Amy Meredith Poehler (born September 16, 1971) is an American comedian and actress. She is a cast member and parody news anchor on the NBC television program Saturday Night Live. In 2005, Poehler starred in the film Mean Girls, alongside Tina Fey, and again alongside her in Baby Mama in 2008. She is also the first cast member in SNL history to be nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category at the Emmy Awards.
After graduating from college, Poehler moved to Chicago, where she studied improv at Second City alongside friend and future co-star Tina Fey. She also studied with Del Close at ImprovOlympic, going on to become part of the touring company as well as teaching classes at iO.
In 1998, Comedy Central debuted the group's self-titled, half-hour TV show. During the show's second season, the group opened an Improv theatre and training center in New York City at 161 W. 22nd Street, occupying the space of a former strip club. The UCB theatre held shows seven nights a week in addition to offering classes in sketch comedy writing and improv.
Comedy Central cancelled the Upright Citizens Brigade program after its third season, though the UCB theatre continues to operate.
Beginning with the 2004-05 season, she co-anchored "Weekend Update" with Tina Fey, replacing the newly departed Jimmy Fallon. In a TV Guide interview, Fey said that with Poehler co-anchoring, there now is "double the sexual tension." When Fey left after the 2005-06 season to devote time to the sitcom she created, 30 Rock, Seth Meyers joined Poehler at the anchor desk. Poehler is currently nominated for an Emmy as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, being the first SNL cast member recognized in this category. On September 13, 2008, the SNL season premiere opened with Fey and Poehler as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton doing a "joint political campaign spot." Poehler plays Hillary Clinton as a highly accomplished, neurotic politician obsessed with becoming President of the United States.
Poehler has confirmed she will not be back for the full 2008 - 2009 season of SNL, although she will remain "through the [[U.S. presidential election, 2008|[presidential] election]]." Variety.com reported on July 15, 2008, that she was in final negotiations to star in a spinoff series to The Office by writers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, set to air on Thursdays after The Office, starting January 2009 on NBC. It was officially announced on September 16, 2008 that Poehler will be leaving in October due to the birth of her child.
On July 21, 2008, NBC officially announced Poehler's new series, saying the project will not be a direct spin-off of The Office after all, though such a spin-off is still planned.
In the past, she often appeared in various comedy segments on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, often playing her recurring role as Andy Richter's little sister Stacy, and as a recurring character in two episodes of the college dramedy Undeclared. She appears in the film Southland Tales, which premiered on May 21, 2006 at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. In 2008, she appeared in Horton Hears a Who! and Baby Mama, and will star in Spring Breakdown and Hamlet 2. She has also co-created an animated series for Nickelodeon called The Mighty B! about Bessie Higgenbottom, a "sweet, merit-badge-obsessed girl scout", to which she lends her vocal talents.
Poehler appeared on the cover of the April 20, 2008 issue of Page Six Magazine.
On April 28, 2008 it was announced in People that the couple are expecting their first child, due in the fall.