Amy Poehler
Birth Date:
September 16, 1971
Birth Place:
Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
5' 2''
Actress, Writer, Producer, Comedian
Burlington High School in Burlington, Vermont
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Saturday Night Live


Improvisation comedian and actress Amy Poehler first entered show business as a key member of America's oldest collegiate improv comedy troupe, My Mother's Fleabag, and the improvisational comedy and sketch comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade before becoming a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" (SNL). On the NBC classic late night live sketch comedy show, she gained fame for her impersonations and outrageous characters like the hyperactive "Caitlin," the one-legged reality show contestant "Amber," and the manic host of "Good Morning Meth."

"When you walk down the halls of that show and you see all the people that worked there, it's really impressive." Amy Poehler (discussing “Saturday Night Live”)

Meanwhile, Amy also co-hosted the "Weekend Update" segment with Tina Fey, as well as made recurring appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and FOX’s comedy show “Arrested Development.” She also co-created the animated Nickelodeon series about an overachieving girl scout, “The Mighty B,” in which she also provides the voice of the title character.

Moviegoers could catch Poehler in such films as "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" (1999), "Wet Hot American Summer" (2001), "Mean Girls" (2004), "Envy" (2004), "Southland Tales" (2006), "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny" (2006), "Blades of Glory" (2007), "Shrek the Third" (2007; voice), "Mr. Woodcock" (2007), "Horton Hears a Who" (2008; voice), and the box office hit comedy "Baby Mama" (2008). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Hamlet 2," "Spring Breakdown," "Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil" (voice), and "Groupies."

On a more personal note, Amy has been married to actor Will Arnett since 2003. The couple is currently expecting their first child, which is due in the fall.

Crazy Amy

Childhood and Family:

In Burlington, Massachusetts, Amy Poehler was born on September 16, 1971. Daughter of former high school teachers Bill and Eileen Poehler, Amy has one younger brother named Gregory.

Amy received the nickname “Crazy Amy” while attending Burlington High School in Burlington, Vermont. After receiving a degree in media and communications from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, in 1993, she moved to Chicago to study improv at Second City alongside friend and future "Saturday Night Live" (1975) co-star Tina Fey. She also studied with improv master Del Close, mentor to such famed “S.N.L.” patrons as Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and Chris Farley, at the famous Improv Olympic, along with Fey, Vince Vaughn, the late Chris Farley, Ossie Beck, Mike Myers and Adam McKay.

On August 29, 2003, she married actor Will Arnett (born in 1970) of the FOX comedy show “Arrested Development.”

“I'm great with kids. I think I'm still a big giant kid. I understand them and usually we're the same size. I think I understand the way they look up at the world. I get it.” Amy Poehler

In late April 2008, the week her movie “Baby Mama” debuted, Amy announced that she is expecting her first child with Will, which is due in autumn.

On her life outside her work, Amy said, “All we do is watch 'The Wire' and go out to dinner with our friends. I wish I could tell you that we had these crazy comedy competitions of hilariousness, but at the end of the day, all I want is a good cry and an hour long drama.”

Baby Mama


Bitten by the comedy bug while studying at Boston College, Amy Poehler joined the comedy troupe My Mother's Fleabag and began performing stand-up at local comedy clubs. The aspiring comedian quickly became a known commodity around the Boston comedy scene and decided to move to Chicago in 1993 following graduation. There, she studied at Second City and the Improve Olympics.

In 1996, Poehler joined Olympic's improvisational comedy and sketch comedy group originally formed in Chicago, Upright Citizens Brigade with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. When Upright Citizen's Brigade moved to New York and landed their own show on “Comedy Central,” Poehler served as a writer and performer for the show, which aired from 1998 to 2000.

Poehler appeared in David Pilot's movie "Saving Manhattan" (1998), Louis C.K.'s independent comedy "Tomorrow Night" (1998), Mike Mitchell's comedy film starring Rob Schneider, "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" (1999), and Amie Steir's short comedy movie starring Amanda Peet, "Zoe Loses It" (2000).

She also made recurring appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” guest starred in a 1998 episode of ABC’s sitcom "Spin City," and lent her voice to the video game "Deer Avenger 2: Deer in the City" (1999).

