Before Amy Poehler became the funny lady she is now, she was in Chicago where she was living in Chris Farley’s old apartment, while studying improv at Second City in the early ‘90s. After touring and performing improv across the world, Poehler moved to New York City with her improv group, the Upright Citizens Brigade. The group’s performances eventually became a half-hour sketch show on Comedy Central in 1998. The show ran for three seasons and featured sketches that show different subjects being monitored by Agents Adair, Antoine, Colby and Trotter (Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Poehler, and Matt Walsh), that eventually come together in one final sketch. Poehler then went on to join the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2001, where she became the comedian we know and laugh at now.
In 2014, Poehler published her funny memoir “Yes, Please” where she shared her story growing up in Boston, Massachusetts and her stories experimenting with drugs. Poehler reveals the drugs she’s experimented with including cocaine, "which I instantly loved but eventually hated," ecstasy, mushrooms, and our favorite, marijuana. During her time at Second City, Poehler smoked a lot of marijuana, “Then I arrived in Chicago and lived the life of a stoner for a year. I would smoke in the morning and listen to Bob Marley… I am one of those people who smokes weed and spends an hour lightening my eyebrows.” Although smoking helped with her Irish stomach and anxiety, Poehler wasn’t productive when she was high, “I can’t perform, drive, or write stoned, and therefore I smoke pot a lot less than I used to.” Also during her time traveling the world performing improv, she judged the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, “Where people from all of the world come to try different weed and say which is the best. And we weirdly, Upright Citizens Brigade, the group that I’m in, opened for Patti Smith, and it was really strange.”