Amy Poehler is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought after talents, with credits including that of actress, writer, executive producer, and best-selling author. Poehler currently has a number of high-profile projects in the works as part of her extremely successful production company Paper Kite Productions, including The Baby and Schooled. She also continues to serve as an executive producer on both Comedy Central’s Broad City and Hulu’s Difficult People—both of which were recently picked up for additional seasons—and has a development deal with Universal Television under the Paper Kite Productions umbrella. On-screen, Poehler will next be seen starring in The House opposite Will Ferrell and Balls, a basketball comedy for Universal which she will star in and produce. Additionally, she continues to produce and host “Ask Amy” on the award-winning online website “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party,” which showcases real girls who are “changing the world by being themselves.”
Poehler is perhaps best known for her starring role on the Emmy-nominated NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, which completed its seventh and final season in February 2015. Her portrayal of Leslie Knope earned her a 2014 Golden Globe award for “Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical, or Comedy,” the award for “Best Actress in a TV Comedy” at the 2014 American Comedy Awards, and a 2013 Gracie Award. For her work on the show, Poehler also received six consecutive Emmy nominations, two additional Golden Globe nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.
In the film world, Poehler most recently co-starred opposite Tina Fey in the Universal comedy Sisters and lent her voice as the character “Joy” in Disney Pixar’s Oscar-winning smash hit Inside Out. Her additional film credits include They Came Together, A.C.O.D., Free Birds, Are You Here, Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, Mean Girls, and Wet Hot American Summer, the latter of which returned as a series on Netflix last summer. Her voice has also been heard in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Monsters vs. Aliens, Horton Hears a Who!, and box office hit Shrek the Third.
Poehler’s first book, “Yes Please,” was released in October 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The book went on to spend a total of 23 weeks on the list.
After her much buzzed about portrayal of Senator Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential Election, Poehler completed her eighth and final season of Saturday Night Live (and her fifth as the co-anchor of “Weekend Update”). Renowned as “a brilliantly inventive sketch comedian,” (Entertainment Weekly, 11/05), Poehler boasted an impressive arsenal of outrageous characters, from the hyperactive “Caitlin” and one-legged reality show contestant “Amber” to a manic host of “Good Morning Meth.” Poehler also contributed memorable impressions of Kelly Ripa, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone and Michael Jackson. That year she received her first Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” for her work on Saturday Night Live. Due to a change in eligibility, this was an unprecedented nomination, making her the first performer in SNL history to land a spot in this category. She went on to receive a second nomination in this category for her work on her final season the following year. In December 2015, Poehler returned to the SNL stage to co-host the show alongside Tina Fey. The duo’s performance led them to win the 2016 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.”
Poehler joined the SNL cast from the Upright Citizens Brigade, a sketch/improv troupe that she co-founded and continues to be heavily involved in. The group has opened theaters which are regarded as the premiere sketch/improv comedy venues in New York City and Los Angeles.
Poehler co-hosted the Golden Globe Awards alongside Tina Fey for three consecutive years from 2013-2015, a role that was consistently met with much critical acclaim. She has also made memorable appearances on television ranging from Arrested Development, Wonder Showzen and Undeclared. She also was a voice on O’Grady and The Simpsons.
She currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.