Occupation: Actress, comedian
Previous TIME 100 appearances: 0
With her Saturday Night Livecharacters Kaitlin the overactive Brownie and Amber the one-legged hypoglycemic, along with her spot-on impression of Hillary Clinton, the multitalented and quick-witted Amy Poehler quickly became the queen of late-night comedy. But in her switch to prime time, she faces her greatest role yet. On Parks and Recreation, Poehler plays Leslie Knope, a dedicated civil servant in Pawne, Ind. With lines like "The Leslie Mobile is an all-terrain vehicle," Poehler makes us both root for her character and cringe, all the while putting an earnest face on local government.
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