Tina Fey (born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey, 18.5.1970)
Tina Fey is a comedian, writer and producer. She is one of the writers for Saturday Night Live and has won six Emmys for her work.
Tina Fey: Childhood
Tina Fey was born in the Upper Darby area of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, to Zenovia and Donald Fey. She has a mixed ancestry of Greek (on her mother's side), German and Scottish (on her father's side).
Tina's parents encouraged her to watch comedy as a child, letting her stay up to watch Honeymooners and sneaking her in to the cinema to see Young Frankenstein.
As a child, Fey studied at Cardington Elementary School and Beverley Hills Middle School. In the eighth grade, she did a comedy project, at which point her love of the subject was really starting to take form.
Tina Fey: Comedy Career
Tina Fey studied drama at the University of Virginia and graduated in 1992. She then moved to Chicago, Illinois, to study at The Second City theatre school. Two years later, Fey was invited to join the core Second City theatre group and performed in Paradigm Lost.
In 1997, Fey enlisted the help of Adam McKay, who landed her a role as a writer for the hugely popular Saturday Night Live. By 1999, she became the first female head writer on Saturday Night Live. Fey won a Writers Guild of America Award in 2001 for her role in co-writing the Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary show. The team of writers also went on to win an Emmy Award for their writing in 2002.
Fey was absent from the 'Weekend Update' section of the show for two episodes when she was on maternity leave for the birth of her daughter Alice. Horatio Sanz replaced her for those two episodes before she returned to work, joking "I had to get back to work. NBC has me under contract; the baby and I only have a verbal agreement." Fey was co-anchor of 'Weekend Update' with Jimmy Fallon. When Fallon left as a cast member, he was replaced by Amy Poehler.
Fey left Saturday Night Live to work on a new show, 30 Rock but in February 2008 she returned to host the first show of Saturday Night Live after the Writers Guild of America strike. Whilst hosting the show, she performed an impression of Ellen Page (as her role in Juno). She also returned to the show in September 2008 to perform an impression of Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate in the 2008 US Presidential elections against Barack Obama. In a later episode, she returned to the role, with George W. Bush played by Will Ferrell.
Tina Fey developed the sitcom 30 Rock for NBC, which she not only writes but also stars in. The show won an Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Fey herself won an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also won a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Comedy.
In 2004, Tina Fey wrote and co-starred in Mean Girls, which also starred Lindsay Lohan. She also starred in Baby Mama, along with her Saturday Night Live co-star Amy Poehler.
Tina Fey: Personal Life
Tina Fey married Jeff Richmond in 2001. Richmond is a composer on Saturday Night Live and the pair met whilst they were both at The Second City.
Tina Fey's scoring strong reviews for her new sitcom
Tina Fey’s new Netflix comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is here – and it’s fantastic. Originally created by Fey and Robert Carlock for NBC, the show follows Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) who moves to New York to start her life over after escaping from a doomsday cult.
Ellie Kemper heads up the cast in Tina Fey's new show
“Right there in the title, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt tells you its central character is stronger than what's been done to her, and she will survive it. Plus, it's funny” said Liz Shannon Miller of Indiewire.
Continue reading: So Tina Fey’s Comedy ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Is Great. Obviously.
Tina Fey - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015
Ridiculous, over-the-top, but fully committed - that's the essence of SNL right there.
Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th anniversary this past week. Congratulations! The verdict? It was good enough. Like many other SNL episodes, this one was a 50/50 deal - some of the jokes fell flat, while others got just a passing laugh. There were zingers, but we probably won't be recycling jokes Christopher Walken's "only perscription is more cowbell" in a couple of years.
Happy 40th, Saturday Night Live!
Though re-visiting old sketches and characters was a welcome bit of nostalgia, of course. Tina Fey's Sarah Palin, holding a flute and wondering when the talent portion of the show would begin was a highlight. In the end, more often than not, the show was funny.
Continue reading: Saturday Night Live Is Typical, Moderately Funny, In Anniversary Special
Tina Fey - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Monday 16th February 2015
Tina Fey - Amy Poehler and Amy Adams. A host of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards which were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 12th January 2015
Hollywood better get its thick skin on this Sunday.
So, Bill Cosby jokes – too soon? Or are they getting old now? Well, as far as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are concerned, it’s neither, so the comedic duo will not hesitate to poke fun at the disgraced sitcom star. Not to worry though – this is feminist powerhouses Fey and Poehler here, so we’ll likely be spared the cringe-worthy rape jokes.
Is nothing sacred? Nope, not at the Golden Globes.
Meanwhile, get ready to hear a lot of Cliff Huxtable jokes or something. We’re sure the duo will find some way to make this terrible, horrible, depressing year of awfulness suck a little bit less.
Continue reading: Fey and Poehler Declare Open Season On Hollywood at 2015 Golden Globes
Tina Fey. Amy Poehler. Golden Globes promo. Have I piqued your interest yet? The comedians just released the very first promo leading into Globes season and it is the. Best. Poehler and Fey ask each other the age-old, most hated question at award shows – who will you be wearing?
NBC have found a team that works. So why fix something that's not broken?
The answers aren’t quite what you’d expect. Or maybe they are, actually, if you’ve been following these ladies’ careers closely.