Amy Poehler
American actress and comedienne
Amy Poehler
Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, producer and writer. She was a cast member on the NBC television entertainment show Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2009. In 2004, she had a minor role in the film Mean Girls with Tina Fey, with whom she worked again in Baby Mama in 2008. She is currently the lead of NBC's comedy Parks and Recreation.
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NBC Reportedly In Talks To Air 'Weekend Update' Spinoff Series
Huffington Post - 13 days
”Weekend Update” could be headed to primetime.  NBC is reportedly in talks to air a weekly edition of the “Saturday Night Live” segment ― a staple on the sketch show since it first aired in 1975 ― according to Politico. A representative for NBC said they had no comment at this time. If the news is true, it comes at a good time for “SNL,” which has seen a 22 percent increase in viewership this season, according to Variety.  “SNL” has no doubt made the most of the seemingly endless supply of material provided by Donald Trump since he was elected president. In that sense, launching a spinoff of “Weekend Update” makes sense. A longer time slot means more room for political commentary and, perhaps, more cameos by Alec Baldwin, who’s been impersonating Trump all season. (We’d also happily watch Larry David, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy play Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Sean Spicer, respectively, again.) Politico reports the series might air on Thursday nights somet ...
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Best new artist: Some celebrities wrote their first checks to candidates in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Alec Baldwin (right) won a Golden Globe in 2007 for his work on "30 Rock" and posed with Donald Trump, actress Tina Fey and Melania Trump. Nine years later Baldwin played Trump on Saturday Night Live -- but he contributed to no presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) BY: Andrew Mayersohn The Hollywood liberal has been a stock figure in American politics for decades. Conservative politicians have long denounced or mocked the alleged political influence of musicians, TV stars, and Golden Globe recipients. While the entertainment industry does indeed lean well to the left, though, most of that money comes from producers and media magnates, not the people you see on screen. The only household names in the entertainment industry to make our list of top 100 donors in 2016 were Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks and the conservative McMahons of the WWE (and, now, the Small Business Administration). In terms of the "talent," though, the same handful of politically aware celeb ...
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Golden Globes Ratings Rise Despite Jimmy Fallon's Attempts At Hosting
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Can A Safety Pin Really Pop Our Collective Angst?
Huffington Post - 3 months
In the aftermath of the election, wounds have been ripped open, hatred unleashed, protests are in full force. Safety, arguably a myth to begin with in the first place, has gone out the window. The tension is incredible. People are out of sorts. Most of us have gotten very little sleep. The biggest moon in seventy years is about to rise on Monday. How much crazier can it get? And sadly, as surreal as it seems, it's not all that shocking for anyone outside the fringes of the dominant. At moments like this, acts of solidarity seem not only appropriate, but necessary to our survival. Solidarity is defined as "the ties in a society that bind people together as one". Given the unraveling occurring right before our eyes, it seems like the right time. Taking the lead from Britain's' post-Brexit angst, Americans are strapping on safety pins to show solidarity with those most vulnerable to being attacked, marginalized, or even deported. Which is far too many of us. When yo ...
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A Return for Carol Burnett, With Some Help From Amy Poehler
NYTimes - 4 months
A multicamera comedy, about a family on the brink of buying a dream house but must live with the tenant (Ms. Burnett), is being developed by ABC.
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'Parks And Recreation' Doubles As A Love Letter To Politics At Its Best
Yahoo News - 4 months
It’s the politics that, unfairly, sometimes gets lost when we reminisce about the best Ron Swanson one-liners or when fans swap Leslie Knope feminist memes on Twitter. Don’t get me wrong, Pyramids of Greatness and listicles chronicling every time Amy Poehler’s character shut down sexism on the show are great, but in a time when our political system has morphed into a bad reality TV show, we need a reminder of the power government has to affect positive change and to unite people, not divide them. In Pawnee, politics often fuels the storylines – from Leslie’s tireless battle to turn the pit beside best friend Ann Perkins’ house into a beautiful new park to her run for city council, her fight against giant tech corporations and sugar monopolies like Sweetums, her husband’s campaign for mayor and her eventual turn at the White House.
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Tina Fey's Face After That Bill Cosby Joke At The Emmys Says It All
Huffington Post - 5 months
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'M.I.L.P: Moms I'd Like to Portray' Celebrates Hollywood's Depiction of Women and Motherhood
Huffington Post - 5 months
In M.I.L.P., Carrie tries to join the ranks of Hollywood's best mom actresses, (Julie Bowen, Patricia Heaton, Lauren Graham) only to find she needs to earn that privilege by successfully portraying a wide range of mom roles. With guest appearances by comedians Eric Gersen and Aaron Jackson. Directed by Hunter Nelson. Thursday, September 15 and Thursday, September 29th, 8:00pm, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (Chelsea, NY) The hilarious Carrie McCrossen took us behind the scenes of her empowering sketch comedy show M.I.L.P: Moms I'd Like to Portray. What inspired you to write M.I.L.P.? I spend a lot of time auditioning to play moms in commercials and on TV. And I started to become interested in how moms are presented in media. What makes me a "mom type?" There are several "mom archetypes" that seem to appear across a lot of media. And I think they reflect our expectations (and our judgments) of motherhood. I thought it would be fun to explore all that with a charac ...
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Amy Poehler wins her first Emmy
CNN - 5 months
Amy Poehler won't be able to host an Emmy losers party anymore.
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Amy Poehler finally wins and 'Game of Thrones' wins big at the Creative Arts Emmys
LATimes - 5 months
Amy Poehler has lost out on winning an Emmy a frustrating 16 times. But nomination No. 17 proved to be her lucky number Saturday, making her win one of the highlights of the first night of the Creative Arts Emmys, Poehler finally took home a statue for best comedy series guest actress alongside...
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How 'Parks And Rec' Embraced Diversity And Shattered Stereotypes
Huffington Post - 6 months
I miss 'Parks and Rec', I really do. It was one of the best shows on television -- fresh, funny, heart-warming, relatable and riveting. It strayed from its 'Office' co-relation in a big way because of one thing: the people in the 'Parks and Rec' office liked each other. They supported, loved and rooted for each other. They even stopped their whole lives and put a pause on their daily tasks just to help their best friend and boss, Leslie Knope, (played by the crazy talented Amy Poehler) run a campaign when her hired team quit on her. These co-workers were her very best friends, and she was theirs. What a Hufflepuff show if there ever was one. 'Parks and Rec' had Amy Poehler's golden touch all over it. It was smart and hilarious without ever going in the dirt for jokes. It had a diverse and vibrant cast that brought the plot to the next level and gave it a life of its own. Each actor's character was their own actual personality, and that's what gave each episode script its strength ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Amy Poehler
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    Poehler announced her support of Democrat Hillary Clinton early in the 2016 Presidential Election.
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    An 18-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee, she won the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live.
    More Details Hide Details Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to school teachers Eileen and William Poehler. Her brother, Greg Poehler, is a producer and actor. She grew up in nearby Burlington. Her father is of English, German, Irish, and Portuguese ancestry, while her mother is of Irish descent.
  • 2015
    Age 43
    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.
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  • 2014
    Age 42
    Poehler's memoir, Yes Please, was published on October 28, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Arnett filed for divorce on April 8, 2014. The divorce was finalized on July 29, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Poehler has been a long supporter of the Democratic Party. She has also donated money to Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.
    Poehler hosted the Golden Globes ceremony with Fey again in 2014 as part of a three-year contract.
    More Details Hide Details Gilbert Cruz, of the Vulture website, wrote: "They killed it last year with their opening monologue and they did so again this year." 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. On the Smart Girls YouTube channel, viewers have the opportunity to ask for life advice from Poehler in segments called Ask Amy.
  • 2013
    Age 41
    Poehler and Fey hosted the Golden Globe Awards ceremony for the first time in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    She also delivered the Class Day address to Harvard University's class of 2011.
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    In 2011, Poehler was included on TIME's "100 most influential people in the world".
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    Poehler was again nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
    Her second was the episode entitled "The Fight", which aired on May 12, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details 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. She co-wrote the final episode of the series, "One Last Ride" with co-creator Mike Schur, which aired on February 24, 2015.
  • 2010
    Age 38
    Poehler has written four episodes of the series, the first being "Telethon" in season two, which was the episode Poehler sent in as her Emmy Award submission in 2010.
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    Poehler returned to Saturday Night Live on September 25, 2010, to host the Season 36 opening episode with performer Katy Perry.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    She also returned to Saturday Night Live for a special Mother's Day episode on May 8, 2010, hosted by Betty White.
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  • 2009
    Age 37
    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.
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    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.
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    On April 18, 2009, a Saturday Night Live special, "The Best of Amy Poehler", aired.
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  • 2008
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Poehler joined an ensemble cast including Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Schneider, Nick Offerman, 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, third, fourth and fifth have been 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.
    Her return to SNL after her pregnancy was on December 6, 2008, where she stayed for two weeks.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Poehler returned to the show on November 3, 2008, during the "SNL Presidential Bash '08", "hosting" as Hillary Clinton.
    More Details Hide Details The Bash was pre-taped from scenes shot between September and October.
    On the October 25, 2008 episode, 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.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of "Weekend Update", special guest Maya Rudolph and current 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!"
    It was officially announced on September 16, 2008, that Poehler would be leaving SNL in October to give birth to her first child.
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    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".
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    In 2008, Poehler was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, the first SNL cast member recognized in this category.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2005
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 32
    Beginning with the 2004–2005 season, she co-anchored "Weekend Update" with Tina Fey, replacing the newly departed Jimmy Fallon.
    More Details Hide Details In a TV Guide interview, Fey said that with Poehler co-anchoring, there now is "double the sexual tension".
  • 2003
    Age 31
    She married actor Will Arnett on August 29, 2003, and had a recurring role on the series Arrested Development as the wife of Arnett's character Gob Bluth.
    More Details Hide Details 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, 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: Archie (born October 2008) and Abel (born August 2010). Poehler and Arnett announced on September 6, 2012, that they were separating.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 29
    Poehler joined the cast of SNL 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.
    More Details Hide Details Poehler was promoted from featured player to full cast member in her first season on the show, making her only the third person to have earned this distinction (after Harry Shearer and Eddie Murphy).
  • 1998
    Age 26
    In 1998, Comedy Central debuted the group's eponymous half-hour sketch comedy series.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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 continue 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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Age 17
    She was raised as a Catholic, and graduated from Burlington High School in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details While attending Boston College, Poehler was a member of the improv comedy troupe My Mother's Fleabag. 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. She also studied with Del Close at ImprovOlympic. 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). The group performed sketch and improv around Chicago before moving to New York City in 1996. Immediately after moving to New York, the group quickly scored a TV gig, appearing as sketch regulars on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Other early members of UCB included Horatio Sanz, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, and Neil Flynn.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on September 16, 1971.
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