Amy Poehler
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"Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy/Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy"2014 Parks and Recreation




"Amy Meredith Poehler" is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved to Chicago, Illinois to study Improvisational theatre/improv at The Second City and ImprovOlympic. In 1996, she moved to New York City after becoming part of the improvisational comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, which later developed into an eponymous television show that aired on Comedy Central for three seasons. Poehler was also one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 1999. She is a 15-time Emmy Award nominee.

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We want to extend our adolescence as long as we can. I.O., Upright Citizens Brigade and 'SNL' have enabled me to do that.

It is completely improvised. We have had no meetings backstage, we have not written anything, and everything you see onstage tonight is being made up on the spot.

We want to extend our adolescence as long as we can.

You tell somebody you're an improviser and they think you're doing Random Acts of Comedy and it's just like, a bastardization of what I think is the purest form of art. People still don't get it, they still don't understand that...well, number one, it's hard to prove to people that you're improvising when you're on TV. They don't believe it.

I also think if you're an actor and you can improvise, when you go on an audition and you can improvise you're just a genius. If you can, you know, take a Tide commercial and you can just say one funny line that's not in the commercial they think you're a genius.

I think the idea of ensemble should really be re-enforced and that's staying with the same group of people. In college troupes the turnover can be so fast and so furious that you don't ever really get to develop as a group, like who has different roles in the group and how is it working with all these people. I think people need to be encouraged to stick together.

Everything looked like you could run around in it – you could catch a bus!

I.O. was kind of like comedy high school. Everybody knows each other, dated each other, performed together, lived together - so there's a lot of history among a lot of people.