Geek Girl Of The Week: Amy Poehler
Who: Amy Poehler
Type of Geek: The Funny Girl Geek-Next-Door
Whenever I see Amy Poehler come on screen, I laugh. With a seemingly wholesome and innocent demeanor, it doesn’t matter what she’s doing or what she’s saying because I immediately start to giggle. The lady is that funny looking. Wait… That came out wrong.
Amy Poehler started sharpening her funny bone while doing improv in college but really got serious about it when she moved to Chicago in the early ’90s and studied her craft at Second City and ImprovOlympic. That’s where she was introduced to Matt Besser, co-founder of the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, which she joined a couple years later.
However, it was her time on Saturday Night Live—as co-anchor on “Weekend Update” and characters like Netti Bo Dance from “Appalachian Emergency Room” and Amber, the one-legged girl with a ’tude (and gnarly sex addiction)—coupled with recent work on Parks And Recreation that really solidify Amy’s goddess status.
To read more about other Funny Girl Geek Goddesses like Amy, pre-order your copy of Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, And Other Misfits Are Taking Over The World.