Date of Birth : Sep 16th 1971
American comedian and actress. She is a repertory player on Saturday Night Live.
Poehler was born in Burlington, Massachusetts, to Eileen, a teacher, and Bill Poehler. She has a younger brother, Gregory. A 1993 graduate of Boston College, Poehler was a key member of America’s oldest collegiate improv comedy troupe, My Mother’s Fleabag.
On Saturday Night Live, she parodies stars such as Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Kelly Ripa, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Stone, Nancy Grace, Michael Jackson, and Dakota Fanning. During her first season on SNL, Poehler was promoted from featured player to full cast member, making her the third person to have ever earned this distinction (after Harry Shearer and Eddie Murphy). Beginning with the 2004-05 season, she co-anchored “Weekend Update” with Tina Fey, replacing the newly departed Jimmy Fallon. In a TV Guide interview, Fey said that with Poehler co-anchoring, there now is “double the sexual tension.” When Fey left after the 2005-06 season to devote time to the sitcom she created, 30 Rock, Seth Meyers joined Poehler at the anchor desk.
Poehler has appeared in films such as Wet Hot American Summer, Mean Girls, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, Blades of Glory (her husband, Will Arnett, was in the movie as well, they played the antagonists of the film, a brother-sister figure skating pair), Envy, Shrek The Third and Mr. Woodcock. In the past, she often appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien as Andy Richter’s little sister Stacy, and as a recurring character in two episodes of the college dramedy Undeclared. She appears in the film Southland Tales, which premiered on May 21, 2006 at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and is set to appear in the 2008 film Spring Breakdown. She has also created an animated series for Nickelodeon called Mighty B, scheduled to premiere in 2008 about a “sweet, merit-badge-obsessed girl scout,” to which she lends her vocal talents.
Poehler is also the highest grossing film actress currently employed on SNL. The films she has appeared in have earned a total of over $800 million worldwide.
Poehler is married to Will Arnett, of the FOX comedy Arrested Development, and had recurring roles in the series as the nameless wife of Arnett’s character George Oscar “G.O.B.” Bluth II. Poehler and Arnett also played the role of a quasi-incestuous brother-sister ice skating team in the 2007 film Blades of Glory.