Amy Meredith Poehler (born 1971) is an American film
actress best known for being a cast member on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade
and NBC's Saturday Night Live
. Poehler co-founded The Upright Citizens Brigade
, an improv group that went on to have their own Comedy Central
sketch series and open theaters and training centers on both coasts. She currently portrays the character of Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation
. She also co-starred in the 2008 film Baby Mama
with her former Weekend Update
co-anchor Tina Fey
. She is also executive producing Welcome To Sweden
, 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.
, 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 Seth Meyers
]), 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, Dakota Fanning
, Nancy Grace, Sharon Stone, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Rosie Perez.
Poehler was married to Will Arnett
, making them one of Hollywood's most ridiculously awesome couples, but they went through a divorce in 2012, which was apparently 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".