Did you see Amy Poehler on the recent Golden Globes broadcast? She and Tina Fey returned, again in hilarious form, to co-host the awards show. Among Poehler's riotous remarks was one that referenced her alma mater, Boston College. That's not her only connection to our fair city. Poehler was born and raised in the Boston area.

Other Saturday Night Live cast members from the region include Rachel Dratch, Jane Curtin, Adam Sandler, and Poehler's Weekend Update co-anchor Seth Myers. (OK, the last two are from nearby southern New Hampshire.) It should come as no surprise that Boston has been such a fertile breeding ground for SNL. We know funny and have long had a thriving comedy scene. Other comedians who hail from the area include Jay Leno, Steven Wright, Conan O'Brien, Louis C.K., Dane Cook, Lenny Clarke, Steve Carell, and Denis Leary.

Visit one of our comedy venues and you just might find a future cast member of SNL -- or a past one. Upcoming shows include:

  • Laugh Boston- 425 Summer Street, Boston
    Michael Che, named one of Rolling Stone's 50 funniest people, appears on February 22 and Boston Accents, a night of local comedians, will perform on February 26.
  • The Wilbur Theatre- 246 Tremont Street, Boston
    SNL and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan headlines on March 1 and actor/comedian Steve Rannazzisi (The League, Sex in the City, Third Watch) takes the stage on February 28.
  • Dick Doherty's Comedy Den- 184 High Street, Boston
    Bill Santiago, standup and author of the book, "Pardon My Spanglish," is the featured performer on February 28 and March 1, while New England comedians Peaches Rodrigues and EJ Murphy appear on March 7 and 8.

Photo: The Wilbur Theatre