Amy Phoeler

Amy Poehler, a life on improv and comedy

20 de November de 2023

Since she was little she liked theater and her first approach to improv was at university. She studied at Boston College where she belonged to the improv group. Later he deepened his training in improvisation and comedy with Charna Halpern in ImprovOlympic and later in The Second City in Chicago where she met Tina Fey.

He founded the improv company Upright Citizens Brigade in Chicago. In 1996 the group moved to New York where they started a small theater. The success came when his show became a 30 minutes weekly on the Comedy Central television network. To read the entire history of UCB I recommend reading the book High-status Characters, in which journalist Brian Raferty interviews the company’s cast to outline its history.

From 2001 to 2008, Poehler was a main cast member of Saturday Night Live, where she again met Tina Fey. Together they would later collaborate on some films.

She has been nominated for multiple awards for her work on SNL and the Parks and Recreation series. For the first she won an Emmy (along with Tina Fey) and for the second work she won the Golden Globe in 2014.

In film and television she has done a lot of work as a voice actress. In 2019 she directed the film Wine Country and in 2021 the film Moxie . In 2022 she made the documentary about the comedian Lucille Ball and her husband, the singer Desi Arnaz, protagonists of I Love Lucy: Lucy and Desi.

She was married to fellow comedian Will Arnett from 2003 to 2016.

If you want to know more about Amy Poehler, you can read the following books:

Yes, please

High-status Characters

The history of the impro company she founded: UCB.

Foto: David Shankbone (Wikimedia Commons)

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