Video from Live Talks Los Angeles event with Amy Poehler in conversation with Jane Lynch. Event was held February 12, 2012 at The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
Amy Poehler currently stars on the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series, “Parks and Recreation,” from producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur (“The Office.”) She plays Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. The show recently received its first Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Comedy Series” and Poehler received her second consecutive “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” nomination. She also serves as producer and host of the online series, “Smart Girls at the Party,” that showcases real girls who are changing the world by being themselves.
Poehler completed her eighth and final season of “Saturday Night Live” (and her fifth as the co-anchor of “Weekend Update”) in 2008. Renowned as “a brilliantly inventive sketch comedian,” (Entertainment Weekly, 11/05), Poehler boasted an impressive arsenal of outrageous characters, from the hyperactive “Caitlin” and one-legged reality show contestant “Amber” to a manic host of “Good Morning Meth.” Poehler also contributed memorable impressions of Hillary Clinton, Kelly Ripa, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone and Michael Jackson. That year she received her first Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” for her work on “Saturday Night Live”.
Poehler’s movie credits include: Baby Mama, Mean Girls, Spring Breakdown, Mr. Woodcock, Southland Tales, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, The Ex, Wet Hot American Summer, and Envy. She was the voice of “Eleanor” in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. She previously lent her voice to the animated films Monsters vs. Aliens and Horton Hears a Who! with Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell and starred in the ice-skating comedy Blades of Glory, alongside Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, and Jon Heder and was “Snow White” in the box office smash hit Shrek the Third.
Poehler joined the SNL cast from the Upright Citizens Brigade, a sketch/improv troupe originally formed in Chicago. Poehler and the U.C.B. relocated to New York where they had a sketch show on Comedy Central for three seasons on which she was both a writer and performer. In addition, they opened a theater currently regarded as the premiere sketch/improv comedy venue in New York City. Poehler and the U.C.B. were featured in “A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv” an improvised comedy special on Bravo.
Poehler has made memorable appearances on television ranging from Late Night with Conan O’Brien (as recurring character “Stacey,” Andy Richter’s little sister), Arrested Development, Wonder Showzen and Undeclared. She also was a voice on O’Grady and The Simpsons.
Jane Lynch gained fame in Christopher Guest’s improv mocumentary pictures (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) and currently stars in the role of Sue Sylvester in Glee for which she has won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award, and recurring role in the hit television series Two and a Half Men. She has also had notable roles in numerous mainstream comedies, such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Role Models. She hosted the 2011 Emmy Awards.
Her memoir, Happy Accidents, is one part comic-memoir of behind-the-scenes-Hollywood and one part inspirational-narrative about self-acceptance. Though Lynch is one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood today, she is anything but an overnight success. At age 50, she didn’t come into her own until the last decade. Before she landed her role in Glee, she’d battled alcoholism and anxiety, learned to embrace her sexuality, and accepted that life is sometimes a series of opportunities that come after what seem, at the time, like disappointments. She shares her personal story in her funny, poignant and brutally honest memoir.
Live Talks Los Angeles featured her on Oct 2, 2011 in conversation with Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation).