Amy Poehler is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents, with credits including that of actress, writer, director, producer and best-selling author.
Along with serving as co-creator, executive producer and the lead voice of DUNCANVILLE, Poehler also is co-host (alongside Nick Offerman) and executive producer of the hit crafting competition series “Making It.” She most recently starred in the feature film “Moxie,” which she also directed. Poehler continues to serve as executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning streaming series “Russian Doll” and the comedy series “Three Busy Debras.” She also has additional projects in development through her successful production company, Paper Kite Productions.
Outside of her film and television work, she continues to produce the award-winning website “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls,” which showcases real girls who are changing the world by being themselves.
Poehler perhaps is best known for her starring role on the Emmy Award-nominated comedy series “Parks and Recreation,” which completed its seventh and final season in February 2015. Her portrayal of “Leslie Knope” earned her a 2014 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical, or Comedy; the award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy at the 2014 American Comedy Awards; and a 2013 Gracie Award. For her work on the show, Poehler also received six consecutive Emmy Award nominations, two additional Golden Globe nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
In the film world, Poehler made her directorial debut in the comedy “Wine Country,” in which she also starred and produced. Her additional film credits include “The House,” “Sisters,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “They Came Together,” “A.C.O.D.,” “Free Birds,” “Are You Here,” “Baby Mama,” “Blades of Glory” and “Mean Girls.” She voiced the character “Joy” in the Academy Award-winning smash hit “Inside Out,” and can also be heard in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Horton Hears a Who!” and “Shrek the Third.”
Poehler’s first book, “Yes Please,” was released in October 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The book spent more than 23 weeks on the list.
During the 2008 Presidential Election, Poehler portrayed Senator Hillary Clinton. Following the election, she went on to complete her eighth and final season of “Saturday Night Live” (and her fifth as the co-anchor of “Weekend Update”). Also in 2008, she received her first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on “Saturday Night Live.” 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 for her work on her final season the following year. In December 2015, Poehler returned to the “SNL” stage to co-host the show with Tina Fey. The duo’s performance led them to win the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Poehler joined the “SNL” cast from the Upright Citizens Brigade, a sketch/improv troupe that she co-founded and in which she continues to be heavily involved.
Alongside Fey, Poehler co-hosted the Golden Globe Awards for three consecutive years, from 2013-2015, a role that was consistently met with critical acclaim. She returned as host with Fey for the telecast in February 2021.