Comedian and Actress, "Saturday Night Live" (2001-08)
Star of feature films, "Mean Girls" (2004), and "Baby Mama" (2008)
Star of NBC sitcom, "Parks and Recreation" (present)
Amy Poehler got her big break when she was hired as a featured performer on “Saturday Night Live.” Amy Poehler debuted in September 2001, appearing in the first “SNL” show to air after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She was promoted from featured player to full cast member midway through her first season, becoming the first woman and only the third person ever (after Harry Shearer and Eddie Murphy) to do so. When Jimmy Fallon left the show in 2004, Poehler joined Tina Fey as a co-anchor of Weekend Update.
In 2004, Poehler starred in the film “Mean Girls,” famously playing the surgically-enhanced “cool mom” of Rachel McAdams’ character. In 2008, Poehler and Fey teamed up to star in “Baby Mama,” where Poehler plays a surrogate mother carrying a child for an uptight Fey.
Poehler had one of her busiest years on “SNL” portraying Hillary Clinton in a series of skits about the 2008 election. When John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, Poehler performed alongside Fey’s spot-on impression of the nominee. When the real Sarah Palin appeared on the show, a nine-months-pregnant Poehler performed a gangster rap about the Alaska governor while Palin swayed to the beat beside her.
Poehler left “SNL” in December 2008 but returned immediately to television with “Parks and Recreation,” playing an over-eager bureaucrat in a fictional Midwestern town. She also launched a Web series called “Smart Girls at the Party,” featuring interviews with “girls who are changing the world by being themselves.”
Poehler has become one of television’s top comediennes with the success of her sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” For her work on the show, she has received several Emmy nominations as an actress, writer and producer. Poehler is also set to appear on the big screen with “Parks and Recreation” co-star Adam Scott in the upcoming comedy “A.C.O.D.”
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