69 Facts About Amy Poehler


Amy Poehler is an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director.


Amy Poehler left SNL halfway through her eighth season in 2008 to star as Leslie Knope in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, which she produced and starred in from 2009 to 2015.


Outside of SNL and Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler is an executive producer on the television series Welcome to Sweden, Broad City, Difficult People, Duncanville, Three Busy Debras, and Russian Doll.


Amy Poehler frequently collaborated with Tina Fey on SNL and later acted with her in the feature films Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Sisters, and Wine Country.


Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globe Awards four times in 2013,2014,2015, and 2021.


In 2015, Amy Poehler received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to television.


Amy Poehler 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.


Amy Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts to school teachers Eileen and William Amy Poehler.


Amy Poehler has one younger brother, Greg, who is a producer and actor.


Amy Poehler's ancestry is Irish, along with German, Portuguese, and English; her Irish roots originate from County Sligo and County Cork.


Amy Poehler's great-grandmother immigrated from Nova Scotia, Canada to Boston in the late 1800s.


Amy Poehler grew up in nearby Burlington, Massachusetts, which she describes as a blue-collar town.


When she was 10 years old, Poehler played Dorothy Gale in her school's production of L Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz.


Amy Poehler continued acting in school plays at Burlington High School.


Amy Poehler participated in other activities during her time in high school including student council, soccer, and softball.


Amy Poehler graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in media and communications in 1993.


Amy Poehler's time studying improv in college inspired her to pursue comedy professionally.


Early on, Amy Poehler worked as a waitress and at other jobs to earn money.


McKay left the fledgling group in 1995 and Amy Poehler became his replacement.


Amy Poehler started making appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, often playing her recurring role as Andy Richter's younger sister, Stacy.


Amy Poehler was promoted from featured player to full cast member in her first season on the show, making her the second cast member, and first woman, to earn this distinction.


Amy Poehler's recurring characters included hyperactive 10-year old Kaitlyn, one-legged reality show contestant Amber, and Bronx Beat talk show co-host Betty Caruso.


Fey and Amy Poehler became the first female co-anchors of the longtime SNL staple.


In 2008, Amy Poehler was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, the first year SNL cast members were eligible for the category.


The sketch, which Amy Poehler co-wrote with Meyers, became the biggest viral video of the year.


Amy Poehler had been rehearsing for that week's show until the day before the birth.


Amy Poehler would take it upon herself to welcome guest hosts during rehearsals and try to make them feel comfortable during their stint on SNL.


Amy Poehler returned to SNL along with other past female cast members for a special Mother's Day episode on May 8,2010, hosted by Betty White.


In July 2008, Variety reported that Amy Poehler was in final negotiations to star in the still untitled series from Daniels and Schur.


Amy Poehler played deputy director of the Parks Department Leslie Knope in the fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana.


Amy Poehler was nominated again for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy in 2011.


Amy Poehler was nominated for an Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy in 2013 for her work in season five.


Behind the scenes, Amy Poehler started a tradition of inviting the show cast and crew to a group dinner the last night of any location shoot.


Amy Poehler would start impromptu dance parties in the makeup trailer on set.


Amy Poehler wrote several episodes throughout the series, starting with the season two episode "Telethon".


In March 2017, NBC ordered to series a Amy Poehler-produced crafting series, then-titled The Handmade Project.


In 1999, Amy Poehler had a small role in the movie Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.


Wet Hot American Summer was the first film from David Wain, who cast Amy Poehler based on her work with Upright Citizen's Brigade.


Amy Poehler appeared in the 2004 movie Mean Girls, written by Tina Fey.


The studio had been wary of casting too many SNL cast members and were concerned that Amy Poehler was too young to play the mother of Rachel McAdams, who is only seven years younger than her.


Amy Poehler filmed the role in Toronto during the week while filming SNL.


Amy Poehler plays trashy Angie Ostrowiski, who is hired by Fey's Kate to be her child's surrogate mother.


In Pixar's Inside Out, Amy Poehler provides the voice for the main character, Joy, an emotion living inside an 11-year-old girl.


Amy Poehler received a screen credit for writing some of Joy's dialogue.


Amy Poehler made her film directorial debut with Wine Country, which premiered on Netflix on May 10,2019.


Amy Poehler directed the film adaptation of the 2017 novel Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, for Netflix, which was released on March 3,2021.


In 2022, Amy Poehler directed Lucy and Desi, a documentary film about the lives and relationship of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.


In 2001, Amy Poehler set up her own production company, Paper Kite Productions, which is part of Universal Television.


The character of Bessie was inspired by a character Amy Poehler performed doing improv.


In 2009 and 2010, Amy Poehler earned Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program.


Amy Poehler has been an executive producer on series such as Difficult People and Broad City.


Jacobson and Glazer used their connections at UCB to approach Amy Poehler about starring in the finale of their web series.


Amy Poehler agreed to appear in it and then joined Jacobson and Glazer to executive produce a television series.


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.


Amy Poehler is an executive producer on the upcoming series Three Busy Debras, a comedy series being produced for Adult Swim that stars Mitra Jouhari, Alyssa Stonoha, and Sandy Honig.


In September 2008, Poehler and Meredith Walker and Amy Miles founded Smart Girls at the Party, an online community and digital web series aimed at empowering girls.


Amy Poehler has publicly championed a number of social and political causes.


Amy Poehler supported One Fair Wage, a campaign to require New York businesses to pay tipped workers the general minimum wage.


Amy Poehler has served as a celebrity ambassador for Worldwide Orphans Foundation, traveling to Haiti in 2013.


In 2011, Amy Poehler was included on Times "100 most influential people in the world".


Amy Poehler delivered the Class Day address to Harvard University's class of 2011.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited Amy Poehler to become a member as part of its 2017 class.


Amy Poehler is a known fan of the musical group Beastie Boys.


Amy Poehler has a role as a disgruntled cafe patron in the music video for the group's song "Make Some Noise", which was nominated for the MTV Video of the Year in 2011.


Amy Poehler wrote a chapter in the Beastie Boys Book in which she reviews 17 of the group's music videos.


Amy Poehler married Canadian actor Will Arnett on August 29,2003.


Amy Poehler and Arnett have two sons: Archie Arnett, born October 25,2008 and Abel Arnett, born August 6,2010.


Amy Poehler praised her children's nannies as part of her Time 100 speech for helping to take care of them and allowing her to balance her career and family.


From 2013 to 2015, Amy Poehler dated fellow comedian Nick Kroll.