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.
In March of 2022, Poehler made her documentary directorial debut with the streaming film “Lucy & Desi,” on which she also served as executive-producer, alongside Imagine Documentaries and White Horse Pictures. Poehler also serves as co-host (alongside Nick Offerman) and executive producer of the hit crafting competition series “Making It.” Additionally, she is an executive producer on the Emmy Award-winning streaming series “Russian Doll,” now in its second season; “Harlem”; “Making It” spinoff “Baking It”; and on half-hour cable comedy series “Three Busy Debras.” Poehler recently starred in and directed the streaming film “Moxie,” and has additional projects in development as part of her successful production company, Paper Kite Productions, including the network thriller-drama “The Mother-In-Law” and streaming series “Steps.”
Poehler is perhaps 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 of 2015. Her portrayal of “Leslie Knope” earned her a 2014 Golden Globe Award 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 nominations, two additional Golden Globe nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations.
On film, Poehler made her directorial debut in the streaming 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 lent her voice as the character “Joy” in the Academy Award-winning smash hit “Inside Out,” and also can 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 Bestseller list. The book went on to spend more than 23 weeks on the list.
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”). That year, she received her first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the show. 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 alongside 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 significantly involved.
Poehler co-hosted the Golden Globe Awards alongside Tina Fey 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.
Outside of her film and television work, she continues to produce the award-winning online website “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls,” which showcases real girls who are changing the world by being themselves.