We can only imagine the typical doting fan questions after a staged event featuring two of comedy’s best and brightest — in this case, Amy Poehler with Carrie Brownstein talking about Brownstein’s new book, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir.
But one audience member at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church made a bit of an unusual request when she asked if Brownstein would officiate her wedding to her girlfriend, conveniently seated right next to her.
The couple had head that Brownstein was an ordained minister, and they showed up with their marriage license in tow.
Poehler was immediately for it, and told Brownstein “You gotta do it!”
So with Amy seated at the piano providing the occasional musical accompaniment, Carrie brought the couple onstage, took a moment to prepare, and delivered these thoughtful remarks on the power of love:
We are gathered here this evening, in Pasadena, CA, to bring together the union between two beautiful souls. Uh, I’m going to quote James Baldwin, perhaps incorrectly. But you should know that love and life and togetherness involve a lot of stumbling, mistakes, humor, clumsiness — and I hope that you are with someone who will love those things — all of the ‘incorrectlies’ that you possess. Oh, I was going to quote James Baldwin. I won’t, because what I’d like to do is just say that all of us here are rooting for you. (crowd cheers) We’re rooting for you in the way that we root for ourselves, in the way that we root for love to always win out over despair, for hope to win out over fear, for joy to win out over sorrow. We root for you in those ways. And we root for you to never feel small, less-than. We root for the two of you to make each other feel the biggest, strongest, most special you’ve ever felt, and that you’re surrounded by people who only think of you like that.
Brownstein for the win.
You can watch the whole thing below: