Amy Poehler

Amy Meredith Poehler (/ˈpoʊlər/; born September 16, 1971)[1][2] is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer. After studying improv at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early 1990s, she Co-founded the Chicago-based improvisational-comedy troupe, Upright Citizens Brigade. The group moved to New York City in 1996 where their act became a half-hour sketch comedy series on Comedy Central in 1998.[3] Along with other members of the comedy group, Poehler is a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.[4]

She is best known for starring as Leslie Knope in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series in 2014 and a Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012. 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 alongside friend and colleague Tina Fey. She is also known for voicing Joy from Inside Out, Sally O'Malley from the Horton Hears a Who! movie adaptation, Bessie Higgenbottom from the Nickelodeon series, The Mighty B! from 2008-2010, and Homily Clock from the American-English dub of The Secret World of Arrietty.

Poehler served as an executive producer on the Swedish-American sitcom Welcome to Sweden, along with her brother Greg Poehler. She is also an executive producer on Broad City which airs on Comedy Central, and appeared in the season one finale.[5] For its three season run from 2015 to 2017, she has served as an executive producer on the Hulu series Difficult People. In December 2015, Poehler received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions in television. She and Tina Fey both won the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live. Currently, Poehler is credited as a writer and executive producer of the Netflix comedy series, Russian Doll, which was co-created with Natasha Lyonne and Leslye Headland. The series premiered on February 1, 2019.

Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler smiles broadly at the camera.
Poehler in 2013
Amy Meredith Poehler

September 16, 1971 (age 47)
ResidenceNew York City (1998–2008)
Los Angeles, California (2008–2011)
Alma materBoston College
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active1996–present
Will Arnett
(m. 2003; div. 2016)
RelativesGreg Poehler (brother)
Comedy career
  • Television
  • film
  • theatre
  • books

Early life

Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to school teachers Eileen and William Poehler.[6] Her brother, Greg Poehler, is a producer and actor.[7] She grew up in nearby Burlington.[6][8] She was raised as a Catholic,[9] and graduated from Burlington High School in 1989.[10]

While attending Boston College,[2] Poehler was a member of the improv comedy troupe My Mother's Fleabag.[6] She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in media and communications in 1993 and moved to Chicago, where she studied improv at Second City with friend and future co-star Tina Fey.[8][11] She also studied with Del Close at ImprovOlympic.[8]


Upright Citizens Brigade

During her time at Second City and Improv Olympic in Chicago, Poehler studied alongside Matt Besser under Del Close and Charna Halpern. Poehler and Besser joined with Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh to found the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB).[12][13] The group performed sketch and improv around Chicago before moving to New York City in 1996. After moving to New York, the group scored a TV gig, appearing as sketch regulars on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, often playing her recurring role as Andy Richter's little sister, Stacy.[9][14] Other early members of UCB included Horatio Sanz, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, and Neil Flynn.

In 1998, Comedy Central debuted the group's eponymous half-hour sketch comedy series. During the show's second season, the group opened an improv theatre/training center in New York City at 161 W. 22nd Street, occupying the space of a former strip club. The UCB theatre held shows seven nights a week in addition to offering classes in sketch comedy writing and improv.[9] In the summer of 2000, Comedy Central canceled the Upright Citizens Brigade program after its third season, though the UCB Theatre continues to operate. The foursome continues to work together in many projects and frequently perform together in live improv shows at their comedy theatres in both New York and Los Angeles.

Saturday Night Live

Lorne Michaels and the cast of Saturday Night Live at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards for Political Satire 2008
Poehler with SNL co-stars and creator Lorne Michaels in 2008.

