Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Amy Poehler moved to Chicago to further her studies of improv. She later on joined the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade alongside Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh. The foursome subsequently moved for New York in 1996 and was developed into an eponymous television show that aired on Comedy Central for three seasons.
Poehler joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2001 and simultaneously became a regular performer by Christmas break that same year. Delivering great performances on every show with her impersonations of famous celebrities, like Kelly Ripa and Sharon Osbourne, she became famous among viewers and soon had her own fan base. By 2004, she became the co-anchor of the "Weekend Update" sketch alongside Tina Fey, replacing Jimmy Fallon upon his departure from the show. During her period on "SNL" until 2008, Poehler has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress Primetime Emmy Awards for two times.
In line with her growing popularity, Poehler landed guest spots on many other shows, one most famous that helped establish her status as an A-list star was the hit sitcom "Parks and Recreation". Her starring role as Leslie Knope on the series won her Outstanding Lead Actress Primetime Emmy Award nominations for five consecutive years and three consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress, which she won one in 2014.
TV aside, Poehler also appeared in films, like "Mean Girls" and "Hamlet 2", in addition to lending her voice to "Shrek the Third", "Horton Hears a Who!", "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel", as well as "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked". She, moreover, has also served as host of Golden Globe Awards in 2013 and 2014. Poehler was born on September 16, 1971 as Amy Meredith Poehler. She married actor Will Arnett on August 29, 2003. The couple, who has two sons together, announced in 2012 that they were separating. She began dating actor and comedian Nick Kroll in 2013.