Amy Poehler is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, director, producer, and writer. After studying improve at Chicago’s Second City and Improve Olympic in the early 1990’s, she went to New York City in 1996 to become part of the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade.
The group’s act became a half-hour sketch comedy series on Comedy Central in 1998. Along with other members of the comedy group, Poehler was a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
She is best known for starring as Leslie Knope in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series in 2014 and a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012.