1990s: Poehler and Fey met while doing comedy in Chicago.
In 1993, both were taking classes at Chicago’s improv theater iO, formerly known as ImprovOlympics. The theater’s cofounder sensed they’d get along and introduced the two.
In her 2013 memoir “Yes Please,” per People, Poehler wrote the cofounder described Fey as like Poehler “but with brown hair”
The two soon started performing together in an improv group called Inside Vladimir. They later both auditioned for Second City on the same day and landed roles with the coveted comedy company.