Okay, “vintage” might be pushing it, because this was filmed only 15 years ago. My point is, this video of a two-woman show by Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch is from their very early “Saturday Night Live” days. “Dratch & Fey” ran at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in New York City (where Time Out New York called it “the funniest thing to be found on any New York comedy stage”) and Second City in Chicago. The comedy blog Splitsider says an old VHS tape of the show appeared on YouTube earlier this week. Need something to watch tonight? You’ve found it! [Splitsider]
There’s a lot to look forward to this fall, like crunchy leaves and pumpkin everything and not being so hot you want to die, but there’s one thing that stands out: I’m talking about a book. But not just any book — it’s a book by AMY POEHLER. And it’s her memoir! It’s called Yes Please, and it’s coming out on October 28th, thus making Halloween only the second coolest thing to happen that week.
(Lena Dunham also has a memoir being published in the fall, Not That Kind Of Girl, out on September 30th. It’s also exciting but like, not as exciting as Amy’s.) Keep reading »
“People certainly have a thing about the glasses. Liz Lemon wore them all the time, and I wore them on ‘Weekend Update’ to see the cue cards. The ones I wore on ’30 Rock’ were fake, but I kept borrowing them for years—I’d take them home and go to the movies. I finally realized they were fake, they did not have my prescription in them. So yes, [they’re] a fetishized object, but I don’t feel like I have to wear them all the time anymore. I try not to wear them if I’m wearing a gown. If I’m too dressed up with glasses, I tend to look like Tootsie.”
I heartily disagree that Tina Fey resembles Tootsie in anyway, glasses or not, gown or jeans. It’s just a case of self-distortion. But I totally understand. Some mornings, I look in the mirror and think my hair looks like a penis. In other news from Tina’s Time Out interview, she admits she has a bit of a crush on Kermit the frog and when asked if she’s a feminist, she replied, “Yeah, sure.” Gotta love the woman. [Time Out via NyMag.com]
“We had lots of battles with the ratings board on the movie. There was the line, ‘Amber D’Alessio gave a blow job to a hot dog,’ which eventually became ‘Amber D’Alessio made out with a hot dog.’ Which is somehow weirder! That’s the thing we found: When you’re trying to make a joke obey the rules and not use any bad words, it can actually become seamier, even. … The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vagina. The ratings board said, ‘We can’t give you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.’ We ended up playing the card that the ratings board was sexist, because ‘Anchorma’n had just come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, and that was PG-13. We told them, ‘You’re only saying this because it’s a girl, and she’s talking about a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women.’ And they eventually had to back down.”
In honor of the 10th anniversary of “Mean Girls” (gah, I’m old), director Mark Waters shared 10 juicy behind-the-scenes tales from Tina Fey’s best movie ever. In addition to sharing that Rachel McAdams was almost cast as Cady Heron, Amanda Seyfried was almost cast as Regina George, and Amy Poehler was almost not cast at all, Waters shared a particularly sexist struggle that the filmmakers had with the MPAA board. The movie ratings organization is notoriously more condemnatory when it’s female sexual pleasure onscreen (rather than male) as well as slang words about female anatomy. (Watch the documentary “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” for so much appalling shit about the MPAA.) Not surprisingly, the latter was absolutely true in the case of “Mean Girls,” where the filmmakers had to fight valiantly to keep in the phrase “wide-set vagina.” Oh, Tina Fey. Keep on fighting the good fight. [NYMag.com]
Fetch your old prom dress out of your closet and fix yourself a dry martini, because the Golden Globe Awards are back and it’s about to get all kinds of fancy up in this bitch.
The ever-fabulous dream team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are back to host one of the biggest parties of the year, and, obviously, we’ll be watching and tweeting along as the magic unfolds. Keep reading »