HOLLYWOOD — Amy Poehler received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Dec. 3, paying tribute to the character she portrayed on the 2009-15 NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.”
“Standing here at a podium feels very natural and a ceremony like this feels exactly like something we would do on ‘Parks and Recreation,’” Poehler said at the late-morning ceremony in front of the Hollywood Wax Museum on Hollywood Boulevard.
“I think Leslie Knope would love to have given me this star. In many ways she has.”
Poehler received an outstanding lead actress in a comedy series Emmy nomination in each of the final six seasons of “Parks and Recreation,” along with two nominations for producing and one for writing.
Poehler also received six nominations as a host and writer for the three years she co-hosted the Golden Globes with Tina Fey and two as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member.
Rashida Jones, a castmate of Poehler’s on “Parks and Recreation,” Mike Schur, a co-creator of the series, and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell also spoke at the ceremony, held in connection with the Dec. 18 release of Poehler’s latest film, “Sisters.”
Born Sept. 16, 1971, in Newton, Massachusetts, and raised in nearby Burlington, Poehler graduated from Boston College in 1993, then moved to Chicago to study improv at Second City.
Poehler was a co-founder of the sketch/improv troupe, the Upright Citizens Brigade, which would have a sketch comedy series on Comedy Central from 1998-00.
Poehler spent eight seasons as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member beginning with the 2001-02 season, including five as a co-anchor of its “Weekend Update” fake newscasts.
Poehler is remembered from “Saturday Night Live” for her impressions of Hillary Clinton, Kelly Ripa, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone and Michael Jackson and portrayal of such characters as the one-legged reality show contestant Amber and a manic host of “Good Morning Meth.”
Poehler’s film credits include “Baby Mama,” “Blades of Glory,” “Mean Girls” and “Wet Hot American Summer.”
Poehler is an executive producer of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and Hulu’s “Difficult People.”