Amy Poehler

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Amy Poehler

Poehler at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon 2012.
BornAmy Meredith Poehler
(1971-09-16) September 16, 1971 (age 41)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Education(BA) from Boston College
Alma materThe Second City
OccupationActress, comedian, writer, producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Will Arnett (2003–present, separated)
Children2
 
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Amy Poehler

Poehler at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon 2012.
BornAmy Meredith Poehler
(1971-09-16) September 16, 1971 (age 41)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Education(BA) from Boston College
Alma materThe Second City
OccupationActress, comedian, writer, producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Will Arnett (2003–present, separated)
Children2

Amy Meredith Poehler (play /ˈplər/; born September 16, 1971) 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 2008. 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. She has been nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on Saturday Night Live, and three times for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Parks and Recreation. For the latter series, she also received a 2012 Golden Globe Award nomination. Poehler is also a member of the renowned comedy troupe the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), who had their own sketch series on Comedy Central from 1998 to 2000. Poehler and the UCB went on to found the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, which has since become one of the most visible and influential breeding grounds for improvisational comedy since they opened in 1999. The UCB now operate theaters in both New York and Los Angeles, where they also continue to run their highly accredited comedy classes.

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Early life

Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, and grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Eileen Frances (née Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler, both teachers.[1] She is a distant cousin of author Stephen King and U.S. senator Scott Brown, through shared New England ancestry.[2][3][4] Poehler was raised Catholic.[1]

A 1993 graduate of Boston College, Poehler was a member of America's oldest collegiate improv comedy troupe, "My Mother's Fleabag."[1] After graduating from college, Poehler moved to Chicago, where she studied improvisational theatre at Second City, with friend and future co-star Tina Fey.[1] She also studied with Del Close at ImprovOlympic, going on to become part of the touring company as well as teaching classes at IO.

Career

Upright Citizens Brigade

During her time at Second City and Improv Olympic in Chicago, Poehler studied under Del Close and Charna Halpern along with Matt Besser, where they were part of the original improv team called the Upright Citizens Brigade. While the group initially consisted of many members (including Horatio Sanz, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, and Neil Flynn), Poehler quickly became part of the group along with Matt Walsh. The two, along with Besser and Ian Roberts, performed sketch and improv around Chicago before moving to New York in 1996.[1] Immediately after moving to New York, the group quickly scored a TV gig, appearing as sketch regulars on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

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 and 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.[1]

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 NY and LA.

Saturday Night Live

Poehler joined the cast of SNL during the 2001–02 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 only the third person to have earned this distinction (after Harry Shearer and Eddie Murphy).[5]

Beginning with the 2004–05 season, she co-anchored "Weekend Update" with Tina Fey, replacing the newly departed Jimmy Fallon. In a TV Guide interview, Fey said that with Poehler co-anchoring, there now is "double the sexual tension." When Fey left after the 2005–06 season to devote time to the sitcom she created, 30 Rock, Seth Meyers joined Poehler at the anchor desk. Poehler was nominated for a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series,[6] 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 officially announced on September 16, 2008 that Poehler would be leaving SNL in October due to the birth of her child. 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. 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!"

Web promo for 2008 web video of Palin (Fey) and Clinton (Poehler) from NBC.com.

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.[7] 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.[8] 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, 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. Poehler also returned to Saturday Night Live for a special Mother's Day episode on May 8, 2010, hosted by Betty White.[9]

Poehler returned to Saturday Night Live on September 25, 2010 to host the Season 36 opening episode with performer Katy Perry.[10] 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. Poehler appeared as a guest in the December 18, 2011 Jimmy-Fallon-hosted episode, starring in the opening sketch and a Weekend Update joke-off with Fallon, Meyers and Tina Fey. She appeared once again on the February 18, 2012 Maya Rudolph-hosted episode, 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 "The Obama Show" sketch.

Parks and Recreation

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

In July 2008, Variety reported that Poehler was in final negotiations to star in a series by writers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, set to air on Thursdays before The Office, starting January 2009 on NBC.[11] On July 21, 2008, NBC officially announced Poehler's new series, Parks and Recreation, saying the project would not be a direct spin-off of The Office, as previously speculated.[12]

Poehler joined an ensemble cast including Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Schneider, Nick Offerman, and starting with the third season, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe. Poehler plays Deputy Director of the Parks Department, Leslie Knope, in the fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana. After a rough first season, the show's second and third season have been well received by critics, and Poehler received an Emmy nomination for her role. NBC has since aired Parks and Recreation for a fourth season that ended in May, 2012. Poehler was featured in The Advocate for her role in the show.

Amy Poehler has also written three episodes of the series, the first being Telethon in season 2, which was the episode Poehler sent in as her Emmy Awards submission in 2010. The second one is the episode entitled The Fight, which aired on May 12, 2011. She both wrote and directed the 4th season episode "The Debate".[13]

Poehler was once again nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy in 2011. She sent the episode Flu Season as her submission, but lost to Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly.

