Amy Poehler. biography
Born on September 16, 1971, in Newton, Massachusetts, Amy first got her start in the world of comedy as member of the improvisational comedy troupe My Mother’s Fleabag while attending Boston College.
Following her graduation in 1993, Amy moved to the Chicago and joined forces with the world famous comedy theatres Second City and ImprovOlympics.
While there, Amy became a player for an improv troupe, called Inside Vladimir, where she met fellow SNL castmate Tina Fey. She then joined the comedic troupe the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and later moved the group to New York City where they found work on The Conan O’Brien Show as well of the group’s own variety show on Comedy Central during 1998.
In 2001, Amy landed her big break as a featured player on Saturday Night Live and later became a full cast player half way through her debut season, making her the third person to do so.
A couple of years later, Amy married fellow comedian Will Arnett and went on to appear side by side in a variety of projects, including Arrested Development as an accidentally married couple and Blades of Glory (2007) as a brother-sister figure skating duet.
Amy began to gain more attention for her natural comedic ability after she starred as a fine0tuned cougar mom in Tina Fey’s comedy Mean Girls (2004) and later as a surrogate mom to Tina Fey in Baby Mama (2008).
In December 2008, Amy left SNL and joined the cast of NBC’s Parks and Recreation as well as launched her web series Smart Girls at the Party. She then appeared in the sitcoms Napoleon Dynamite (2012), 30 Rock (2012) and Louie (2012),
Amy’s most recent comedic projects include, A.C.O.D. (2013) with Jessica Alba, You Are Here (2013) alongside Zach Galifianakis, Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013, They Came Together (2014) with Paul Rudd as well as the animated flicks Free Birds (2013), Inside Out (2015) and Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 (2015).
Did You Know…
- Amy’s favorite baseball team is the Boston Red Sox.
- Amy graduated from Boston College.
- Amy is the co-owner of the Upright Citizen’s Crigade Theatre in New York.
- Amy was featured on the cover of Bust magazine in October 2006.
- Amy’s nicknames are Cool Cat Amy and Crazy Amy.