14 Tina Fey Jokes and Moments for the Comedy Hall of Fame
Tina Fey is arguably the most influential woman in comedy since Lucille Ball. With her past as a sketch writer, breaking out on Saturday Night Live, writing/starring/producing her own long-running sitcom 30 Rock and constantly getting tabbed to write monologues for and host various award shows and events, there is very little that she hasn’t tackled in the last two decades. Beyond that, of course, she and her contemporaries opened up more doors for funny women to be showcased as leads of their own stories too.
Given such accomplishments and plaudits, we grabbed several of Fey’s greatest hits for our Comedy Hall of Fame...
Co-Hosting the 2015 Golden Globes
“Tonight, we celebrate all the great television shows we know and love as well as all the movies North Korea was okay with.”
As 22 in ‘Soul’
As the jaded 22, Fey puts in a great vocal performance showing off her comedic timing and delivery in being a soul that just plain doesn’t think being alive is worthwhile.
When She Sided With Philadelphia
Philadelphia Eagles fans and New England Patriots fans are insufferable rivals in the NFL, but as revolutionaries in 1775, it was somehow worse.
When Julia Louis-Dreyfus Stole Her Emmy
As the Mother of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force
In one of her most daring roles, Fey voiced the mother of the Aqua Teens in the phenomenal Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. Here is her performance in its entirety:
As a Weekend Update Co-Anchor
Along with being a writer and cast member, Fey was a longstanding anchor for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segments.
Helping Men Meet Their Second Wife
Fey played a host on one of SNL’s trademark gameshow sketches, providing a commentary on happily married men’s life changes that typically cause them to divorce their current wife and find a new spouse. And age gaps. Frightening age gaps.
Her Recurring Role as Sarah Palin
During the 2008 presidential election season, Fey appeared on SNL as Vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin due to also being a white woman with glasses and brown hair. However, she also delivered a solid impression and jokes to boot, to the point that the real Palin appeared on the show.
Being a Pusher on ‘Mean Girls’
Being the writer of the hit comedy starring Lindsay Lohan, Fey wrote herself a great role as one of the well-meaning teachers who doesn’t seem to get much respect from anyone.
When She Hosted ‘SNL’ and Took Audience Questions
Fey came back to host Saturday Night Live but had a new twist on the traditional opening monologue, so she took questions from the audience (which happened to be filled with celebrities).
Fey was featured in one of the most lauded SNL parody ads ever. It’s still getting laughs 20 years later.
As a Philly Native on ‘Bronx Beat’
In SNL’s Bronx Beat sketch, Fey played Cousin Karen and got to let her Pennsylvanian roots and accent fly.
As a Census Taker on ‘SNL’
It’s Fey paired up with Betty White. What’s not to like?
As Liz Lemon on ‘30 Rock’
Her biggest and best starring role, Fey shined as Liz Lemon with not only a cartoonish commentary of her time working at Saturday Night Live but with fabulous one-liners such as “I’m actually jealous of you. You’ve got stability, a great marriage, devoted kids; you know what I have? A Sims family that keeps getting murdered.”