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Amy Poehler is an actress and comedian famous for her work on Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation.
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Amy Poehler was born on September 16, 1971 in Newton, Massachusetts and attended Boston College. After graduation, she moved to Chicago and joined the improv troupe, Second City and the Upright Citizens' Brigade. Poehler's big break came when she was hired as a featured performer on Saturday Night Live. Poehler currently stars on Parks and Recreation.
Actress, comedian. Born September 16, 1971, in the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts. Amy Poehler grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts with parents Eileen and William Poehler, both schoolteachers. At Boston College, the petite (5-foot 2-inch) Poehler became a member of the college's improvisational comedy troupe, My Mother's Fleabag.
After graduation, she moved to Chicago in 1993 to pursue a professional career in comedy, joining the comedy theaters ImprovOlympics and Second City, which have produced famous alumni including Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Mike Myers and Tina Fey. Poehler and Fey, who would later become famous together on Saturday Night Live (SNL), met each other through an improv group called Inside Vladimir, which someone had named after an adult video found at a local convenience store. "I believe there was some kind of Russian theme, but the story was lost on me very quickly," Poehler recalled. The two became friends immediately.
Poehler soon became part of a comedic troupe called the Upright Citizens' Brigade, a spin-off of ImprovOlympics. In 1996, she and her fellow comics moved UCB to New York City, where the troupe scored regular gigs on The Conan O'Brien Show and, later, a show of its own on Comedy Central in 1998. After a few years in New York, Poehler got her big break when she was hired as a featured performer on Saturday Night Live.
Amy Poehler debuted in September 2001, appearing in the first SNL show to air after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She played a horrified employee in a sketch where Will Ferrell shows up to the office in a patriotic thong. She was promoted from featured player to full cast member midway through her first season, becoming the first woman and only the third person ever (after Harry Shearer and Eddie Murphy) to do so. When Jimmy Fallon left the show in 2004, Poehler joined Tina Fey as a co-anchor of Weekend Update.
Poehler and comedian Will Arnett married in 2003. The couple worked together in the series Arrested Development, playing a couple that accidentally gets married, and again in the 2007 film Blades of Glory, as a brother-sister figure skating team. "They commit so hard, and they'll do anything," Tina Fey said of the couple. "They're both fantastic-looking people, but they don't care. They'll look goofy."
In 2004, Poehler starred in the film Mean Girls, famously playing the surgically-enhanced "cool mom" of Rachel McAdams, who is only seven years her junior in real life. In 2008, Poehler and Fey teamed up to star in Baby Mama, where Poehler plays a surrogate mother carrying a child for an uptight Fey.
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