Poehler joined the cast of Saturday Night Live during the 2001–2002 season, her debut episode being the first one produced after the 9/11 attacks — with host Reese Witherspoon, musical guest Alicia Keys, and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a special guest. Poehler was promoted from featured player to full cast member in her first season on the show, making her the first woman and the third person to have earned this distinction (after Harry Shearer and Eddie Murphy).[15]

Beginning with the 2004–2005 season, she co-anchored "Weekend Update" with Tina Fey, replacing Jimmy Fallon. In a TV Guide interview, Fey said that with Poehler co-anchoring, there is "double the sexual tension". When Fey left after the 2005–2006 season to devote time to the sitcom she created, 30 Rock, Seth Meyers joined Poehler at the anchor desk. In 2008, Poehler was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,[16] the first SNL cast member recognized in this category. She was heavily favored to win by many critics, but ultimately lost to Jean Smart of Samantha Who?. She was nominated once again in 2009, but lost to Kristin Chenoweth of Pushing Daisies. On September 13, 2008, the SNL season premiere opened with Fey and Poehler as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, respectively, performing a joint political campaign spot.

It was announced on September 16, 2008, that Poehler would be leaving SNL in October to give birth to her first child. On the episode that aired on October 25, 2008, it was announced by "Weekend Update" co-anchor Seth Meyers, who anchored the segment alone, "Amy Poehler is not here because she is having a baby", to wild applause from the audience. At the end of "Weekend Update", special guest Maya Rudolph and cast member Kenan Thompson sang a custom rendition of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" for Poehler, changing the words: "We love you Amy, and we just can't wait to meet your baby!" Meyers signed off: "For Weekend Update, I'm Seth Meyers — we love you Amy!"

Poehler returned to the show on November 3, 2008, during the "SNL Presidential Bash '08", "hosting" as Hillary Clinton. The Bash was pre-taped from scenes shot between September and October. Her return to SNL after her pregnancy was on December 6, 2008, where she stayed for two weeks.[17] During "Weekend Update", on December 13, she thanked her family, friends, and fans for the continued support and announced that it would be her last show. On April 18, 2009, a Saturday Night Live special, "The Best of Amy Poehler", aired.[18] Poehler returned for "Weekend Update" (signing off with "...and he's Seth Meyers") and joined the "chorus" for Will Ferrell's "Goodnight Saigon" (along with the SNL cast and Tom Hanks, Maya Rudolph, Norm Macdonald, Paul Rudd, Artie Lange, Anne Hathaway, and Green Day) on the SNL season finale on May 16, 2009.

Poehler returned to the "Weekend Update" desk in the fall of 2009 with Meyers, for two "WU" Thursday episodes, which led directly into Parks and Recreation. She also returned to Saturday Night Live for a special Mother's Day episode on May 8, 2010, hosted by Betty White.[19]

Poehler returned to Saturday Night Live on September 25, 2010, to host the Season 36 opening episode with performer Katy Perry.[20] She returned once again for the Saturday Night Live special, "The Women of SNL". The special aired on November 1, 2010. Between the time she left and the time she hosted, she also returned several times to join Seth Meyers in their "Really!?! With Seth and Amy" segment on Weekend Update. The "Really!?!" segment has aired since with Meyers speaking doing the segment alone, although he was once accompanied by special guest Kermit the Frog and another time, with guest-host Kevin Hart. Poehler appeared as a guest in the Jimmy Fallon-hosted episode from December 17, 2011, starring in the opening sketch and a Weekend Update joke-off with Fallon, Meyers, and Tina Fey. She appeared again on the Maya Rudolph-hosted episode on February 18, 2012, reprising her role as Betty Caruso in the Bronx Beat sketch (with co-host Maya Rudolph), co-anchoring Weekend Update as well as a segment of "Really!?! With Seth and Amy", and appearing briefly as Hillary Clinton at the end of the "Obama Show" sketch.

In 2015, during Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary show, she returned to anchor "Weekend Update", this time with Tina Fey and Jane Curtin.[21]

SNL celebrity impressions

Among others, Poehler's SNL portrayals and impressions of celebrities have included: Hillary Clinton, Dakota Fanning, Avril Lavigne, Michael Jackson, Nancy Grace, Katie Couric, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Kelly Ripa, Britney Spears, Kim Jong-Il, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julia Roberts, Rosie Perez, Sharon Stone, Katie Holmes, Greta Van Susteren, Dolly Parton, J. K. Rowling, Fergie, Madonna, Anna Nicole Smith, Jenna Bush, and Pamela Anderson.

