updated 06/07/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/07/2013 AT 3:15 PM ET
It’s a Hollywood date night!
Amy Poehler and her new beau, Nick Kroll, enjoyed each other’s company at the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring funnyman and filmmaker Mel Brooks at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Thursday night.
“Amy looked really happy and upbeat throughout the night – they were cozy,” an observer tells PEOPLE. “I haven’t seen Amy look this light and airy while out in a long, long time.”
The pair worked together when Kroll, a comedian, guest-starred on Poehler’s NBC hit Parks and Recreation in the recurring role of “The Douche.”
Though Poehler – who shares two kids with Arnett, Archie, 4½, and Abel, 2½ – seems happy to be making her new relationship public, her ex has said dating seems “very scary.”