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Amy Poehler: The Funny Lady
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Title: Amy Poehler: The Funny Lady

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ISBN: 1230000135348

Starlet, comedian. Born September 16, 1971, in the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts. Amy Poehler grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts with parents Eileen and William Poehler, both schoolteachers. At Boston College, the petite (5-­foot 2-­inch) Poehler became a member of the college's improvisational funny troupe, My Mother's Fleabag. After graduation, she transferred to Chicago in 1993 to pursue an expert career in comedy, signing up with the funny movie theaters ImprovOlympics and Second City, which have actually produced popular alumni including Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Mike Myers and Tina Fey. Poehler and Fey, who would later on become popular together on Saturday Night Live (SNL), fulfilled each various other with an improv group called Inside Vladimir, which someone had called after a grownup video discovered at a neighborhood ease shop. "I think there was some kind of Russian style, however the story was lost on me very quickly,­" Poehler remembered. The two became buddies immediately. Saturday Night Live Poehler soon became part of a comical performer called the Upright Citizens' Brigade, a spin-­off of ImprovOlympics. In 1996, she and her fellow comics relocated UCB to New York City, where the troupe scored regular jobs on The Conan O'Brien Show and, later, a show of its own on Comedy Central in 1998. After a few years in New York, Poehler got her huge break when she was hired as a showcased performer on Saturday Night Live. Amy Poehler debuted in September 2001, appearing in the first SNL show to air after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She played a horrified employee in a sketch where Will Ferrell appears to the office in a patriotic thong. She was advertised from highlighted player to full cast member midway with her first period, becoming the first female and only the third person ever (after Harry Shearer and Eddie Murphy) to do so. When Jimmy Fallon left the program in 2004, Poehler signed up with Tina Fey as a co-­anchor of Weekend Update. Big Screen Roles & Marriage Poehler and comedian Will Arnett married in 2003. The couple collaborated in the series Arrested Development, playing a couple that unintentionally gets married, and once again in the 2007 movie Blades of Glory, as a brother-­sister figure skating group. "They dedicate so hard, and they'll do anything,­" Tina Fey stated of the couple. "They're both fantastic-­looking individuals, however they do not care. They'll look goofy.­". In 2004, Poehler starred in the movie Mean Girls, notoriously playing the surgically-­enhanced "cool mom" of Rachel McAdams, who is just seven years, her junior in real life. In 2008, Poehler and Fey teamed up to star in Baby Mama, where Poehler plays a surrogate mother holding a child for an uptight Fey. The week the motion picture premiered, Poehler and Arnett revealed that they were expecting their first child. As her stomach grew throughout her maternity, Poehler had among her busiest years on SNL, portraying Hillary Clinton in a collection of skits about the 2008 election. When John McCain revealed Sarah Palin as his running mate, Poehler carried out alongside Fey's spot-­on impression of the nominee. When the genuine Sarah Palin appeared on the program, a nine-­months-­pregnant Poehler executed a gangster rap about the Alaska guv while Palin swayed to the beat alongside her. Being a mother Poehler gave birth to son Archie on October 25, 2008 - fittingly, on a Saturday night. "Amy Poehler is not below this evening due to the fact that she's having a baby,­" her Weekend Update co-­anchor Seth Myers revealed on air. Poehler left SNL in December 2008 but returned instantly to television on a new program called Parks and Recreation, playing an over-­eager bureaucrat in a fictional Midwestern town. She likewise introduced a Web series called Smart Girls at the Party, including interviews with "girls who are changing the world by being themselves.­"

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