Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, director, producer and writer. After studying improv at Chicago’s Second City and Improv Olympic in the early 1990s, she co-founded the Chicago-based improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade. Take a look below for 30 more awesome and interesting facts about Amy Poehler.
1. Her improve group moved to New York City in 1996 where their act became a half-hour sketch comedy series on Comedy Central in 1998.
2. Along with other members of the comedy group, Poehler is a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
3. She is best known for starring as Leslie Knope in the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreations,” for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical of Comedy Series in 2014 and a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012.
4. Poehler was a cast member on the NBC television series “Saturday Night Live” from 2001 to 2008 and became co-anchor of SNL’s Weekend Update in 2004.
5. She and Tina Fey both won the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for co-hosting “Saturday Night Live.”
6. She is also known for voicing Joy in “Inside Out,” Sally O’Malley in the “Horton Hears a Who!” movie adaption, and Bessie Higgenbottom in the Nickelodeon series “The Mighty B!” from 2008 to 2010.
7. Poehler is an executive producer on the television series “Welcome to Sweden,” “Broad City,” “Difficult People,” and “Russian Doll.”
8. In December 2015, Poehler received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions in television.
9. She was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to school teachers Eileen and William Poehler.
10. Her younger brother, Greg Poehler, is a producer and actor.
11. She is of Irish, German, Portuguese and English descent, with her Irish roots originating from County Cork.
12. She was raised as a Catholic.
13. She grew up in nearby Burlington, Massachusetts, which Poehler describes as a blue-collar town.
14. Poehler credits her father with encouraging her to break social protocol.
15. Her favorite performers included sketch comedians Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, and Catherine O’Hara.
16. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1989.
17. While attending Boston College, Poehler was a member of the improv comedy troupe My Mother’s Fleabag.
18. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications in 1993.
19. In September 2008, Poehler began producing a digital series with two of her friends, Meredith Walker and Amy Miles, titled “Smart Girls at the Party.”
20. The first season of “Smart Girls at the Party” premiered online November 17, 2008, with Mattel’s Barbie signed as the lead sponsor.
21. In 2014, the “Smart Girls at the Party” project was acquired by the Legendary Entertainment company in mid-October. Poehler said to the media; “We at Smart Girls are excited to be working with Legendary and look forward to providing funny and inspirational content for all of the goofballs out there.”
22. Poehler’s memoir, “Yes Please,” was published on October 28, 2014.
23. In 2011, Poehler was included in Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
24. She also delivered the Class Day address to Harvard University’s class of 2011.
25. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited Poehler to become a member as part of its 2017 class.
26. Poehler married actor Will Arnett on August 29, 2003.
27. Poehler and Arnett met in 1996 when he saw one of her performances; they started dating four years later.
28. During their relationship, Poehler and Arnett worked together on several projects including the series “Arrested Development,” the 2007 film “Blades of Glory,” “Horton Hears a Who!”, and “The Secret World of Arrietty.”
29. Together, Poehler and Arnett have two sons, one born in October 2008, and the other in August 2010.
30. Poehler and Arnett announced on September 6, 2012, that they were separating. Arnett filed for divorce on April 8, 2014.