Amy Meredith Poehler (born 1971) is an American {{film}} and [[LiveActionTV television]] actress best known for being a cast member on Comedy Central's ''Upright Citizens Brigade'' and NBC's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Poehler co-founded TheUprightCitizensBrigade, an improv group that went on to have their own ComedyCentral sketch series and open theaters and training centers on both coasts. She produced, frequently directed, and starred as [[DeTerminator go-getter]] [[BlitheSpirit never-give-up]] government worker Leslie Knope on NBC's ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''. She also co-starred in the 2008 film ''BabyMama'' with her former [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Weekend Update]] co-anchor TinaFey. She is also executive producing ''Series/WelcomeToSweden'', a sitcom that is created by and stars Greg Poehler, her brother. She makes occasional guest appearances playing a deranged version of herself, although in the show's universe she's not related to her brother's character.

On ''SNL'', her most notable recurring characters were Kaitlin (a hyperactive kid who pesters her older brother Rick [played by Horatio Sanz]), Nettie Bo Dance (wife of Percy Bo Dance [Darrell Hammond] from ''Appalachian Emergency Room''), Sally Needler (one half of The Couple Who Should Be Divorced [her husband, Dan, was played by SethMeyers]), Amber (a one-legged hypoglycemic with a flatulence problem), and Deidre Nicks (one of the hosts of ''The Cougar Den'', a talk show about older women who date younger men). Poehler's most popular celebrity impressions include Hillary Clinton, Avril Lavigne, Creator/DakotaFanning, Nancy Grace, Sharon Stone, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Rosie Perez.

Poehler was married to [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Will Arnett]], making them one of Hollywood's most ridiculously awesome couples, but they went through a divorce in 2012, which was apparently [[AmicableExes amicable]]. She's also an outspoken feminist who produces a web series called ''Smart Girls at the Party,'' about young women who are "changing the world by being themselves".


* '''Film:'''
** ''WetHotAmericanSummer''
** ''Film/MeanGirls''
** ''BladesOfGlory''
** ''[[HamletTwo Hamlet 2]]''
** ''BabyMama''
** ''SpringBreakdown''
** ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''
* '''Television:'''
** ''TheUprightCitizensBrigade''
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''
** ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' - Played [[RealLifeRelative GOB's nameless wife]]
** ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB''
** ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''
** ''Series/WelcomeToSweden''

!!Associated tropes:

* LargeHam: "I can do the worm, I've served jail time, I got mad skin tags and I'm rocking one leg. '''JEAL-ESSS?!'''"
* PlayingGertrude: She's only a few years older than Creator/RachelMcAdams, who played her teenage daughter in ''Film/MeanGirls''.
* SesameStreetCred