Tina Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series ‘Saturday Night Live’ from 1997 to 2006 and for creating the acclaimed comedy series ’30 Rock’ which ran from 2006 to 2013 and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ in 2015. She is also known for her work in film, with starring roles in ‘Baby Mama’ in 2008, ‘Date Night’ in 2010, ‘Megamind’ in 2010, ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ in 2014, ‘Sisters’ in 2015, and ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ in 2016.
Fey broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group ‘The Second City’. She then joined ‘SNL’ as a writer, later becoming head writer and a performer, known for her position as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment and, later, for her satirical portrayal of 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in subsequent guest appearances. In 2004, she co-starred in and wrote the screenplay for ‘Mean Girls’, which was adapted from the 2002 self-help book ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes’. After leaving ‘SNL’ in 2006, she created the television series ’30 Rock’ for Broadway Video, a sitcom loosely based on her experiences at ‘SNL’. In the series, she starred as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a fictional sketch comedy series.
Fey received her SAG card after appearing in Artie Lange’s ‘Beer League’ released in 2006. She and former ‘SNL’ castmate Amy Poehler starred in the 2008 comedy ‘Baby Mama’. The movie was written and directed by Michael McCullers. The plot concerns Kate (Fey), a business woman, who wants a child but, discovering she has only a million-to-one chance of getting pregnant, decides to find a surrogate: Angie (Poehler), a white-trash schemer.
In 2009, Fey appeared in ‘The Invention of Lying’, alongside Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, and Christopher Guest. Her next film role was in Shawn Levy’s 2010 comedy ‘Date Night’, a feature that focuses on a married couple, played by Fey and Steve Carell, who go on a date; however, the night goes awry for the two. The same year, she voiced Roxanne Ritchie, a television reporter, in the DreamWorks animated film ‘Megamind’. In 2011, she released her memoir, ‘Bossypants’, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks and garnered her a Grammy Award nomination.
In 2013, Fey starred alongside Paul Rudd in the romantic comedy-drama film ‘Admission’, based on the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel by the same name. The film was directed by Paul Weitz. She later starred in the 2014 comedy-drama ‘This Is Where I Leave You’, helmed by ‘Date Night’ director Shawn Levy.
In 2015, Fey then re-teamed with Poehler, starring in the comedy film ‘Sisters’ as the title characters, and received positive reviews for her role. In 2016, she starred in the biographical war comedy-drama ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’, based on the memoir ‘The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan’, to mixed reviews, with some criticizing the whitewashing of characters of color in the film. She co-created the Netflix comedy series ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ in the same year.