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Upright Citizens Brigade History Highlighted, Amy Poehler Interviewed on 'Rock Center' (Video)

The newsmagazine takes a look at the improv group that gave many comedy stars their starts.

Amy Poehler
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Parks and Recreation may be on hiatus, but Amy Poehler still found a way to bring the laughs to NBC's primetime lineup this week. But instead of playing Leslie Knope, she was starring as herself.

The Upright Citizen's Brigade, the improv comedy group that she co-founded in the mid-90s, got its very serious mainstream legacy stamp of approval on Wednesday night with a segment on Brian Williams' Rock Center that looked back on its early struggles and great successes.

Hosted by Willie Geist, the piece traced the troupes modest beginnings in Chicago to its stunts and club (a former burlesque joint, as it were) to the successes of former members such as Poehler, Matt Walsh, Donald Glover, Rob Corddry and Ed Helms

Not bad for a group that, as Poehler says, wants to get you hooked on crack.

"It's a place you can go and for a very little amount of money, you can see the stars of tomorrow," the actress said.