Following the demise of the sketch show "Upright Citizens Brigade," Poehler hit it big in 2001 when she joined NBC's classic late night live sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" (SNL). The bosses were so impressed by her natural talent that Poehler was promoted to a full regular in the middle of her first year on the show (2001-2002), making her the first SNL member since Eddie Murphy to hold that honor.

“I've never watched old repeats of 'Saturday Night Live' because I can't bear it. I mean reruns of older seasons of stuff, because if the scene's funny I'm jealous that I didn't think of it. It's too intimidating. I just can't compare myself. I love it so much I can't even watch it.” Amy Poehler

During her long tenure at SNL, Poehler did various celebrity imitations, including Kelly Ripa, Paula Abdul, Senator Hillary Clinton, Sharon Stone, and Michael Jackson, as well as created a goofy gallery of recurring characters like the hyperactive "Caitlin," the one-legged reality show contestant "Amber," and the manic host of "Good Morning Meth."

Meanwhile, she was cast with Molly Shannon and Janeane Garofalo in David Wain's cult comedy about the last day of summer camp in 1981, "Wet Hot American Summer" (2001) and appeared as Jack Black's wife in Barry Levinson's comedy film that also stars Ben Stiller, "Envy" (2004).

Alongside her former improv classmate Tina Fey, Poehler also replaced Jimmy Fallon as the co-anchor of the coveted “Weekend Update” segment. She also had a recurring role in FOX's character-driven sitcom “Arrested Development,” as the accidental wife of Will Arnett's character George Oscar "G.O.B." Bluth II from 2004 to 2005.

In 2004, Poehler struck gold while playing the cool mother of the acid-tongued Regina George (played by Rachel McAdams) in the Lindsay Lohan vehicle “Mean Girls,” Mark Waters' teen girl movie based on the non-fiction book "Queen Bees and Wannabes" by Rosalind Wiseman, which was also written and co-starred in by fellow "Saturday Night Live" cast member Tina Fey.

The following year, Poehler was reunited with the Upright Citizens Brigade and they created the one-hour sketch comedy special on Bravo, "A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv." They also opened a theater currently regarded as the premiere sketch/improv comedy venue in New York City.

“There's a couple of enemies to improv, and one of them is editing. When you edit on TV it makes it seem like it's not really improv.” Amy Poehler

Poehler then returned to the big screen in Liam Lynch's rock musical set in the 1990s, "Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny" (2006; starring Jack Black and Kyle Gass), appeared as herself in director Barry Levinson’s “Man of the Year” (2006) and co-starred in Richard Kelly's comedy film "Southland Tales" (2007; with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Justin Timberlake).

Amy also costarred with Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon in Craig Gillespie's comedy “Mr. Woodcock” (2007) and voiced Snow White in "Shrek the Third" (2007), to which she recalled, "That was exciting. We were saying that she’s such an iconic figure that I wanted to try to do some new take on her and I thought it would be fun for her to be real bossy because she has a lot of people and animals that she takes care of. She’s always played so sweetly that I thought she could be a real type 'A.'"

Additionally, Poehler co-starred with husband Will Arnett in Josh Gordon and Will Speck's ice-skating comedy, "Blades of Glory" (2007), opposite Will Ferrell and Jon Heder.

Recently, in 2008, Poehler voiced Mayor Ned McDodd's (Steve Carell) loving wife Sally in the CGI animated film based on the book of the same name, "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!," and co-created the animated Nickelodeon series “The Mighty B,” in which she also provides the voice of the title character, Bessie Higgenbottom.

She also collaborated with Tina Fey for the Michael McCullers' box office hit comedy, "Baby Mama," in which she plays Angie, a South Jersey working girl hired to become a surrogate mom for Fey's successful single businesswoman character.

Poehler, who has confirmed she will be back for the 2008-2009 season of SNL, has completed her newest film, "Hamlet 2," a comedy directed by Andy Fleming in which she co-stars with Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, and David Arquette. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in a limited release on August 22, 2008.

Amy is currently filming "Spring Breakdown," a comedy in which she will co-star with Rachel Dratch and Parker Posey, and the upcoming sequel to the 2005 film "Hoodwinked," "Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil," in which she will provide the voice of Gretel. She is also set to co-star with Isla Fisher in a new comedy movie set in the world of rock 'n' roll groupies, "Groupies."


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