Amy Poehler is an American actress, comedian, producer and writer. She currently stars as Leslie Knope on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation.
After graduating from Boston College in 1993, she moved to Chicago and joined the Upright Citizens Brigade, an improvisational comedy troupe which had its own sketch series on Comedy Central for three years. Poehler joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in its 27th season. During her seven-year run on the series she gave memorable performances as co-anchor of the Weekend Update segment and as her impersonation of Hilary Clinton. In January 2009, Parks and Recreation premiered and is currently in its fifth season. Poehler has appeared in films such as Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Mean Girls (2004), Blades of Glory (2007) and Baby Mama (2008). She has been nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on Saturday Night Live and three times for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Parks and Recreation. For the latter series, she also received a 2012 Golden Globe Award nomination.