and talked Tuesday about community and self-esteem, according to

“I think we are often overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that needs change, right?” she said. “It’s just this giant wave that’s coming and you think, ‘I’m never going to stop it.’ 

But Poehler told the audience to look for small opportunities to say yes.

“It’s really amazing what happens when you say yes more than no,” she said.

The Prairie Village Post, meanwhile, reported that Rudd took the opportunity to take a swipe at Shawnee Mission East. The Post reports that Rudd related a story about his dad asking what the East mascot was. Rudd told him the school was the Lancers.

“The Lancers!” Rudd said his father said. “Vikings are better. Because what do Lancers do? They lance boils.”

Rudd then told the Kauffman audience, “So suck on that, Lancers.”

Jay Senter of the Post wrote: “My heart weeps. I’m going to dig up my DVD copy of ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ and head directly to Half Price Books, where I’m prepared to accept as low as $2 for it.”

The next CHAT Series event is Oct. 20 with inspirational speaker and author Liz Murray. Actress Geena Davis appears Nov. 9. Tickets can be obtained through