Some things are shared by siblings—after all, even if you spent your childhoods competing for everything, you’ll be glad to have such a close possible genetic match if you ever need a kidney. Other qualities, however, are more elusive. For example: a sense of humor.
The funny gene doesn’t always get passed to the brothers and sisters of successful comedians—but, if Amy and Greg Poehler are any evidence, it does sometimes run in the family.
As Deadline reports, the Poehler-created and -starring sitcom Welcome to Sweden (created as a Swedish network’s first English-language show) has been acquired by NBC for U.S. broadcast. The two are billed as co-creators and -producers; Greg stars and Amy will have a smaller part. Search for Greg Poehler’s entertainment background, however, and come up short: though he’s the headliner of Welcome to Sweden, he’s a complete newcomer to the business. So what do we know about him?
- Until turning to humor, he worked as a lawyer. He told The Hollywood Reporter that his parents had urged him to get a stable job at a time when it had seemed that his sister’s chosen career would be an unpredictable one.
- His first-ever TV role is being described as a semi-autobiographical one and he lives in Sweden, so we can guess that his life has followed a similar trajectory to the one his character, an American who moves to Sweden for love.
- The Poehlers formed their own production company back in May and, appropriately enough, it’s called Syskon (Swedish for “siblings”).
- He has a way with one-liners:
“YOLNT!” – cats
— Greg Poehler (@GregPoehler) September 15, 2013
- He’s already done stand-up comedy about being an American living in Sweden, and has appeared on his sister’s YouTube channel Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls:
- …and, if Instagram is to be believed, hasn’t let any sibling rivalry get in the way: