Amy Poehler Biography

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Born: September 16, 1971


Date of Birth: September 16, 1971

While studying at Boston College, Massachusetts native Amy Poehler became involved with sketch comedy when she joined a troupe called My Mother's Flea Bag. She moved to Chicago to study at Second City in 1993, then joined the Upright Citizen's Brigade comedy group in 1996. She made her TV debut the same year, providing her voice and writing talents to the TV movie Escape From It's a Wonderful Life. She also played Andy Richter's little sister Stacy on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

In 1998, Upright Citizen's Brigade moved to New York, where they got their own sketch comedy series on Comedy Central, which lasted three seasons. Meanwhile, Amy made her film debut in Tomorrow Night (1998), which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. She also made a guest appearance on the sitcom Spin City starring Michael J. Fox. Her major motion picture debut came with a supporting role in Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo (1999), starring Rob Schneider. She then appeared in the box office flop Wet Hot American Summer (2001) and The Devil and Daniel Webster (2001), which was never theatrically released in America.

Poehler joined Saturday Night Live as a featured player in 2001 and was upped to repertory cast in January 2002. In 2004, she had the distinction of appearing in two major motion pictures opening on the same day—Envy, starring Jack Black and Ben Stiller, and Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan and scripted by SNL writer/performer Tina Fey. Poehler also lended her voice for two films, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) and The Secret World of Arrietty (2012). She starred in They Came Together (2014), Are You Here (2014) and more recently Sisters (2015) alongside Tina Fey.

Amy married actor Will Arnett in 2003. He stars on the critically-acclaimed Fox sitcom Arrested Development. Amy has made several guest appearances on the show, playing his wife. She divides her time between New York, where she works on SNL, and Los Angeles, where her husband's sitcom is produced. She can also currently be seen playing Leslie Knope in the television series Parks and Recreation.


Inside Out (2015)
Live From New York! (2015)
Sisters (2015)
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)
They Came Together (2014)
Are You Here (2014)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) (voice)
Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil (2010) (voice)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) (voice)
Monsters vs Aliens (2009) (voice)
Baby Mama (2008)
Groupies (2007)
Spring Breakdown (2007)
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Blades of Glory (2007)
Shrek the Third (2007) (voice)
On Broadway (2007)
Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Southland Tales (2006)
Wild Girls Gone (2005)
Envy (2004)
Mean Girls (2004)
Martin & Orloff (2002)
The Devil and Daniel Webster (2001)
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
Tomorrow Night (1998)
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