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Quickies: Tina Fey’s Memoir “Bossypants” Is Out & Will Kim Kardashian Become A Jersey Girl?

  • Tina Fey’s memoir Bossypants is out today! I love this explanation for how she chose the title: “Why is this book called Bossypants? One, because the name ‘Two and a Half Men’ was already taken. And two, because ever since I became an executive producer of ’30 Rock,’ people have asked me, ‘Is it hard for you, being the boss?’ and ‘Is it uncomfortable for you to be the person in charge?’ You know, in the same way they say, ‘Gosh, Mr. Trump, is it awkward for you to be the boss of all these people?’ I can’t answer for Mr. Trump, but in my case it is not.” [ABC News]
  • Oopies. That nude photo of Elizabeth Taylor was apparently a fake. It’s reportedly a photo of dancer Lee Evans, taken by photographer Peter Gowland for a book called Classic Nude Photography: Techniques and Images with Liz’s face Photoshopped atop it. You sure had me. [Digital Spy]

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The 5 Things I’ve Learned From Working At The Frisky

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 »

Tina Fey Resorted To Getting Knocked Up To Land Alec Baldwin For “30 Rock”

“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 »

Tina Fey Defines “Crazy”

“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 »

PBS Censors Tina Fey


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] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Tina Fey Owes It All To Sarah Palin

  • Check out Tina Fey’s acceptance speech for receiving the Mark Twain Prize for humor last week. Tina is only the third woman in history to do so after Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg. “I do hope women are achieving at a rate these days that we can stop counting what number they are at things,” Fey said. “Yes, I was the first female head writer on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and yes, I was the second woman to be pregnant on the show, and yes, I am only the third recipient of this prize. I would love to be the fourth woman to do something, but I just don’t see myself married to Lorne [Micheals, producer of "SNL"].” She also thanks Sarah Palin: “My partial resemblance and her crazy voice are the two luckiest things that have ever happened to me.” [NYMag.com]
  • Four hundred schools in the U.K. changed “gingerbread men” to “gingerbread persons” on a school newsletter in an attempt to be politically correct. [The Gloss]

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Tina Fey Owes Her Success To “A Little Luck And Tons Of Plastic Surgery”

Our invitations to Tina Fey‘s reception last night at the Kennedy Center, where she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, must have gotten lost in the mail. The best of the best came out for Tina — Betty White, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels — but Amy Poehler totally burst our bubble on what it took for this “SNL”/”30 Rock” star to succeed: “a little luck and tons of plastic surgery.” Ha! [Washington Post] Keep reading »

“Saturday Night Live” To Air Second “Women Of SNL” On November 1

After a successful ladyflower extravaganza hosted by Betty White last spring, on Monday, November 1, “Saturday Night Live” will air yet another ode to the vag. The “Women of SNL” special will blend both new and old, mixing classic clips with new material from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph and others. Yay … I think? I would watch two hours of these ladies clipping their toenails. (Call me, Tina.) But at some point, “SNL” should not need these specials. The show should just have lots of funny women comics and writers all the time. Hire a funny black lady so damn Kenan Thompson doesn’t keep having to wear a dress and lipstick, you hear? [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »

Shocking! Tina Fey’s Hairy Man Arms!

Tina Fey has written a book! (Exclamation point times 100.) The title Bossypants makes it sound like yet another damn “career advice from a celebrity” book, but thankfully the book includes essays about work, motherhood and marriage. The jokers over at The Awl snapped an image of a poster for Bossypants at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which may be the cover? I don’t know; Amazon.com has not posted an image yet. Either way, it just goes to show how much TV magic it takes to cover up Tina Fey’s hairy man arms. [TheAwl.com] Keep reading »

Behold: The Tina Fey Swimsuit Calendar

I think you know what you’re getting, oh, everyone you know for the holiday season—the 2011 Tina Fey Swimsuit Calendar. The way I phrased that makes it sound like there was such a calendar for 2010, but there wasn’t. This is a brand-new concept that Tina unveiled over the weekend at “Night of Too Many Stars,” a Comedy Central special that will air later this month. All the images contain Tina’s head Photoshopped onto a bikini-clad body. And, yes, she’s wearing her glasses in every shot. Hawt! [NY Post] Keep reading »

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