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Amy Poehler is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought after talents. Poehler is perhaps best known for her starring role on the Emmy-nominated NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, which completed its seventh and final season in February 2015. Her portrayal of Leslie Knope earned her a 2014 Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical, or Comedy, the award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy at the 2014 American Comedy Awards, and a 2013 Gracie Award. For her work on the show, Poehler also received five consecutive Emmy nominations, two additional Golden Globe nominations, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.
Poehler also recently returned for a third and final time as co-host of the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, a role that was again met with much critical acclaim. Additionally, she produces and hosts the award-winning online series Smart Girls at the Party, which showcases real girls who are “changing the world by being themselves.” Her first book, Yes Please, was released in October 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Poehler has been extremely busy as of late, with a number of high-profile projects in the works. She will co-star alongside Tina Fey in the upcoming Universal comedy Sisters and will lend her voice as Joy in Pixar’s next animated film, Inside Out, both set for release later this year. Other film credits include Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, Mean Girls, and Wet Hot American Summer, the latter of which will return as a series on Netflix in summer 2015. Her voice has also been heard in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Monsters vs. Aliens, Horton Hears a Who!, and box office smash hit Shrek the Third.
Poehler’s work extends beyond her roles in front of the camera. She serves as executive producer of the scripted Comedy Central hit Broad City, a series based on the web show of the same name which follows two friends as they navigate their way through life in New York City. Poehler also recently signed a three-year producing deal with NBC studio Universal Television, under which Difficult People, a comedy centered on best friends living in New York City, is in production. The series will air on Hulu.
Poehler also has teamed up with her brother, Greg Poehler, to form production company Syskon, which aims to develop and produce international television comedy and programming. Their first series, Welcome to Sweden, premiered on NBC in July 2014 and debuted on Sweden’s TV4 network as their first English-language comedy. The series will return for a second season later this year.
After her much-buzzed-about portrayal of Senator Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential election, Poehler completed her eighth and final season of Saturday Night Live (and her fifth as the co-anchor of “Weekend Update”). Renowned as “a brilliantly inventive sketch comedian,” (Entertainment Weekly), Poehler boasted an impressive arsenal of outrageous characters, from the hyperactive “Caitlin” and one-legged reality show contestant “Amber” to a manic host of “Good Morning Meth.” Poehler also contributed memorable impressions of Kelly Ripa, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone, and Michael Jackson. That year she received her first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on SNL. Due to a change in eligibility, this was an unprecedented nomination, making her the first performer in SNL history to land a spot in this category. She went on to receive a second nomination in this category for her work on her final season the following year.
Poehler joined the SNL cast from the Upright Citizens Brigade, a sketch/improv troupe that she cofounded. Poehler and the U.C.B. relocated to New York where they had a sketch show on Comedy Central for three seasons on which she was both a writer and performer. In addition, they opened theaters that are currently regarded as the premiere sketch/improv comedy venues in New York City and Los Angeles. Poehler and the U.C.B. were featured in A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv an improvised comedy special on Bravo.
Poehler has made memorable appearances on television ranging from Arrested Development, Wonder Showzen, and Undeclared. She also was a voice on O’Grady and The Simpsons.
She currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.