Northeastern might feel a little more like it’s in Pawnee, Indiana, than Boston next month, when Amy Poehler comes to town to headline this year’s Homecoming events.
The Emmy Award-winning actress and former star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation—set in that fictional town of Pawnee—and Saturday Night Live will speak at Matthews Arena on Thursday, Nov. 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event starts at 8 p.m.
The event, titled “An Evening with Amy Poehler,” is organized by the Council for University Programs, the Student Alumni Association, and the Homecoming Committee. Meghna Chakrabarti, of WBUR’s “Radio Boston,” will host the event.
Tickets for current students, faculty, and staff go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 9 p.m., and can be purchased on myNEU. Tickets for alumni can be purchased online through the Office of Alumni Relations starting Thursday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15 for undergraduate students; $25 for graduate students, faculty, staff, and guests; and $35 for alumni.
“Saying that we’re excited is probably an understatement,” said Isabella Kirsch, AMD’16, co-president of CUP. “From the beginning we were looking at her as a long shot. The past two months have been tumultuous, and I don’t think CUP could be happier with the outcome. On a personal level, I watched Amy on SNL with my dad growing up, so it’s a really meaningful occasion for me to be able to bring her to Northeastern during my last semester as a student.”
Carolina Rapta, AMD’18, who presides over CUP with Kirsch, said she’s looking forward to hearing from Poehler in a new setting.
“We’re used to seeing the comedic, over-the-top side of Amy,” Rapta said. “Since this is not going to be a stand-up comedy show, it’ll be interesting to see her in a different setting. She’ll still be hilarious, but I can’t wait to hear her responses to some slightly more serious questions.”
Poehler—a Massachusetts native who was born in Newton and grew up in Burlingon—is perhaps best known for her work on television but has a host of other credits to her name.
On a personal level, I watched Amy on SNL with my dad growing up, so it’s a really meaningful occasion for me to be able to bring her to Northeastern during my last semester as a student.
—Isabella Kirsch, AMD’16, co-president of the Council for University Programs
After graduating from Boston College, Poehler moved to Chicago where she joined the improv comedy group Second City. Soon, she and a few other fledgling comedians founded a new group, the Upright Citizens Brigade, which continues to churn out comedy stars today.
“Homecoming is a time for pride at Northeastern, and a big part of Northeastern is our Boston heritage,” said SAA President Korrinne Ivey, BHS’17. “Amy is from Massachusetts, so she’ll understand and appreciate our pride for our city. Homecoming is also a time for celebration and fun, and Amy is one of the most entertaining people in Hollywood. She’ll really be the highlight of homecoming for me.”
Poehler joined SNL during the 2001-02 season and became a full cast member during that season, later shining as co-anchor with Tina Fey on “Weekend Update.” Poehler left the show in 2008 and soon after started a new NBC series, Parks and Recreation, which premiered in 2009.
In 2014, she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series for her work on Parks and Recreation, which ran for seven seasons. And this fall, she won her first Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for an appearance on SNL, an award she shared with Fey.
Poehler has also appeared in numerous movies, including Sisters, Mean Girls, Inside Out, and Baby Mama; co-hosted several awards shows; started a web series called Smart Girls at the Party, whose mission is to “help young people cultivate their authentic selves;” and authored her first book, a memoir titled Yes Please, published in October 2014. She serves as executive producer of a handful of programs, including the Comedy Central show Broad City.
Poehler is the latest in a long line of celebrities to headline Northeastern’s Homecoming, including Amy Schumer, Kevin Spacey, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman, and Donald Glover.