Film career and other work

Tina Fey and Poehler at the premiere of Baby Mama in New York.

Poehler has appeared in the films Wet Hot American Summer, Mean Girls, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, Blades of Glory, Envy, Shrek the Third, Mr. Woodcock, and Hamlet 2. In 2008, she began producing a digital series with two of her friends, Meredith Walker and Amy Miles, Smart Girls at the Party, available through ON Networks.[14][15] The show is focused on interviews with young women who are "changing the world by being themselves".[16] The first season of 'Smart Girls at the Party' premiered online November 17, 2008, with Mattel's Barbie signed on as the lead sponsor. Smart Girls at the Party is returning to production in 2012 as part of Google's 100 Channel YouTube initiative to create new content. The new Smart Girls at the Party YouTube Channel will go live on July 2, 2012 and include new episodes of Smart Girls at the Party along with additional shows by Poehler, Walker, and Miles.[17]

She appeared in various comedy segments on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, often playing her recurring role as Andy Richter's little sister Stacy, and as a recurring character in two episodes of the college dramedy Undeclared. She 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. She has 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.[18] In 2009, Poehler earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Series.[19]

In 2011 Poehler was included on TIME's "100 most influential people in the world".[20] She also delivered the Class Day address to Harvard University's class of 2011.[21]

Personal life

Poehler married Will Arnett of the Fox comedy Arrested Development on August 29, 2003, and had a recurring role in the series as the wife of Arnett's character George Oscar "G.O.B." Bluth II. Poehler and Arnett 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 Poehler's NBC comedy Parks and Recreation and both did voice acting on The Secret World of Arrietty. On October 25, 2008, Poehler gave birth to her first child, son Archibald William Emerson "Archie" Arnett, just hours before the Saturday Night Live telecast.[22] Poehler gave birth to her second son, Abel James Arnett, on August 6, 2010.[23] In September 2012, Poehler and Arnett announced that they were ending their 9-year marriage.[24]

Filmography

YearFilm and TVRoleNotes
1996–2000Late Night with Conan O'BrienStacy (Andy's little sister)/ Various sketch rolesRegular
1998Spin CitySusanEpisode 23, Season 1
1998–2000Upright Citizens BrigadeColby/ Various charactersMain Role
1999Deuce Bigalow: Male GigoloRuth
2001–2008Saturday Night LiveHerself/ Various charactersNominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2008 and 2009) 138 shows as cast member.
2001Wet Hot American SummerSusie
2001–02UndeclaredHillary
2002Martin & OrloffPatty
2004Mean GirlsMrs. George
EnvyNatalie Vanderpark
2004–05Arrested DevelopmentWife of GobRecurring, 5 episodes
2005SpongeBob SquarePantsGramma (voice)"Have You Seen This Snail?"
The SimpsonsJenda (voice)"Future-Drama"
Sesame StreetHerself
2006Southland TalesVeronica Mung / Dream
Tenacious D in The Pick of DestinyTruck Stop Waitress
Man of the YearHerselfSaturday Night Live's Weekend Update with Tina Fey & Amy Poehler was featured in the movie
2007The ExCarol Lane
Blades of GloryFairchild Van Waldenberg
Shrek the ThirdSnow WhiteVoice
Mr. WoodcockMaggie Hoffman
Shortcut to HappinessMolly Gilchrest
Wild Girls GoneDoreenWith Matt Besser, Ian Roberts & Matt Walsh of the Upright Citizens Brigade.
2008Hamlet 2Cricket Feldstein
Horton Hears a Who!Sally O'MalleyVoice
Baby MamaAngie OstrowskiMTV Movie Award for Best WTF Moment
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2008–2011The Mighty B!Bessie Higgenbottom (voice)Co-creator of series
Nominated – Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (2009 and 2010)
2009Spring BreakdownGayle
Monsters vs. AliensComputerVoice
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The SqueakquelEleanorVoice
2009–presentParks and RecreationLeslie KnopeMain Role
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (2010, 2011, 2012)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2011)
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (2012)
2010MegamindLinda PricklesVoice
2011Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. EvilGretelVoice
Bubble GuppiesDeemaVoice
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-WreckedEleanorVoice
Freak DanceLillianUpright Citizens Brigade production; incl. Besser, Walsh and Roberts.
2012The Secret World of ArriettyHomilyVoice
30 RockYoung Liz Lemon (Flashback)"Live from Studio 6H"
East & West Coast version
LouieDebbie"New Year's Eve"
2013A.C.O.D.SondraUpcoming
You Are HereTBAUpcoming
 2014They Came TogetherMollyUpcoming

