by Tamara Hogan
When I learned that this month's blog theme was fascinating women, I immediately called dibs on Elizabeth Stamatina (Tina) Fey.
Fey, who honed her writing and acting chops at Second City Chicago, came to cultural prominence as a writer and actor at "Saturday Night Live," where she ultimately became the show's first female head writer and helmed the "Weekend Update" desk with Jimmy Fallon and then Amy Poehler. She adapted the screenplay for, and starred in, the movie "Mean Girls," and teamed again with Poehler for "Baby Mama." She's the writer, star and executive producer of the NBC comedy "30 Rock." And, as if being one of the strongest sketch comedy, television and movie writers around wasn't achievement enough, last month she hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list with her hilarious and poignant memoir, "Bossypants."
Writer, actor, wife, mother, producer, Emmy winner, reluctant covergirl, and the youngest-ever recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, Fey arguably impacted the 2008 American presidential race with her dead-on impression of then-vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
As a woman of a similar age, I find Fey's personal and professional achievements astounding, and her impact on the culture undeniable. Rather than drooling over what a national treasure I think this woman is - when does she sleep? - I'll let Tina's writing do the talking:
Wickedly funny cultural commentary at Saturday Night Live:
"Mom Jeans" - writer Fey adds a new phrase to the lexicon
"Brownie Husband" - with or without nuts!
"Annuale" - "...you may develop a leathery tail."
More clever wordplay: (not necessarily safe for work):
"Colonel Angus Comes Home" - "We haven't seen Colonel Angus around these parts for years."
Fey and Amy Poehler as Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, talking about sexism in politics - "I invite the media to grow a pair. And if you can't, I will lend you mine."
Fey (hilariously) accepting the Mark Twain Prize for Humor (8:56).
An excerpt from "Bossypants" called "A Mother's Prayer for Its Daughter." (Alice, do NOT mouth off to your mother in front of Hollister. You have been warned.)