Amy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director. Poehler founded the improv troupe and theater Upright Citizens Brigade, was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and starred in NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
After studying improv at Chicago’s Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early 1990s, she co-founded the 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. Along with other members of the comedy group, Poehler is a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. In 2001 she joined the cast of the NBC television series Saturday Night Live. She became co-anchor of SNL’s Weekend Update in 2004 until she left the series in 2008 to star as Leslie Knope in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. She also did voice acting including the lead role in Inside Out, as well as parts in Shrek the Third, and Horton Hears a Who!. Poehler is an executive producer on the televisions series Welcome to Sweden, Broad City, Difficult People, and Russian Doll.
In December 2015, Poehler received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions in television. 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. She and Tina Fey both won the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for co-hosting Saturday Night Live.