For Greg Poehler, being a comedian runs in the family. Greg is the younger brother of famous comedienne Amy Poehler and the star of “Welcome to Sweden,” which airs on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. But it took him over three decades to really get into the business. Greg worked as an Intellectual Property Rights lawyer in New York for several years. After meeting and marrying the woman of his dreams and then uprooting to Sweden, the actor is suddenly shuttling between Sweden and Hollywood to do comedy. Read on to know how Greg decided to follow in his famous sister’s footsteps.
In 2006, Greg moved to Sweden and built a life with his wife overseas. It was a period of adjustment that inspired the new comedian to use this as material for a TV series he was creating with his sister. But before Greg got into television acting, he did the rounds in stand-up clubs in Stockholm. On his first act on stage, according to a story on Variety, he had only an hour to prepare. But he was, like his sister, a natural. He was ready.
In an interview with Vulture, Greg said that he wanted to try and join an improv group in college in Boston. However, after watching his sister perform with then promising amateurs like Steve Carrell and Tina Fey, he was intimidated. He decided it was not for him, so he became a litigator. Then again, Greg knew that he was funny. Going through his Twitter account at @GregPoehler, you can already get a sense of his comedic abilities.
“With Amy, it was just the two of us as siblings, so, on long car trips, I can remember my parents in the front, and us in the back, playing various characters and telling jokes to each other. I’d say we had some of our best work in the back seat of those cars. But it’s good to finally get paid for it, because we were doing all that stuff for free back then,” said Greg in the Vulture feature.
In 2013, TV4 in Sweden commissioned the Poehlers to do the channel’s very first English language comedy, and thus, “Welcome to Sweden” came into production. The series got high ratings. It was so well received in the country that TV4 renewed this for a second season. Back in America, NBC acquired the rights to air the show for USA viewers, which has so far fared well in its summer time slot.
With the success of his very first comedy program and his rise as one of America’s newest comedians to watch for, Greg is still actually based in Sweden and has no plans of moving back to America or Hollywood for now. His sister advised him, however, to “enjoy the ride as much as he can.” He’s feeling quite accomplished and says that this whole experience has been mind-blowing.
— Greg Poehler (@GregPoehler) July 3, 2014
— NBC (@nbc) June 14, 2014
And there you have it for a brief profile on Greg Poehler, the creator and star of “Welcome to Sweden,” which airs on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. Don’t forget to watch some of his videos below to get to know the comedian better. For more updates about the show, keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG).