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Date of Birth: September 16, 1971
Place of Birth: Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 5' 2"
Best Known For: Being a cast member of Saturday Night Live
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Amy Poehler was born on September 16, 1971, in Burlington, Massachusetts. While attending Boston College, Poehler joined the comedy improv group called My Mother's Fleabag. After graduating in 1993, she moved to Chicago where she participated in the Second City and Improv Olympics groups.
In 1996, Poehler became a member of the Upright Citizen's Brigade. The group later moved to New York City where the comedy show became a series on Comedy Central. The show stayed on television for three years, and the group is still performing live today at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater.
Poehler joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2001, and impressed everyone so much that she was bumped up to "featured player" status during her first season on the show. Harry Shearer and Eddie Murphy are the only two other cast members who received such quick promotions in the past. During the 2003-2004 season of SNL, Poehler took over for Jimmy Fallon as co-anchor of the show's segment "Weekend Update."
In addition to her work on SNL, Poehler has appeared in numerous mainstream comedy films. Her first notable role was in 1999's Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo starring Rob Schneider. In 2001, she was seen alongside Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, and fellow SNL cast member Molly Shannon in Wet Hot American Summer. In 2004, Poehler was seen in SNL castmate Tina Fey's Mean Girls, playing the mother of Rachel McAdams, and in the Jack Black flick Envy.
In the 2004-2005 season of Arrested Development, Poehler was seen in 6 episodes of the show, playing the wife of her real life husband, Will Arnett. In 2006, she teamed up with Jack Black again for his film Tenacious D in 'The Pick of Destiny.In 2007, she appeared with Will Farrell and husband Will Arnett in the figure skating comedy Blades of Glory. Other 2007 projects for Poehler include voicing the Snow White character in the Shrek the Third and Mr. Woodcock alongside Billy Bob Thorton, Susan Sarandon and Seann William Scott. In 2008, she will appear in Baby Mama with Tina Fey.
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