A Complete History Of Tina Fey Being Amazing
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA!
Today is Tina Fey’s birthday. HAPPY BRITHDAY TINA. From her early days as head writer at SNL to writing and starring in 30 Rock and killing it year-after-year at the Golden Globes, Tina has been making us cry laugh for just about as long as we’ve been alive. So we thought we’d take some time to have a look at all the amazing things she’s accomplished…so far.
She was a very advanced kid
At just 11 Tina already knew she wanted to be a comedian. So much so that when most kids were reading, ya know, kids books she read and wrote about Joe Franklin's Seventy Years of Great Film Comedians for her school book report. Look it up, this is a v difficult book for an 11-year-old!
She was a great student
Tina was an honours student and was involved in ALL the extra-circular activity. She was in the choir, on the tennis team, in the drama club and was co-editor of the school newspaper. WERK
She didn’t stop there in her education
Tina went on to study play-writing and acting at the University of Virginia where she won a special arts award, The Pettway Prize. Was she done there? No course not. After college she wanted to continue studying comedy but needed the money to pay for classes so worked during the day as a receptionist and took comedy classes at night.
She was SNL’s first female head writer
All this work evidently paid off. After submitting several scripts while studying she eventually got hired at Saturday Night Live where she quickly rose through the ranks and within three years was head writer.
Teaming up with Amy Poehler, they were the first women to anchor ‘Weekend Update’
Initially co-anchoring with Jimmy Fallon, Tina slayed for years on SNL’s Weekend Update, their longest running sketch, parodying news and events. When Jimmy Fallon left the show in 2004 though he was replaced by Amy Poehler and history was made. It was the first time Weekend Update had been anchored only by women and was a huge hit, obvz.
SHE WROTE MEAN GIRLS
You can forget everything else on this list really; Tina Fey is responsible for the Mean Girls. Nuff said.
She’s apparently writing a Mean Girls musical
30 Rock was originally rejected
When Tina first came up with 30 Rock and pitched it to NBC they didn’t like it and turned poor Tina away. But she didn’t give up, she went back to the drawing board and came up with the show we know and love today.
She’s done a tonne of charity work
Outside of her work Tina is obviously a lovely person. But if you needed any proof, Tina has worked with organisations working to end world hunger, violence against children, with cancer suffers, autism suffers and a whole host of others.
She’s a *fire emoji* rapper
Yeah you read that right. Tina has tried her hand (and smashed it) at rap. Back in 2012 she appeared on Childish Gambino song Real Estate. If you’re wondering how on earth this came about, Childish Gambino is Donald Glover, her fellow 30 Rock writer, that’s the link. We might be bias but we think Tina has an awesome rap career ahead of her.
She’s won more awards than we can even count
Okay so we counted, it’s 36. We think. Either way, it’s a LOT! This includes eight Emmys, two Golden Globes a Grammy... we could go on. She’s good okay.
She’s got moves
Her and Amy Poeler are the greatest BFFs in history
We’re not exaggerating, whether it’s killing it at the Golden Globes, starring in movies together or slamming sexism wherever they find it, Amy and Tina are the ultimate comedy-duo.
She’s a bestselling author
Tina’s book Bossypants which is basically all about how Tina, a woman *gasp*, was able to smash it in an industry dominated by men (it’s just her auto-biography, but that’s her story so…) and it’s AMAZING. Since its release the book has sold over 1 million copies in the US and topped the New York Times Best Seller List for five weeks.
There’s so much more we could say, but you get the jist… we love you Tina! HBD!!