10 Reasons Why We'd Enroll at the University of Tina Fey
By Jason Hazzard
What would it take to gain admission to the University of Tina Fey? Well, applicants would need to have high marks in the arts of wit and grammar, be involved in all nerd-friendly extracurricular activities, and ooze style and grace (well, maybe not grace). You can scope out other qualities that Dean Fey may look for when you watch her bubbly hijinks unfold in Admission on March 22.
1. She follows her dreams.
Fey grew up watching Second City TV and Saturday Night Live, later breaking into comedy as a member of the Second City Comedy Group before landing at SNL as a writer.
2. She breaks barriers.
In 1999 Fey became the first female head writer for Saturday Night Live, which, albeit long overdue, would lay the framework for her most critically acclaimed creation, 30 Rock.
3. She does not take "no" for an answer.
In 2002 Fey first approached NBC with the idea of her critically acclaimed series 30 Rock, and they rejected it. She re-worked the comedy to focus on the head writer of a sketch comedy show (a.k.a. her life), and NBC accepted it. And thus Liz Lemon was born.
4. She's a comedic role model.
She’s a role model for women in comedy, but before becoming a role model herself, Fey looked up to the likes of Catherine O'Hara and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Now they're like, BFFs, and present together at award shows and other star-studded events.
5. She wrote Mean Girls.
She wrote and starred in Mean Girls, which basically rewrote the rules of feminism, duh.
6. She's a survivor.
Fey has a scar a few inches long on the left side of her chin and cheek, the cause of which remained unexplained to the public until a 2008 Vanity Fair profile and subsequently in her autobiography, where she revealed "During the spring semester of kindergarten, I was slashed in the face by a stranger in the alley behind my house."
7. She's funny and pretty.
Fey was ranked in the Hot 100 List at number 80 in Maxim magazine in 2002. She was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2003 and included in the magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People list in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
8. She’s a best-selling author.
Her autobiographical book, Bossypants, topped the The New York Times best-seller list for five weeks.
9. She rocked the Golden Globes.
When Fey and longtime friend Amy Poehler co-hosted the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, critics and audiences alike hailed it as a smashing success. Following Lena Dunham's acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical, Fey quipped: "Congratulations Lena, I’m glad we got you through middle school."
10. She’s super rich!
Fey repeatedly lands at the top of Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid TV actresses, last year landing at No. 5 with $11 million/year. It's safe to say that Ms. Fey is better than us... but it's OK because we love her anyway.
Would YOU enroll at Tina Fey U? Tell us why, below!