Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler


9/16/1971, Burlington, Massachusetts

Birth Name

Amy Meredith Poehler


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Amy Poehler is an American comedian and actress. She rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, where she was known for her impressions of Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Ripa, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, Nancy Grace, Michael Jackson and most famously, Hillary Clinton. She was promoted from featured player to full…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On Friday August 6 2010, Amy and her husband Will Arnett welcomed their second child, Abel James Arnett to the world.

    • In September 2009, Amy rejoined Seth Myers at the Weekend Update anchor desk on Saturday Night Live for a pair of special Thursday editions. The appearances were to help promote and lead into the new episodes of the second season of Parks and Recreation.

    • After joining the ImprovOlympics comedy group, Amy was mentored by comedy coach Del Close, who had also helped develop the comedic skills of SNL legends like Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and Chris Farley.

    • While in high school, Amy was known to her friends as "Crazy Amy". Her other nicknames include "Cool Cat Amy" and "Poehlercoaster".

    • Amy and partner Will Arnett welcomed their first child, a boy, Archie Arnett, on October 25, 2008.

    • In 2008, Amy was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live.

    • While on Upright Citizens Brigade, Amy once played a young girl in sketch featuring the "Real Unabomber". She now plays the same character on SNL.

    • In 2008, Amy starred in Baby Mama, a comedy film also starring her former Saturday Night Live co-star and close friend, Tina Fey.

    • Having already performed before an audience and acted as a producer for "Parks and Recreation", Amy would like to try directing as her next step forward in show business.

    • In her free time, Amy enjoys cooking and watching the Food Network channel. She often tries out the new recipes at dinner parties for friends and family.

    • Amy and Tina Fey are close friends off-screen as well as having worked together in a number of projects for over 15 years.

    • Amy enjoyed putting on comedy shows for her friends and family as a child, always thinking that she was meant to make people laugh as a career.

    • Her comedic influences include Lily Tomlin, Gilda Radner, and Lucille Ball -- all great female performers of Improv humor.

    • Amy joined fellow SNL alums Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy to voice the character Snow White in the Shrek sequels.

    • Amy appeared on Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education, on October 15, 2006.

    • Amy was featured on the cover of Bust magazine in the October 2006 issue.

    • Amy starred in both Mean Girls and Envy, which opened on the same day in 2004.

    • On SNL, Amy was famous for her many hilarious impressions of celebrities such as Kelly Ripa, Marcia Cross, Avril Lavigne, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Sharon Osbourne and Hillary Clinton.

    • Amy graduated from Boston College in 1993, and was a key member of America's oldest collegiate improv comedy troupe, My Mother's Fleabag.

    • Amy's favorite baseball team is the Boston Red Sox.

    • Amy is 5'2" (1.57 m).

    • In 1993 she moved to Chicago where she studied at the Second City and Improv Olympics along with fellow Alumni: Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Ossie Beck, Adam McKay, and the late Chris Farley.

    • She succeeded Jimmy Fallon as Tina Fey's co-anchor of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update sketch and making it the first all-female team beginning with the 30th season of NBC's Saturday Night Live.

    • Amy has been married to Arrested Development star Will Arnett since August 29, 2003.

  • Quotes

    • Amy Poehler: You never know what is around the corner unless you peek. Hold someone's hand while you do it. You will feel less scared. You can't do this alone. Besides, it is much more fun to succeed and fail with other people. You can blame them when things go wrong.

      Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible. And I mean that literally. I hurt my knee on the treadmill this week, and it wasn't even on. Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don't know about. Limit your 'always' and your 'nevers.'

      Continue to share your heart with people even if its been broken. Don't treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used. And don't try to give me that nerd argument that your heart is a Batman with a limited edition silver Bat-a-rang and therefore, if it stays in its original package, it increases in value.

    • Amy Poehler: I want to go on the record and say I have never urinated in public. But the night is still young.

    • Amy Poehler: (in reference to "Parks and Recreation") We don't want to overreach, but every single episode will have life, death, happiness, sadness, anger, rebirth, redemption and a very clear conclusion. Again, I don't want to overreach.

    • Amy: If family violence teaches children that might makes right at home, how will we hope to cure the futile impulse to solve worldly conflicts with force?

    • Amy: Housework is the only activity at which men are allowed to be consistently inept because they are thought to be so competent at everything else.

    • Amy: America is a nation fundamentally ambivalent about its children, often afraid of its children, and frequently punitive toward its children.

    • Amy: Although Freud said happiness is composed of love and work, reality often forces us to choose love or work.

    • Amy: (on kids, due to her pregnancy) I'm great with kids. I think I'm still a big giant kid. I understand them and usually we're the same size. I think I understand the way they look up at the world. I get it.

    • Amy: I've never watched old repeats of Saturday Night Live because I can't bear it. I mean reruns of older seasons of stuff, because if the scene's funny I'm jealous that I didn't think of it. It's too intimidating. I just can't compare myself. I love it so much I can't even watch it.

    • Amy (on her life outside her work): All we do is watch The Wire and go out to dinner with our friends. I wish I could tell you that we had these crazy comedy competitions of hilariousness, but at the end of the day, all I want is a good cry and an hourlong drama.

    • Amy (referring to her film, "Blades of Glory"): Every time that we'd do something funny (Will) Ferrell would accidentally like hit the camera or lose the film. Hair in the gate, all that crap. We did get to do a lot of stuff, a lot of stuff that I remember being genius, but we got to play around a lot. We improvised a lot of stuff too so that was fun.

    • Amy (referring to her film "Blades of Glory"): It was really fun to play the bad guy because as a woman sometimes you don't get to do that. You have to be nice.

    • Amy: I had the best time making Mean Girls, that was a fun bunch of ladies. I was given a lot of creative freedom as well, to just go with what felt funny, and I believe that was a huge part of the movie's flow.

    • Amy: There's a couple of enemies to improv, and one of them is editing; when you edit on TV it makes it seem like it's not really improv.

    • Amy: Improvisation is almost like the retarded cousin in the comedy world. We've been trying forever to get improvisation on TV. It's just like stand-up. It's best when it's just left alone. It doesn't translate always on TV. It's best live.

    • Amy: I also think if you're an actor and you can improvise, when you go on an audition and you can improvise you're just a genius. If you can, you know, take a Tide commercial and you can just say one funny line that's not in the commercial they think you're a genius.

  • Amy, you are freaking COOL.

    I have been a longtime viewer of "Saturday Night Live", and I may honestly say that Amy Poehler is one my all-time favorite performers. Unlike many actresses, Amy possesses an innate ability to make people laugh. When she appears on "SNL", I sit up and pay closer attention to her than I do to some of the people who've been guest hosts. One of my favorite characters she's played is Caitlin (did I spell the name right?), the hyper little girl. I absolutely crack up when I see her as Caitlin, and I wish they'd have more sketches with her. I may be the only person to say this, but if you watch Amy on "SNL", she sometimes gets this devilish twinkle in her eyes which I find endearing. I wish her well always, and hope she will be around a long time!moreless
  • Not that funny.

    I will admit that she was kind of funny on SNL. I actually thought that she should have stayed on the show for life because I thought she wouldn't be able to last outside of the show. I think I am right. Outside of SNL, she is not even close to being funny. Plenty of humor that she emulates is forced and seems to predictable. I have always wondered why so many people think she is funny when I can't see anything that they see. Overall, not a funny person unless she is on SNL. I guess that is the point. Thank you.moreless