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Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

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.

Early life

Poehler was born in Burlington, Massachusetts, the daughter of Eileen, a teacher, and Bill Poehler. She has a younger brother, Gregory, who was a copyright lawyer in New York before moving to Stockholm, Sweden with his wife. A 1993 graduate of Boston College, Poehler was a key member of America's oldest collegiate improv comedy troupe, My Mother's Fleabag.

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.

Career

Upright Citizens Brigade

During her time at Second City, Poehler studied with Matt Besser, part of the Upright Citizens Brigade. While the group initially consisted of many members (including Horatio Sanz, Adam McKay, and Neil Flynn), Poehler quickly became part of the group along with Matt Walsh. The two, along with Besser and Ian Roberts, performed sketch and improv around Chicago before moving to New York in 1996.

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.

Saturday Night Live

Poehler joined the cast of SNL during the 2001-2002 season, her first episode being the first one produced after the 9/11 attacks with host Reese Witherspoon and Rudy Giuliani as a special guest. Poehler was promoted from featured player to full cast member in her first season on the show, making her only the third person to have ever earned this distinction (after Harry Shearer and Eddie Murphy).

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.

Other projects

Poehler has appeared in films such as Wet Hot American Summer, Mean Girls, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, Blades of Glory, Envy, Shrek The Third and Mr. Woodcock. She is currently producing a digital series with two of her friends called Smart Girls at the Party available through ON Networks The show is focused on interviews with young women who are "changing the world by being themselves".

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.

Poehler also appeared in the movie Mean Girls as the mother of co-star Rachel McAdams, although she is really only 5 years McAdams's senior.

Personal life

Poehler is married to Will Arnett, of the FOX comedy Arrested Development, and had a recurring role in the series as the nameless wife of Arnett's character George Oscar "G.O.B." Bluth II. Poehler and Arnett also played a quasi-incestuous brother-sister ice skating team in the 2007 film Blades of Glory. The couple also appeared in Horton Hears a Who!, and will star together in the upcoming films On Broadway, Spring Breakdown, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. They live in New York City and have two dogs, Toby and Elliott.

On April 28, 2008 it was announced in People that the couple are expecting their first child, due in the fall.

Selected filmography

Recurring characters on SNL

Celebrity impersonations

Poehler's celebrity characters include Dakota Fanning, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Sharon Osbourne, Britney Spears, Paula Abdul, Hilary Duff, Kelly Ripa, Ann Coulter, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Stone, Nancy Grace, Michael Jackson, Christian Siriano, Peter Ostrum, Mr. Six, Dennis Kucinich, Fergie, J.K. Rowling, and Katie Couric.

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