Leslie Knope, Producer
Amy Poehler is one of Hollywood's most versatile and sought-after talents. She currently stars on the Emmy-nominated comedy series "Parks and Recreation," which recently began its sixth season. Her portrayal of Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in Pawnee, Indiana, has earned her four consecutive Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. She recently served as co-host of the extremely well-received "70th Golden Globe Awards" with Tina Fey, helping the program earn a 2013 Emmy nod for "Outstanding Special Class Program." Poehler also produces and hosts the award-winning online series, "Smart Girls at the Party," which showcases real girls who are "changing the world by being themselves." Poehler is also working on a first, as-yet-untitled book to be published by HarperCollins' It Books in 2014.
Poehler has a number of film projects as well. She stars opposite Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis in "You Are Here," will next appear opposite Adam Scott in "A.C.O.D." and will be heard as the voice of Jenny in the upcoming animated comedy, "Free Birds." Disney also recently announced that she will star as Joy in Pixar's next animated film "Inside Out," set for release in 2015. Her other film credits include "Baby Mama," "Blades of Glory," "Mean Girls," "Spring Breakdown," "Mr. Woodcock," Southland Tales," "Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny," "The Ex," "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Envy." Her voice has been heard in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel," "Monsters vs. Aliens," "Horton Hears a Who!" and box office smash "Shrek the Third."
Poehler's work extends beyond her roles in front of the camera. She serves as executive producer of the forthcoming "Broad City," a scripted TV comedy based on the web show of the same name that follows two friends navigating their way through life in New York City. The series will premiere on Comedy Central in 2014. Poehler has also teamed up with her brother, Greg Poehler, to form the production company Syskon, which aims to develop and produce international television comedy and programming. Their first series, "Welcome to Sweden," will debut on Sweden's TV4 network as its first English-language comedy.
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 the 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. Due to a change in eligibility rules, she received an unprecedented Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" for her work on "Saturday Night Live," 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.
Poehler joined the SNL cast from the Upright Citizens Brigade, a sketch/improv troupe that she co-founded. Poehler and the U.C.B. relocated to New York where she wrote and performed on an adaptation of the sketch show that aired on Comedy Central for three seasons. U.C.B. additionally opened theaters venues in New York City and Los Angeles currently regarded as the premiere sketch/improv comedy. Poehler and the U.C.B. were featured in "ASSSSCAT: Improv," an improvised comedy special on Bravo.
Poehler has made memorable appearances on television shows ranging from "Arrested Development" and "Wonder Showzen" to "Undeclared." She was also a voice on the animated series "O'Grady" and "The Simpsons."
Poehler currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.