Amy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) 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 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.