From her early roots in SNL to becoming a world renowned TV and movie star, Amy Poehler has never failed to place a smile on our faces. She has portrayed several different memorable characters throughout her career, including her portrayal of Hilary Clinton, everyone’s favorite Pawnee resident Leslie Knope, and Joy, the emotional figment of happiness inside a child’s mind. So, how much is this comedian worth?
Amy Poehler Net Worth As Of 2018: $18 Million
Here’s how Amy made it to the millions.
After graduating from Boston College in 1993, Amy moved to Chicago and joined two comedy improv groups: Second City, alongside her pal Tina Fey, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. The second group, Upright Citizens Brigade, moved to New York City in 1996 and immediately scored a TV gig on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, becoming sketch regulars. In 1998, Comedy Central picked the group up for their own comedy sketch show which lasted three seasons.
In 2001, Amy had her first notable film role as Susie in Wet Hot American Summer. Although the film was a critical and commercial failure, the film has since developed a cult following. That same year, Amy joined the cast of Saturday Night Live and was quickly promoted to full cast member within her first season, becoming only the third person to have the distinction (the other two being Harry Shearer and Eddie Murphy).
In 2004, Amy replaced Jimmy Fallon as co-anchor of the popular SNL segment The Weekend Update. She first co-anchored alongside Tina Fey. Amy also played the role of Regina George’s mother in Mean Girls, which Tina wrote, but when Tina left to focus on 30 Rock in 2006, Seth Meyers took over as Amy’s co-anchor.
Amy also co-created, produced, wrote, and voiced main character Bessie in the Nickelodeon animated series The Mighty B! The show aired the day after her film Baby Mama (which she co-starred alongside Tina Fey) premiered. The show lasted two seasons and 40 episodes and was nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards, winning one for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation.
In September of 2008, Amy left SNL to give birth to her first child but returned two months later to “host” the “SNL Presidential Bash ’08,” where she performed her celebrity impression of Hillary Clinton. The scenes for the bash were pre-taped between September and October. Amy then returned for another three weeks in December before officially departing from SNL on December 13, 2008.
In November 2008, Amy co-launched her digital series Smart Girls At The Party along with friends Meredith Walker and Amy Miles. In the series, Amy would interview a girl with “unique talent, community interest or point of view.”
Additionally, Amy appeared in several other movies including Blades of Glory, Horton Hears a Who, and Man Of The Year.
On April 9, 2009, Amy starred as Leslie Knope in the NBC comedy show Parks and Recreation. However, the first season of the show faced harsh reviews as it was often compared to another show of the similar filming style: The Office, which was still airing on NBC at the time Parks and Rec first aired. However, the second season of the show made up for the lackluster first season and fared much better in reviews, eventually working its way up to being called “one of the best shows of the year.” For each episode of Parks and Rec made, Amy made over $200,000. Along with starring as Leslie Knope, Amy also wrote three episodes for the series, “Telethon” in Season 2, “The Fight” in Season 3, and “The Debate” in Season 4. In 2014, Amy won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series.
In 2011, Amy was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People In The World.”
In 2012, Smart Girls At The Party returned to digital scene with an all new Youtube channel and all new episodes.
In addition to Amy’s work on Parks and Rec, she also became executive producer of the series Welcome To Sweden, alongside her brother Greg. The series premiered in 2014, but was cancelled after two seasons due to extremely low ratings. Amy also became the executive producer for the series Broad City, which aired on Comedy Central on January 22, 2014.
Amy and pal Tina Fey also hosted the Golden Globe Awards for three years in a row, in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Her memoir, Yes Please, was released in October of 2014.
Broad City was picked up for a second season and aired in January 2015.
After seven seasons and 125 episodes, Parks and Rec aired its series finale, which Amy also co-wrote, on February 24, 2015. The finale was rated as “Extremely Positive” Metacritic, which is the highest rating an episode can receive on the website.
Amy voiced the role of Joy in the Disney-Pixar animated movie Inside Out, which premiered on June 19, 2015. The movie received extremely positive reviews, garnering a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and made over $851 million worldwide.
In July, Amy once again portrayed the role of Susie in Netflix‘ prequel series of Wet Hot American Summer, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp. Surprisingly, the series did much better critically than the actual movie, receiving a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes compared to the movie’s 32% rating.
Amy returned to SNL twice in 2015: Once in February to co-anchor The Weekend Update on the 40th Anniversary Special and once in December to co-host the show alongside Tina Fey to promote their new movie Sisters.
In December 2015, Amy received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
With the third season of Broad City set to air in February and a post Parks and Rec life ahead, Amy is sure to keep finding ways to increase her net worth and keep us smiling in 2016.
2016 – 2017
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Although the days of Leslie Knoppe are over, Amy’s days aren’t. In 2016 alone she was featured in a number of television shows, such as Maya & Marty and Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe. She also went on to work as producer and director on shows and movies like The UCB Show and Dumb Prince.
Amy also won a number of awards in 2016. For the movie Inside Out, she won Favorite Voice in an Animated Movie during the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards and was nominated for the same movie for the Annie Awards and the People’s Choice Awards. She also won Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live during the Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 2017, Amy is set to star in the upcoming comedy film The House alongside Will Ferrell. The movie is schedule to release on June 20, 2017.
Amy Poehler and Restaurant Opportunities Center United president Saru Jayaraman were seen on the red carpet of the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California on January 7, 2018.