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 Awards nomination. She recently served as co-host of the extremely well received "70th Golden Globe Awards" with Tina Fey, helping earn the program 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 her first, as-yet-untitled, book to be published by HarperCollins' It Books in 2014.
Poehler has a number of film projects as well. She will next appear opposite Adam Scott in "A.C.O.D.," will be heard as the voice of Jenny in the upcoming animated comedy, "Free Birds," and stars opposite Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis in "You Are Here." 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 in The Pick of Destiny," "The Ex," "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Envy." Her voice has been heard in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "Monsters vs. Aliens," "Horton Hears a Who!" and box office smash hit "Shrek the Third."
Poehler's work extends beyond her roles in front of the camera. She serves as executive producer of the forthcoming scripted comedy, "Broad City," a series based on the web show of the same name that follows two friends as they navigate their way through life in New York City. The series will premiere on Comedy Central in 2014. Poehler also has teamed up with her brother, Greg Poehler, to form 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 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.
Poehler joined the SNL cast from the Upright Citizens Brigade, a sketch/improv troupe that she co-founded. Poehler and UCB relocated to New York where she wrote and performed on an adaptation of the sketch show that aired on Comedy Central for three seasons. UCB additionally opened theaters in New York City and Los Angeles that are currently regarded as the premiere venues for sketch and improv comedy. Poehler and UCB were featured in "ASSSSCAT: Improv" an improvised comedy special on Bravo.
Poehler has made memorable appearances on television ranging from "Arrested Development," "Wonder Showzen" and "Undeclared." She was also a voice on animated series "O'Grady" and "The Simpsons."
Poehler currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.