Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer, and writer. She moved to Chicago in 1993 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. She was also one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 1999. Amy Poehler was a cast member on the NBC television series Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2008. In 2004, she became the co-anchor of the Weekend Update sketch alongside her friend and colleague Tina Fey. Poehler is known for voicing Bessie Higgenbottom in the 2008–2011 Nickelodeon series, The Mighty B! and Homily Clock from the English dub of The Secret World of Arrietty. From 2009 to 2015, she starred as Leslie Knope in the sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series in 2014.