Amy Poehler is one of Hollywood's most versatile and sought after talents. She currently stars on the Emmy-nominated NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, which recently began its sixth season. Her portrayal of Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, has earned her four consecutive Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination. She recently served as co-host of the extremely well received 70th Golden Globe Awards with Tina Fey, helping earn the program a 2013 Emmy nod for "Outstanding Special Class Program." Poehler also produces and hosts the award-winning online series "Smart Girls at the Party," which showcases real girls who are "changing the world by being themselves." Poehler also is working on her first, as-yet-untitled book to be published by HarperCollins' It Books in 2014.
Poehler also has a number of film projects as well. She can currently be seen opposite Adam Scott in A.C.O.D., will be next be heard as the voice of "Jenny" in the upcoming animated comedy Free Birds, and stars opposite Owen Wilson, and Zach Galifianakis in You Are Here. Disney also recently announced that she will star as "Joy" in Pixar's next animated film Inside Out, set for release in 2015. Her other film credits include Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, Mean Girls, Spring Breakdown, Mr. Woodcock, Southland Tales, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, The Ex, Wet Hot American Summer, and Envy. Her voice has been heard in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Monsters vs. Aliens, Horton Hears a Who!, and box office smash hit Shrek the Third.
Poehler's work extends beyond her roles in front of the camera. She serves as executive producer of the forthcoming scripted comedy Broad City, a series based on the web show of the same name which follows two friends as they navigate their way through life in New York City. The series will premiere on Comedy Central in 2014. Poehler also has teamed up with her brother, Greg Poehler, to form production company Syskon, which aims to develop and produce international television comedy and programming. Their first series, Welcome to Sweden, will air on NBC and will debut on Sweden's TV4 network as their first English-language comedy. After her much buzzed about portrayal of Senator Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential Election, Poehler completed her eighth and final season of Saturday Night Live (and her fifth as the co-anchor of "Weekend Update"). Renowned as "a brilliantly inventive sketch comedian," (Entertainment Weekly, 11/05), Poehler boasted an impressive arsenal of outrageous characters, from the hyperactive "Caitlin" and one-legged reality show contestant "Amber" to a manic host of "Good Morning Meth." Poehler also contributed memorable impressions of Kelly Ripa, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone and Michael Jackson. That year she received her first Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" for her work on Saturday Night Live. Due to a change in eligibility, this was an unprecedented nomination, making her the first performer in "SNL" history to land a spot in this category. She went on to receive a second nomination in this category for her work on her final season the following year.
Poehler joined the SNL cast from the Upright Citizens Brigade, a sketch/improv troupe that she co-founded. Poehler and the U.C.B. relocated to New York where they had a sketch show on Comedy Central for three seasons on which she was both a writer and performer. In addition, they opened theaters which are currently regarded as the premiere sketch/improv comedy venues in New York City and Los Angeles. Poehler and the U.C.B. were featured in "A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv" an improvised comedy special on Bravo.
Poehler has made memorable appearances on television ranging from Arrested Development, Wonder Showzen and Undeclared. She also was a voice on O'Grady and The Simpsons.
Poehler currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.