Tag: Tina Fey

Happy Birthday, Tina Fey

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born 41 years ago this day!  She was hired for the Second City Touring Company while still in classes at Second City. She started dating Jeff Richmond then, who is now her husband, father to her two children and executive producer of 30 Rock. So, uh, get on that, you slacker.... Read more »

Tina Fey: Ever the Twain Shall Meet

America’s sweetheart, Tina Fey, is a comedy legend. What, too soon? Well, not now. Yesterday, (November 9, 2010) Tina was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. (there’s a sentence that names 4 great Americans.) That picture over there <—– is Tina and her husband Jeff Richmond. I... Read more »

Tina Fey says, "Hi."

Right now, Tina Fey could probably get an Amelia Earheart movie musical made, but not so, 15 years ago.   Just like thousands before her, while she was in Chicago, Tina did the occasional “corporate gig” and she was lucky enough to get a commercial. Here it is, from 1995: I feel like they were going for an... Read more »
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Scott Adsit is the Man

He’s famous now, but even before he was, he was one of Chicago’s greatest improvisers. He’s Scott Adsit. I was lucky enough to move to Chicago in 1994, just when Scott began his work on the Second City Mainstage with “Old Wine in New Bottles.” It was an archive show, but the improv sets were... Read more »

Date Night... with OPRAH!

Chicago Improv ex-pats Tina Fey and Steve Carell visited the Oprah! Of course, Tina Fey was on several improv teams here in Chicago before joining Second City where Steve Carell was a veteran of the Mainstage. While they never worked together here in Chicago, they’re both the anchors of the NBC Thursday night lineup and... Read more »

England Likes Fey

Tina Fey, America’s Darling, jumps across the pond! The British Daily Mail Online has a great interview with Tina Fey today. It’s mostly about her entire journey but ostensibly about her upcoming movie, Date Night with her fellow Second City alum Steve Carell. It’s snowy and cold here in Chicago, so spend some more time... Read more »
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Live! from Chicago (and NY)!

Facebook WINS! WE win! As I wrote here, a Facebook fanpage has forced Saturday Night Live’s hand. Betty White (who eventually publicly said that she would serve if asked) will host a Mother’s Day special for SNL. The May 8th show will also have SNL alumni Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Molly Shannon, Maya... Read more »

The Biggest Comedian You've Never Heard Of

Like some sort of Zelig or Forrest Gump, Del Close has influenced, touched, and taught just about every comedian for the past four decades. He directed at Second City for years, created the Harold out in San Francisco in the 60s, was “House Metaphysician” for Saturday Night Live, wrote comic books, and, of course, taught... Read more »

Facebook Bullies SNL

It’s gonna happen! The Facebook page, “Betty White to Host SNL (please?)” has 448,000 fans and it looks like SNL is going to comply! With the popularity of her recent Superbowl commercial this fanpage exploded onto the scene and CNN and People magazine both picked up the story. Personally, I’ve had a crush on her... Read more »
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Tina Fey Mentions Del Close, Martin DeMaat &amp; Don Depollo

Tina Fey, First Lady of Comedy, won Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Comedy Series at last nights Screen Actors Guild awards. That she won should come as no surprise; she won the same award for the past three years, has received seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and four Writers Guild of... Read more »