Before they were Emmy nominees
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Amy Poehler: Lead actress in a comedy( NBC )
Claim to fame: She spent eight years getting laughs on "Saturday Night Live," before landing her own show, "Parks and Recreation." The mockumentary follows mid-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope (Poehler) as she tries to improve life in her hometown of Pawnee, Indiana. The peppy blonde earned two Emmy nods for her days on "SNL" and two more for "Parks and Rec."
Did you know: Poehler performed with Second City in Chicago before joining the improv group Upright Citizens Brigade. That group made several sketch appearances on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and had a sketch series on Comedy Central that lasted three seasons.
Other credits: Poehler co-created the Nickelodeon animated series "The Mighty B!" Her voice performance on the series earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination.