Amy Poehler to join this year’s Vivid Sydney celebration for first Inside Out 2 preview

Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian, Amy Poehler will join this year’s Vivid Sydney line-up for a special Vivid Ideas event at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 27 May.

Poehler, who is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents, with credits including actress, writer, director, producer, and bestselling author, will front Vivid Sydney Presents – In Conversation with Amy Poehler, plus offer a special first look at Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2, an event moderated by Zan Rowe.

“I’m really looking forward to taking part in Vivid Sydney this year, a place that welcomes Joy in every way,” said Poehler. “I can’t wait to share a little of Inside Out 2: a movie that lets Joy and Sadness, Anxiety and Envy all try to work together in hilarious and touching ways.”

Poehler has built a remarkable career spanning comedy and writing and is best known for her role in the Emmy-nominated NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation. Her portrayal of Hilary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential Election on Saturday Night Live (SNL) received widespread acclaim, leading up to her final season as the beloved co-anchor of Weekend Update.  In 2015, Poehler’s return to SNL alongside Tina Fey resulted in an Emmy win for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series”. Additionally, her literary debut ‘Yes Please’ topped the New York Times Best Sellers list in October 2014, staying there for over 23 weeks.

Vivid Sydney Festival Director, Gill Minervini said: “Amy Poehler is comedy royalty and the perfect person to join us as part of Vivid Ideas for this year’s Vivid Sydney. We’re so proud to add her to the growing list of guests set to captivate visitors throughout 23 nights of the festival. Amy’s new film ‘Inside Out 2’ ties in perfectly with the theme of this year’s festival, Humanity, with an accessible take on how the human mind makes decisions and processes emotions. Allowing audiences to have an insight to how one of the world’s great writers and performers operates is sure to be a great thrill. I encourage everyone to get their tickets as soon as they can for this not-to-be-missed event.”

The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Kylie Watson-Wheeler, said: “We’re excited to share a first look at Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 and a conversation with the incomparable Amy Poehler. Vivid Sydney is the perfect way to celebrate this colourful and captivating storytelling with Australian audiences ahead of the film’s June 13 release in cinemas.”

Vivid Sydney Presents – In Conversation with Amy Poehler, plus a special first look at Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 will be staged at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, on Monday 27 May from 7.00pm. Red Carpet arrivals will take place from 6.00pm. Following the Vivid Ideas event, a bespoke Inside Out 2 projection will light up Customs House at Circular Quay for a one off, 30-minute projection.

Vivid Sydney will be held from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June. Tickets to the event range from $49 to $129 and are available now at

Peter Gray

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