Parks and Recreation

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Poehler with Parks and Recreation co-star Aubrey Plaza at the 2012 Time 100 gala

Following the success of The Office, NBC ordered a new series from producers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur.[22][23] Schur and Poehler were friends from their time together at SNL where Schur worked as a writer.[23] In July 2008, Variety magazine reported that Poehler was in final negotiations to star in a series from Daniels and Schur, set to air on Thursdays before The Office, starting January 2009 on NBC.[24] Signing Poehler, who was pregnant with her first child, meant the new series would have to forgo a promised post-Super Bowl debut and cut its first season short, but Daniels and Schur chose to push back the series for Poehler.[23][25] On July 21, 2008, NBC announced Poehler's new series, Parks and Recreation, saying the project would not be a direct spin-off of The Office, as previously speculated.[22]

Poehler joined an ensemble cast including Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Schneider, Nick Offerman,[23] and at the end of season two, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe. Poehler plays Deputy Director of the Parks Department, Leslie Knope, in the fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana. After the first season received mixed reception, the show's second season received more positive reviews.[26] One key change between seasons one and two was to distinguish the character of Leslie from Michael Scott, the central of The Office.[23][26] Parks decidedly down-played Leslie's wackiness from season 1 and instead emphasized her intelligence, work ethic, and earnest nature.[23][26] The third, fourth and fifth seasons were also well received by critics, and Poehler received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her role. Poehler was featured in The Advocate for her role in the show.

Poehler wrote four episodes of the series, the first being "Telethon" in season two.[27] Her second was the episode entitled "The Fight", which aired on May 12, 2011. She both wrote and directed the season four episode "The Debate", for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy.[28] She co-wrote the final episode of the series, "One Last Ride" with co-creator Michael Schur, which aired on February 24, 2015.[29]

Poehler was again nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy in 2011.[30] She sent the episode "Flu Season" as her submission, but lost to Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly. She was nominated an additional two times in 2012, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy (having submitted the episode "Win, Lose, or Draw"), as well as Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for "The Debate". She lost the former to Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep, and the latter to Louis C.K. of Louie. She was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy in 2013. In 2014, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy at the 71st Golden Globe Awards, which she co-hosted with Tina Fey.

In 2011, the show won a Peabody Award for "developing a hilarious venue to explore the good side of American democracy in an age when that side is so rarely on display".[31]

Other television work

She also co-created an animated series for Nickelodeon called The Mighty B!, about Bessie Higgenbottom, a "sweet, merit-badge-obsessed girl scout", to which she lends her vocal talents.[32] In 2009, Poehler earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program.[33] She appeared as a recurring character in two episodes of the college dramedy, Undeclared.

She has been executive producer on series such as Difficult People[34] and Broad City.

In 2017, Poehler was announced as one of the executive producers alongside Natasha Lyonne and Leslye Headland for the Netflix comedy-drama series Russian Doll.[35] The series premiered on February 1, 2019.[36]

In June 2016, BBC America announced it is developing a scripted series called Zero Motivation. The project is being executive produced by Brooke Posch and Poehler.[37] Poehler is an executive producer on Three Busy Debras, a comedy series being produced for Adult Swim that stars Mitra Jouhari, Alyssa Stonoha, and Sandy Honig.[38]

Golden Globes co-host

Poehler and Fey hosted the Golden Globe Awards ceremony for the first time in 2013. Their inaugural appearance garnered attention due to a joke directed at Taylor Swift, who later responded with a Madeleine Albright quote: "There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women." Poehler's response to Swift's comment, made as part of a Vanity Fair interview, was humorous, agreeing that she will go to hell, but for "other reasons".[39]

Poehler hosted the Golden Globes ceremony with Fey again in 2014 as part of a three-year contract.[40][41] Gilbert Cruz, of the Vulture website, wrote: "They killed Iitlast year with their opening monologue and they did so again this year."[42]

Poehler and Fey hosted the Golden Globe Awards ceremony for the third successive time in 2015, confirming prior to the event that the third time would be their last.[41] Rolling Stone magazine wrote afterward that the pair "left no superstar unscathed during their riotous opening monologue," in which they "casually roasted the assembled masses". The Interview (2014), Bill Cosby and Steve Carell were among the numerous subjects covered in the routine.[43]

Welcome to Sweden

Welcome to Sweden is a Swedish sitcom that premiered on TV4 on March 21, 2014. On July 10, 2014, the series began airing on NBC in the United States, and on The Comedy Network in Canada. It is based on the experiences of Greg Poehler, who moved with his girlfriend to her native country of Sweden in 2006. On April 7, 2014, TV4 picked up the show for its second season of ten episodes. NBC followed suit on August 4, 2014.[44] Season two premiered on July 19, 2015 in the United States.[45] The series was canceled by NBC on July 28, 2015, due to low ratings.[46] Amy Poehler makes cameo appearances in multiple episodes as herself as a celebrity client of her brother's character, a former New York tax accountant. She is also co-executive producer with him.[47]

Making It

In March 2017, NBC ordered to series a Poehler produced crafting series, then-titled The Handmade Project.[48] The show, retitled Making It debuted on NBC in July 2018 with Poehler and her Parks and Recreation co-star Nick Offerman as co-hosts.[49] The debut episode tied for the highest rated premiere of summer 2018.[50]

Film career

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey by David Shankbone
Tina Fey and Poehler at the premiere of Baby Mama in New York, April 2008

In 1999, Poehler had a small role in the movie Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.[51] The following year, Poehler was cast in the film Wet Hot American Summer.[52] Wet Hot American Summer was the first film from David Wain, who cast Poehler based on her work with Upright Citizen's Brigade.[52] The film, which cost only $1.8 million to make, was not a success initially when it was released in 2001. It gained a following after its release on DVD.[52]

Poehler has also appeared in the films Sisters, Mean Girls, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Blades of Glory, Envy, Shrek the Third, Mr. Woodcock, Hamlet 2, and Inside Out. Poehler appears in the film Southland Tales, which premiered on May 21, 2006, at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. In 2008, she appeared in Horton Hears a Who!, Hamlet 2, Baby Mama, and Spring Breakdown.

Other work

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. Launched by the Texas-based ON Networks distributor, the official press release stated that the show "aims to help girls find confidence in their own aspirations and talents." In each episode, Poehler interviews a girl with a "unique talent, community interest or point of view." The first season of Smart Girls at the Party premiered online November 17, 2008, with Mattel's Barbie signed on as the lead sponsor.[53] Smart Girls at the Party returned in 2012 as part of the YouTube Original Channel Initiative that focused upon the creation of new content. The new Smart Girls at the Party YouTube Channel went live on July 2, 2012, including new episodes of Smart Girls at the Party along with additional shows by Poehler, Walker, and Miles.[54]

In 2011, Poehler was included on Time's "100 most influential people in the world".[55] She also delivered the Class Day address to Harvard University's class of 2011.[56]

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Poehler at the 2012 Peabody Awards

Also in 2014, the Smart Girls at the Party project, described as an "online community" in the announcement, 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." By the time of the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, over five million views were registered on its YouTube channel and over 550,000 fans had liked the initiative on Facebook.[57] On the Smart Girls YouTube channel, viewers have the opportunity to ask for life advice from Poehler in segments called Ask Amy.[58]

Poehler's memoir, Yes Please, was published on October 28, 2014.[59] She explained in a promotional interview with National Public Radio (NPR) that she was "used to writing in characters and not really writing about myself ... it was easier to share the early parts of my life rather than my own current events." Topics covered in the book include body image, parenthood, and learning about the limitations of physical appearance.[60]

As of 2017, Poehler is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[61] In 2018, she attended the 75th Golden Globe Awards with activist Saru Jayaraman as a guest.[62]

Personal life

Poehler married actor Will Arnett on August 29, 2003,[63] and had a recurring role on the series Arrested Development as the wife of Arnett's character Gob Bluth. They also played a quasi-incestuous brother-sister ice skating team in the 2007 film Blades of Glory, and appeared together in Horton Hears a Who!, On Broadway, Spring Breakdown, KIDSCITY: The Village Dome of Kids and Monsters vs. Aliens, along with Arnett having a guest appearance on Parks and Recreation. Both also did voice acting in The Secret World of Arrietty.

Together, Poehler and Arnett have two sons born in October 2008[64] and August 2010.[65] Poehler and Arnett announced on September 6, 2012 that they were separating.[66] Arnett filed for divorce on April 8, 2014.[67] The divorce was finalized on July 29, 2016.[68]

From 2013 until 2015, Poehler dated fellow comedian Nick Kroll.


  • Poehler, Amy (2014). Yes Please. Dey Street. ISBN 978-0062268341.


Year Association Category Work Result
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedian Saturday Night Live Won
2006 Prism Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedian Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best WTF Moment Baby Mama Won
Best Comedic Performance Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite On-Screen Match Up (with Tina Fey) Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program The Mighty B! Nominated
2010 Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Comedy Actress Parks and Recreation Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Best Comedy Series (as producer) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress — Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Variety Power of Comedy Award[69] Career Won
2012 The Comedy Awards Best Comedy Actress Parks and Recreation Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Best Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress — Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Nominated
Producers Guild of America Best Episodic Comedy Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress — Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy Nominated
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Writers Guild of America Television: Comedy Series Nominated
2013 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress — Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Writers Guild of America Television: Comedy Series Nominated
Episodic Comedy Nominated
Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role – Comedy[70] Won
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Best Comedy Series Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy Nominated
Writers Guild of America Television: Comedy Series Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Cameo Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Broad City Nominated
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Parks and Recreation Nominated
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Writers Guild of America Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) — Specials Won
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Broad City Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Parks and Recreation Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Inside Out Nominated
2016 Annie Award Voice Acting in a Feature Production Nominated
Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Voice in an Animated Movie Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie Voice[71] Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album Yes Please Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Won

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with Tina Fey 2004–2006
with Seth Meyers 2006–2008

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Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

Amy Poehler's Smart Girls is an organization and website aimed at helping young women with life's problems in a funny but informative way. It was founded by actor Amy Poehler, Executive Director Meredith Walker, who was the former senior producer for Nick News and the head of talent for Saturday Night Live, and recording artist Amy Miles, who is involved in the musical content on the site.

"Founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. We emphasize intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.” We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves. We are funny first, and informative second, hosting the party you want to attend." Smart Girls was purchased by Legendary Entertainment in 2014.

Baby Mama (film)

Baby Mama is a 2008 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Michael McCullers in his directorial debut and starring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, and Sigourney Weaver.

Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series

The Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series is one of the award categories presented annually by the Critics' Choice Television Awards (BTJA) to recognize the work done by television actresses. It was introduced in 2011 when the event was first initiated. The winners are selected by a group of television critics that are part of the Broadcast Television Critics Association.

History of Saturday Night Live (2000–05)

Saturday Night Live is an American sketch comedy series created and produced by Lorne Michaels for most of the show's run. The show has aired on NBC since 1975.

These years saw many cast changes, most prominently Will Ferrell's exit in 2002 and Jimmy Fallon's exit in 2004. Cast members hired during this period that would later have a huge impact on the show include Fred Armisen and Amy Poehler.

List of awards and nominations received by Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation is an American situation comedy created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. The show premiered on NBC on April 9, 2009 and concluded on February 24, 2015 after airing seven seasons. The series stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, an ambitious, mid-level bureaucrat working in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. The sitcom features an ensemble cast, including Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Paul Schneider, Jim O'Heir and Retta, among others.The show was nominated for a variety of different awards throughout its run, including sixteen Primetime Emmy Award nominations, twice as a comedy series and twice for writing. Parks and Recreation was also nominated for fifteen Critics' Choice Television Awards (three wins), two Art Directors Guild Awards, four Golden Globe Awards (one win), a Peabody Award (one win), a Producers Guild of America Award, five Satellite Awards, and five Writers Guild of America Awards, among other awards.

Poehler received the most recognition with 25 nominations for acting, winning an American Comedy Award, a Critics' Choice Television Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Gracie Award, as well as receiving six consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, without any wins. Plaza has seven nominations, while Scott, Ansari, Offerman, and Jones each received two nominations for acting. Throughout its seven-year run, Parks and Recreation won 13 awards from a total of 75 nominations.

Making It (TV series)

Making It (originally titled The Handmade Project) is an American reality competition series, co-hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. The series premiered on July 31, 2018, on NBC.The show features craftspeople skilled in different mediums competing to be named the "Master Maker" and win $100,000. Each week, competitors make two handmade projects--a "Faster Craft" and a "Master Craft." The winner of each challenge earns a patch. For the Faster Craft, makers have three hours to create an item. For the Master Craft, they have a longer time to create a more elaborate themed collection. At the end of every episode, one person is sent home based on their performance in the Master Craft.On August 21, 2018, NBC renewed the series for a second season.

Russian Doll (TV series)

Russian Doll is an American comedy-drama web television series, created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, that premiered on February 1, 2019, on Netflix. The series follows a woman who repeatedly dies and relives the same night in an ongoing time loop. It stars Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Charlie Barnett, and Elizabeth Ashley.

Saturday Night Live TV show sketches

Saturday Night Live has long mocked the television medium with many fake commercials and parodies of TV shows themselves. Another of the show's frequently used styles of recurring sketches has been the talk show format (e.g. "The Brian Fellowes Show", "Barry Gibb Talk Show", etc.). However, anything from cop shows to children's shows has been fair game for the ever-changing cast.

Sketches with TV show themes are listed here chronologically by order of first appearance.

The Mr. Bill Show – February 28, 1976

Consumer Probe (Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Candice Bergen) – December 11, 1976

E. Buzz Miller and Christie Christina (Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman) – January 22, 1977

Leonard Pinth-Garnell (Dan Aykroyd) – March 12, 1977

The Ex-Police (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) – October 15, 1977

Woman to Woman (Gilda Radner) – October 21, 1978

Telepsychic (Dan Aykroyd) – December 9, 1978

The Bel-Airabs (Don Novello, Bill Murray, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman) – December 8, 1979

What's It All About (Gilbert Gottfried, Denny Dillon) – November 15, 1980

Mister Robinson's Neighborhood (Eddie Murphy) – February 21, 1981

Fernando's Hideaway (Billy Crystal) – November 3, 1984

The Limits of the Imagination (Randy Quaid) – November 9, 1985

The Pat Stevens Show (Nora Dunn) – November 16, 1985

The Church Lady (Dana Carvey) – October 11, 1986

Instant Coffee with Bill Smith (Kevin Nealon) – October 18, 1986

Miss Connie's Fable Nook (Jan Hooks, Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Kevin Nealon) – November 8, 1986

Pumping Up with Hans & Franz (Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon) – October 17, 1987

Learning To Feel (Nora Dunn) – January 23, 1988

Wayne's World (Dana Carvey, Mike Myers) – February 18, 1989

Cooking with the Anal Retentive Chef (Phil Hartman) – April 1, 1989

Tales Of Ribaldry (Jon Lovitz) – April 1, 1989

Sprockets (Mike Myers) – April 15, 1989

Lank Thompson (Mike Myers) – October 21, 1989

The Dark Side with Nat X (Chris Rock, Chris Farley) – November 10, 1990

Simon (Mike Myers) – November 10, 1990

Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley (Al Franken) – February 9, 1991

Coffee Talk with Linda Richman (Mike Myers) – October 12, 1991

Theatre Stories (Mike Myers, Julia Sweeney, Dana Carvey) – December 14, 1991

Sassy's Sassiest Boys (Phil Hartman) – February 6, 1993

The Denise Show (Adam Sandler) – October 2, 1993

Good Morning Brooklyn (Jay Mohr) – November 12, 1994

Perspectives with Lionel Osbourne (Tim Meadows) – January 21, 1995

Scottish Soccer Hooligan Weekly (Mike Myers, Mark McKinney) – January 21, 1995

The Joe Pesci Show (Jim Breuer) – December 2, 1995

The Quiet Storm (Tim Meadows) – October 19, 1996

Shopping At Home Network (Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan) – November 16, 1996

Delicious Dish (Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Rachel Dratch, Alec Baldwin) – November 16, 1996

Celebrity Jeopardy! (Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Norm Macdonald, and various others) – December 7, 1996

Goth Talk (Molly Shannon, Chris Kattan, Jim Breuer) – April 12, 1997

Leon Phelps, The Ladies Man (Tim Meadows) – October 4, 1997

Issues with Jeffrey Kaufman (Jim Breuer) – October 18, 1997

Morning Latte (Cheri Oteri, Will Ferrell) – October 25, 1997

Pretty Living (Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer) – March 14, 1998

Hello Dolly (Ana Gasteyer) – October 3, 1998

The How Do You Say? Ah, Yes, Show (Chris Kattan, Jimmy Fallon) – October 17, 1998

Dog Show (Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon) – December 5, 1998

Pimp Chat (Tracy Morgan, Tim Meadows) – December 5, 1998

Jarret's Room (Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz) – December 16, 2000

Wake Up Wakefield! (Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz) – March 17, 2001

America Undercover (Chris Kattan, Amy Poehler) – November 3, 2001

The Ferey Muhtar Talk Show (Horatio Sanz) – March 16, 2002

Top O' the Morning (Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon) – October 19, 2002

Pranksters (Seth Meyers) – February 22, 2003

Spy Glass (Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers) – November 1, 2003

Appalachian Emergency Room (Seth Meyers, Chris Parnell, and various others) – January 10, 2004

The Prince Show (Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph) – February 14, 2004

¡Show Biz Grande Explosion! (Fred Armisen as Fericito (see 2002–2003), Horatio Sanz) – March 6, 2004

Vincent Price's Holiday Special (Bill Hader) – November 19, 2005

Deep House Dish (Kenan Thompson, Rachel Dratch, Andy Samberg) – November 19, 2005

The Dakota Fanning Show (Amy Poehler) – February 3, 2007

Dateline (Bill Hader) – November 22, 2008

Saturday Night Live in the 2000s

Saturday Night Live in the 2000s is a two-hour documentary television special that showcases the years of Saturday Night Live from 2000–2009. It features interviews with the cast and crew from those years, and aired on NBC on April 15, 2010.

Topics discussed include Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey as the new Weekend Update anchors after the departure of Colin Quinn, how SNL became popular for its spoofs on the 2000 United States presidential election, how the show's humor survived the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax scare, Will Ferrell's departure at the end of season 27 and the search for a replacement cast member to play George W. Bush, SNL's shaky years between seasons 28 and 30 due to Jimmy Fallon's and Horatio Sanz's cracking up on camera, Jimmy Fallon's departure from the show, Amy Poehler teaming up with Tina Fey for Weekend Update, the hiring of Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Kristen Wiig, and SNL regaining its popularity with the Digital Shorts, and fan-favorite host Justin Timberlake.

Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Rachel Dratch, Abby Elliott, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgins, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Will Forte, Bill Hader, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, Marci Klein, John McCain, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Horatio Sanz, Akiva Schaffer, Molly Shannon, Michael Shoemaker, Jason Sudeikis, Jorma Taccone, Kenan Thompson, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Walken and Kristen Wiig provided comments for the special.

Saturday Night Live parodies of Hillary Clinton

The sketch comedy television show Saturday Night Live (SNL) has for almost three decades aired a number of sketches parodying Hillary Clinton, from her time as First Lady, and during both her presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2016.A total of nine different performers have played Hillary Clinton on SNL. The array of SNL cast members portraying Clinton has included Jan Hooks, Janeane Garofalo, Vanessa Bayer, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, and Kate McKinnon. Guest stars playing Clinton have included Drew Barrymore and Rachel Dratch. One sketch even featured Miley Cyrus in a guest appearance as Clinton, rapping: "What's up y'all? I'm like Hillary Clint [sic], and I wanna be president one day."

