Amy Poehler, one of the leading ladies of modern American comedy, began her career as a member of an improv group at Boston College, where she studied media and communications. She went on to train in Chicago at Second City, ultimately following the path of Second City alums like Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi to a regular role on "Saturday Night Live."
Along the way, Poehler was a co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe, featured for three years on Comedy Central before it was canceled.
Poehler's many memorable impressions include Britney Spears and Hillary Clinton. At the beginning of the 2004 SNL season, Poehler replaced Jimmy Fallon as a co-anchor on the show's iconic "Weekend Update" and together with her good friend Tina Fey made up the first all-female anchor team for the segment. In 2008, she received her first prime-time Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on SNL.
After eight seasons on the show, Poehler left to start her own series, "Parks and Recreation," both co-writing and starring in the NBC comedy. Her portrayal of Leslie Knope earned her critical acclaim, including a 2014 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, an American Comedy Award and a 2013 Gracie. She also has received two additional Globe nominations, six consecutive Emmy nominations for lead actress and a couple of nods from the Screen Actors Guild.
Crossing over to the silver screen, Poehler has starred in a series of films, including "They Came Together," "A.C.O.D." and "Are You Here." In 2015, she lent her voice to the character of Joy in Disney Pixar’s box-office hit "Inside Out."
Poehler and Fey, who have costarred in several films, such as "Baby Mama" and "Mean Girls," first co-hosted the Golden Globe Awards telecast in 2013. The two comedians were "lovely, brilliant and utterly fearless, they made awards-show hosting an art form again," The Times wrote.
In October 2014, Poehler released her first book, "Yes Please," which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-sellers list. The book spent 23 weeks on the list.
— Jerome Campbell for the Los Angeles Times