Tina Fey will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on November 9, 2010. Fey is currently the producer, head writer, and star of the Emmy award winning show she created, “30 Rock.” Prior to “30 Rock,” Tina was the head writer and a cast member of “Saturday Night Live;” she was the first female head writer in the show’s long history. Add to all of that a film career and fashion sense (with her iconic black-rimmed glasses), and Tina Fey is one talented woman.
From a young age, the star knew she had a fondness for comedy. She earned a degree of drama from the University of Virginia, and ended up in Chicago working with the Second City Theater. The Second City Theater is an improvisational comedy group. The group is well known for its contributions to many facets of arts and entertainment.
Tina Fey eventually left the theaterwhen she was hired as a writer at “Saturday Night Live.” After a few seasons with the show, Tina was promoted to head writer and also began appearing in sketches. One of her most common and popular sketches was Weekend Update.
Fey left “SNL” in 2006 to work on her television series “30 Rock.” Although the show had difficulty gaining viewers in the beginning, a subsequent Emmy win and word of mouth led to a gradual rise in audience. For her work on the program, Tina has since won many awards including Emmys, Golden Globes, and Screen Actor Guild awards for her writing and role as Liz Lemon.
Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign and after, the hilarious actress returned to “Saturday Night Live” to play Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. Fey’s impersonation of Palin was so good, she won an Emmy for her work as a guest on the show.
Beyond her other achievements, Tina also has a film career. She wrote and appeared in “Mean Girls” (a box office success.) The comedian and writer has starred in “Baby Mama” with “SNL” alum, Amy Poehler, and “Date Night” with Steve Carrel. She has also voiced characters in animated movies. A movie with Meryl Streep is next on her agenda.
Expected to be released in April 2011, Fey has also written a book entitled Bossypants.
In her personal life, “30 Rock’s” Liz Lemon has also been successful. She is married to Jeff Richmond. The couple met while working together at the Second City Theater, and they have been married since 2001. They have one child together, a daughter, Alice.
Fey’s most recent achievement is the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The award is bestowed upon those who have made an impact on society in a way similar to Mark Twain. Tina will be honored at the Kennedy Center on November 9, 2010. Past winners of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor include Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, and Lily Tomlin.
The talented celebrity’s work is critically acclaimed. Fey’s fan base includes many of her colleagues, and many will be with her to celebrate and perform during the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor celebration. Among those attending and performing are Betty White, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Martin, and Jon Hamm.
Tina is a force in comedy. A large part of Fey’s appeal is her apparent normalcy, but the funny, talented star is anything but common.
*The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor will be televised on November 14, 2010 on PBS.
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