Born September 16, 1971, in Burlington, Massachusetts, Amy Poehler is an actor and comedian best known for her work on "Saturday Night Live" and "Parks and Recreation." Although her parents were both high school teachers, Poehler decided to study media and communications. While attending school at Boston College, Poehler was a part of the improv group My Mother's Fleabag. After graduating from Boston College in 1993, Poehler decided to continue her work in improv, and she headed to Second City, an improv troupe originally formed in 1959. As part of that troupe, she met Tina Fey, who would later become her coworker.
In addition to studying with the improv artists from Second City, Poehler spent some time at ImprovOlympic, another Chicago improv group. Poehler and a few other comedians also formed the improv group the Upright Citizens Brigade. In 1996, Poehler and a couple of other members from the Upright Citizens Brigade moved to New York City. Not long after arriving, they became regular actors in sketches on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Poehler frequently played a character called Stacey who was Andy Richter's younger sister.
Two years after arriving in New York, the Upright Citizens Brigade members were given their own half-hour show on Comedy Central. The show was successful for three seasons, and Poehler and the rest of the group even started an improv training school in New York City during the show's second season. After the show was canceled, Poehler continued to do improv at clubs in New York City and Los Angeles.
In late 2000, Poehler met fellow actor Will Arnett, and the two started dating. When she landed a job with "Saturday Night Live," the couple moved back to New York together, and in September of 2001, she appeared in her first episode of "Saturday Night Live." Before she even finished her first season, she was invited to be a full cast member of the show. Of all of the comedians who have been on "Saturday Night Live" in the past, Poehler is one of only three to be invited to become a full cast member during their first season. The other stars who earned this distinction were Eddie Murphy and Harry Shearer.
In the 2004 to 2005 season, Poehler replaced Jimmy Fallon as the co-anchor on "Weekend Update," SNL's news sketch, which also starred Tina Fey and later Seth Meyers. In 2008, Poehler again made TV history as the first SNL actor to be nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
In the midst of her career on Saturday Night Live, Poehler continued to work in film and TV. She appeared in films like "Mean Girls" and "Blades of Glory," and she also did work on the show "Arrested Development," where she played the wife of Gob, played by then husband Will Arnett.
In September of 2008, Poehler announced that she would be leaving "Saturday Night Live" because she and Arnett were expecting a baby in a few weeks. Their son, Archibald William Emerson Arnett, was born on October 25, 2008. When her son was barely a week old, Poehler was featured on "Saturday Night Live" as Hillary Clinton during a special political episode. However, the episode was actually created with footage filmed before Poehler gave birth. In December of that year, Poehler returned to the show for real, but after two weeks, she announced that she would be leaving for good. Since then, she has returned to the show for a few special episodes, but most of her attention has been focused elsewhere.
In the summer of 2008, NBC announced that Poehler would star alongside of Rob Lowe and several other stars in a show called "Parks and Recreation" that was set to debut in January of 2009. Poehler has been nominated for several awards for the show for both her writing and her acting. In August of 2010, Poehler gave birth to her second son, Abel James Arnett.
In September of 2012, two years after the birth of their second son, Arnett and Poehler announced that they were getting a divorce. The couple was married for more than nine years, and reports claim that their split has been fairly amicable in spite of intense attention from the media. The year her marriage ended, Poehler continued to thrive in her career, and she even appeared on episodes of "30 Rock" and "Louie." In 2014, Poehler plans to host the 71st Golden Globe Awards.