I probably don’t need to convince you that Tina Fey is amazing. But lately, with the pieces she has been writing for The New Yorker, I am falling in love all over again with the way she mixes humor, neuroticism and wisdom all into the same breath. This week, Tina wrote a piece called “Lessons From Late Night,” in which she recounts some of the teachings she absorbed from legendary “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels. Tina writes, “During my nine years at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ my relationship with Lorne transitioned from Terrified Pupil and Reluctant Teacher, to Small-Town Girl and Streetwise Madam Showing Her the Ropes, to Annie and Daddy Warbucks (touring company).” Some of the things Tina says she learned: don’t hire anyone you wouldn’t want to run into in the hallway at three in the morning. And never tell a crazy person they are crazy. True dat. Keep reading »
“The part of Jack Donaghy [on "30 Rock"] was written for Alec Baldwin. Unfortunately, I did not have the courage to introduce myself to him and tell him that at the time, so for several months I met with some of the best actors in New York, and also some that are only okay. And with each meeting I had in an attempt to cast Jack Donaghy, it just became clearer and clearer that this part was for no one except Alec Baldwin. And so I knew what I had to do: I got pregnant and I stalled for a year. And then when I came back from my maternity leave at “SNL,” Alec was hosting the show, and he was having fun with it that week and the sketches were not terrible, thankfully, and so Lorne and I said to each other, ‘Should we ask him? Maybe we should just ask him.’ And so, I hid and Lorne asked him, and here we are five years and almost a hundred dollars later … Our show would not have gotten on the air without you. It would not have remained on the air without you. I shudder to think what low-rent “Two and a Half Men” show we would have without you.
— An excerpt from Tina Fey‘s speech honoring Alec Baldwin at the Museum of the Moving Image. See the rest of the speech here. “30 Rock” is quite possibly the funniest show on television. I am still in mourning about the fact that Alec is leaving. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
“I have a suspicion that the definition of ‘crazy’ in show business is a woman who keeps talking even after no one wants to f**k her anymore.”
— Tina Fey, writing in The New Yorker. Yes, The New Yorker! My dream woman writes for The New Yorker! Which is kind of why she’s my dream woman, isn’t it? But seriously, this is so true. Just ask Helen Mirren. [The New Yorker via GQ.tumblr.com] Keep reading »
The other day, Jessica told us
about Tina Fey receiving the Mark Twain Prize for humor last week (only “the third woman in history to do so after Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg”). We saw a clip of Fey’s acceptance speech, but it turns out there was more to Fey’s speech — over 30 seconds, in fact, that PBS censored. Here’s what we didn’t see. What do you think — were her jokes offensive or controversial enough to warrant the censorship? [via YouTube
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