When is Tina Fey Funniest?

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By the time you read this blog, I’m betting that the Golden Globe nominations will be out and all of Hollywood will be abuzz with what I’m guessing are good things to say about 127 Hours, Black Swan, InceptionTrue Grit and hopefully, Annette Bening and Colin Firth.  (That is, if Hollywood can stop talking about the Zac Efron/Vanessa Hudgens split.) Meanwhile, we’re getting ready for the PCA’s and thus today we continue with our examination of Favorite Comedic Stars. Last week we were all about Adam Sandler (because we’re going in reverse-alphabetical order). And now, let’s discuss one Elizabeth Stamatina Fey. Otherwise known as Tina. What is it about her that makes her so appealing? Is it the whole glasses/accessibility thing and her self-proclaimed supernerd status? Is it her self-effacement? Curiously, she’s one of the few actresses in Hollywood who has gender-blind adoration and a sterling rep: women worship her and respect her and want her career, while men worship her and respect her and would also like to take her out – and both sexes would like to have a meal with her and chit chat. In fact, she’s pretty much one of the most well-liked funny people in the business. (Nor does she – by all reports – have any kind of reputation as a diva.) Of course, in Hollywood there’s that weird double standard with men and women and, well, Fey’s managed to rise above it all and remain beloved. Not only that, she remains hilarious. Fey started out as so many of our funniest have, on Saturday Night Live. She then wrote the script for Mean Girls (also starring) which got her noticed but quick, and then it was just a matter of time before she was starring in movies too. The major coup of course came when she wrote and starred in 30 Rock, which is still one of the smartest and most enduringly incisive bits of TV on the planet. The dead-on Sarah Palin stuff has certainly helped – made even more delicious when Palin herself appeared onscreen with Fey. She’s won about a zillion Emmys and doesn’t appear to be slowing down.  Plus, there’s a certain practicality to her that’s hard to resist. Reportedly, when Fey returned to network TV after giving birth to her child, she told People Magazine:

“I had to get back to work. NBC has me under contract; the baby and I have only a verbal agreement.”

This is why she’s Tina Fey. And this is why she’s so popular. And why she’s a Favorite Comedic Star nominee. With this in mind, voice your choice in today’s featured poll and tell us which one of these Tina Fey roles is your favorite:

1)   Claire Foster (Date Night )

2)   Kate (Baby Mama)

3)   Liz Lemon (30 Rock)

4)   Sarah Palin (SNL)

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