By Amy Chesler
Tina Fey got her start behind-the-scenes as a writer for Saturday Night Live in 1997, and after three years of scribing scripts, she moved to the front of the camera. She proved her worth quickly, even salvaging the failing Weekend Update segment. In fact, according to Rolling Stone magazine, she is one of the top three most influential SNL cast members ever (following only Eddie Murphy and John Belushi). She continues to contribute to the show even still!
However, Tina experienced a newfound fame when her hit movie, Mean Girls, came out in 2004. She wrote the film and her character in it was the perfect balance to the spot-on, high school humor.
From there, it was nowhere but up! Her next inspiration led her to develop the NBC show 30 Rock. Her role as Liz Lemon, head writer for a live-sketch comedy show, earned her an Emmy nom. The show itself went on to win an award in 2007 (two years in a row, I might add).
Two of my absolute favorite Fey films were brought to us next in 2010: Megamind and Date Night. The former is a hilarious cartoon chock full of celebrities, a rich storyline, and the anti-hero. The latter is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, and the on-screen chemistry Tina has with Steve Carrell is virtually unmatched. I’d watch it for the banter alone, but the action is killer, too. Gotta love them both (thanks, 2010 Tina)!
Then when we all thought Tina couldn’t have been better paired up, we were given Admission in 2013. In it, Tina is a Princeton admissions officer who takes a chance on an unlikely candidate because she thinks it’s the son she gave up for adoption. Oh, and did I mention Paul Rudd? It also has Paul Rudd in it. Mmm... Paul Rudd. 🤤
Next up came Muppets Most Wanted, which, in true Muppet style, is hilarious. Tina plays Nadya, a Siberian prison guard who thwarts Kermit’s escape. If you haven’t seen it, that should be enough to convince you.
There were of course other gems peppered in, but the most important one (to me) was 2015’s Sisters. Fey and Poehler’s characters were painfully relatable sisters back in town to process their parents house for sale, before they decide to throw an epic last hurrah, high school-style. The antics are beyond ridiculous, as per usual. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about time you brought the party home.
We can’t wait to see what else Tina has up her sleeve! What’s your favorite Fey film? Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Amy Chesler is an author, content creator, blogger, and family woman from Los Angeles, California. Her most recent publications include four different contributions in six different Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as her first solo children’s book, A Man and His Books. Follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ABCauthor1), Twitter (@abcauthor), or Instagram (@abc_author) for updates, giveaways, and much more!