Notable characters on SNL

Impressions

Poehler has impersonated Dakota Fanning, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Sharon Osbourne, Britney Spears, Paula Abdul, Rosie O'Donnell, Kelly Ripa, Ann Coulter, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Stone, Nancy Grace, Michael Jackson, Lindsay Lohan, Christian Siriano, Peter Ostrum, David Spade, Mr. Six, Tonya Harding, Dennis Kucinich, Fergie, Judy Garland, J. K. Rowling, Kim Jong-il, Jenna Bush, Katie Couric, Tinker Bell, and Rosie Perez,Katy Perry

Awards and nominations

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2009
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Burlington, MA Native Amy Poehler has Interesting Family Ties" October 13, 2010, Blogg at American Ancestors web site
  5. ^ Amy Poehler News | Amy Poehler is Real Life Baby Mama
  6. ^ Amy Poehler Emmy Nominated
  7. ^ Surprise! Amy Poehler Returns to SNL
  8. ^ Cameron and Casey Help Celebrate Amy's Last Night on SNL
  9. ^ STAGE TUBE: New Betty White SNL Promo! (TV Content)
  10. ^ EW Exclusive: Amy Poehler to host 'SNL' premiere
  11. ^ Schneidler, Michael (July 15, 2008). "Poehler to join post-'Office' show". Variety. Archived from the original on August 13, 2008. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117989011.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. Retrieved August 15, 2008. 
  12. ^ "NBC wants both a Poehler show and an 'Office' spin-off". THR Feed.com. July 21, 2008. http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2008/07/nbc-wants-both.html. Retrieved August 15, 2008. 
  13. ^ Ryan, Maureen (February 10, 2012). "'Parks And Recreation': Season 4 Finale Scoop, Bradley Whitford Guest Stars And Campaign Heats Up". The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/10/parks-and-recreation-season-4_n_1267881.html. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ Smart Girls at the Party
  15. ^ ON Networks
  16. ^ Amy Poehler and Friends to Launch New Digital TV Show Aimed at “Smart Girls” and their Parents
  17. ^ "Amy Poehler’s ‘Smart Girls’ Kicks Off With Mattel’s Barbie on Board". Tubefilter News. November 14, 2008. http://news.tubefilter.tv/2008/11/14/amy-poehlers-smart-girls-kicks-off-with-mattels-barbie-on-board/. Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
  18. ^ Wyatt, Edward (December 12, 2006). "SpongeBob SquareProfits: Nickelodeon Swears by Cartoons". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/12/arts/television/12nick.html?ex=1323579600&en=fb73dfa9f88e330a&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss. Retrieved June 4, 2009. 
  19. ^ Bierly, Mandi (May 14, 2009). "Daytime Emmy Awards: 'One Life to Live', 'Ellen DeGeneres' top nominations". Entertainment Weekly. http://news-briefs.ew.com/2009/05/14/daytime-emmy-aw/. Retrieved June 4, 2009. 
  20. ^ "The 2011 TIME 100" Time magazine
  21. ^ http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6514384/amy-poehlers-harvard-graduation-speech
  22. ^ Laudadio, Marisa (October 26, 2008). "Amy Poehler Gives Birth to Baby Boy". People. Archived from the original on October 27, 2008. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20235875,00.html. Retrieved October 26, 2008. 
  23. ^ Oh, Eunice (August 6, 2010). "Amy Poehler and Will Arnett Welcome Son Abel James". Celebrity Babies. Archived from the original on August 16, 2010. http://celebritybabies.people.com/2010/08/06/amy-poehler-and-will-arnett-welcome-abel-james/. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Amy Poehler and Will Arnett Separate". People. September 6, 2012. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20625962,00.html. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 

External links

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2005Teen Choice AwardsChoice ComedianSaturday Night LiveNominated
2006Prism AwardBest Performance in a TV Comedy SeriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
2008Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
2009Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramThe Mighty B!Nominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night LiveNominated
MTV Movie AwardBest WTF MomentBaby MamaWon
Teen Choice AwardsChoice ComedianSaturday Night LiveNominated
2010Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramThe Mighty B!Nominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominated
People's Choice AwardFavorite TV Comedy ActressParks and RecreationNominated
2011Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominated
TCA AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyParks and RecreationNominated
TCA AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ComedyParks and RecreationNominated
TCA AwardsProgram of the YearParks and RecreationNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Comedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominated
Satellite AwardBest Actress in a TV Series - Comedy or MusicalParks and RecreationNominated
2012Golden Globe AwardBest Actress in a TV Series - Comedy or MusicalParks and RecreationNominated
Writers Guild of America AwardComedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominated
Producers Guild of America AwardComedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominated
The Comedy AwardsComedy SeriesParks and RecreationWon
Best Comedy ActressParks and RecreationWon
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesParks and RecreationWon
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Comedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominated
TCA AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyParks and RecreationNominated
TCA AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ComedyParks and RecreationNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominated
2012Women's Image Network AwardsOutstanding Actress Comedy Series Amy PoehlerOutstanding Comedy SeriesParks and RecreationNominatedPending
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