Seth Meyers

Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American comedian, writer, actor, and television host. He hosts Late Night with Seth Meyers, a late-night talk show that airs on NBC. Prior to that, he was a head writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live (2001–2014) and hosted the show's news parody segment, Weekend Update.

Meyers appeared in the film Journey to the Center of the Earth in 2008, hosted the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2014 and voiced the character Jeremy "Prock" Awesome in The Awesomes (2013–2015). In 2018, Meyers hosted the 75th Golden Globe Awards.

Sisters (2015 film)

Sisters is a 2015 American comedy film directed by Jason Moore and written by Paula Pell. The second collaboration between Tina Fey and Amy Poehler following the 2008 film Baby Mama, it received mixed reviews, though most critics praised the chemistry of the lead actresses. The film was released on December 18, 2015 by Universal Pictures and grossed $105 million on a production budget of $33 million.

TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy

The TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy is an award given by the Television Critics Association.

The House (2017 film)

The House is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Andrew J. Cohen, and co-written by Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. The film stars Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins, Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman, Rob Huebel, Michaela Watkins, and Jeremy Renner, and follows a couple who open an underground casino in their friend's house in order to pay for their daughter's college tuition.

Principal photography began on September 14, 2015 in Los Angeles. The film was released on June 30, 2017, by Warner Bros. Pictures, received negative reviews from critics and grossed $34 million worldwide against its $40 million budget.

The Mighty B!

The Mighty B is an American animated television series created by Amy Poehler, Cynthia True and Erik Wiese for Nickelodeon. The series centers on Bessie Higgenbottom, an ambitious Honeybee girl scout who believes she will become The Mighty B (a superhero) if she collects every Honeybee badge. Bessie lives in San Francisco with her single mother Hilary, brother Ben and dog Happy. Poehler provides the voice of Bessie, who is loosely based on the character Cassie McMadison who Poehler played on the improvisational comedy troupes Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City.

The series ran on Nickelodeon from April 26, 2008 to January 16, 2010 when it was moved to Nicktoons on November 6, 2010. The series ended on June 12, 2011. Since its debut, the show has attracted an average 3.1 million viewers. In the second quarter of 2008, the show ranked among the top five animated programs on television.In September 2008, the show was renewed for a second and final season with 20 episodes that premiered on September 21, 2009.The Mighty B was nominated for six Annie Awards and four Daytime Emmy Awards, winning one Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation. It has garnered one Artios Award nomination and one Golden Reel Award nomination.

Upright Citizens Brigade

The Upright Citizens Brigade is an improvisational and sketch comedy group that emerged from Chicago's ImprovOlympic in 1990. The original incarnation of the group consisted of Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, Horatio Sanz and Drew Franklin. Other early members included Neil Flynn, Armando Diaz, Ali Farahnakian and Rich Fulcher.

In 2013, Besser, Roberts and Walsh wrote The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual.

Weekend Update

Weekend Update is a Saturday Night Live sketch and fictional news program that comments on and parodies current events. It is the show's longest-running recurring sketch, having been on since the show's first broadcast, and is typically presented in the middle of the show immediately after the first musical performance. One or two of the players are cast in the role of news anchor, presenting gag news items based on current events and acting as hosts for occasional editorials, commentaries, or other performances by other cast members or guests. Chevy Chase has claimed that Weekend Update – which he started as anchor in 1975 – paved the way for comedic news shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Will Arnett

William Emerson Arnett (; born May 4, 1970) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and producer. He is best known for his role as George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the Fox/Netflix series Arrested Development (2003–2006, 2013–present). He has appeared in films such as Blades of Glory (2007), Hot Rod (2007) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). He is a prolific voice actor with film roles including Ratatouille (2007), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Despicable Me (2010), The Nut Job (2014) and Batman in the Lego Movie franchise. He also voices the titular character in the Netflix series BoJack Horseman (2014–present).

Wine Country (film)

Wine Country is an upcoming American comedy film set to premiere on Netflix. The film is produced and directed by Amy Poehler who is also set to star alongside Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey, and Tina Fey. It is scheduled to be released on May 10, 2019, on Netflix.

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