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Tina Fey's New Sitcom — And 11 Of Her Best Comedic Moments!

tina-feyIs it next fall yet? Because listen up, nerds: Tina Fey is back in TV show business.

NBC has picked up a brand new show produced and written by Tina, scheduled to debut in the fall of 2014. It has no name yet, but Ellie Kemper, of The Office and Bridesmaids, is slated to star as a woman who flees a doomsday cult to move to New York.

This sounds perfectly normal for a Tina Fey show, and also perfectly awesome. I watched every season of The Office, and Kemper was my favorite of all of the actors who joined the show in its later years. It’ll be fun to see her evolve as a lead.ellie-kemper

If you, like me, loved Liz Lemon and 30 Rock, have mourned her absence on Saturday Night Live, and just aren’t satisfied with her occasional guest appearance and film, you’ll probably be just as happy to have Tina’s humor back on the small screen in any way. I’m still wondering if (also known as hoping that) she will have a role of any size on the new show, and if not, what acting vehicle she’ll choose next. She’s been equally as influential behind the screen as on, but I still have to admit that my favorite things she writes (and ad-libs) are her own lines. I’d also love to see her and Ellie Kemper act together, because I think they’d have good, complementary energy. I’m sure the main character could use an older sister or, er, a cult deprogrammer on her team? Fey could fit either bill.

SNL colleague Seth Meyers said of Tina: “You can’t learn talent, but you can learn work ethic. She’s the hardest worker. She’s an assassin.” The length and depth of her show business resume shows that that’s true.

While we’re waiting to see what she does next, let’s take a look at some of the highlights of Tina’s nonstop, multi-faceted career.

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  • Tina Fey’s Career Highlights 1 of 12
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  • Second City 2 of 12
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    Tina Fey got her start in comedy after college with the Second City Comedy Troupe in Chicago. She has described her time there as "the best job I ever had, the happiest time of my life in a lot of ways...to be living in Chicago, and to be paid to improvise on a nightly basis, and to be part of that institution was a great joy." 

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  • Baby Mama 3 of 12
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    Tina played a woman hoping to have a baby via a surrogate — played by frequent co-star Amy Poehler — in 2008's Baby Mama

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  • Sarah Palin impersonation 4 of 12
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    The reaction to Tina's Sarah Palin impersonation — brilliantly played out during the 2008 presidential election cycle — was potentially more newsworthy on some days than the former governor of Alaska herself. 

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  • Date Night 5 of 12
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    Tina and her husband Jeff Richmond had a date night for the premiere of her 2010 film with Steve Carrell about a couple who had their own night out that ended in mistaken identity. 

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  • Megamind 6 of 12
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    Fey voiced Roxanne Ritchie to Will Ferrell's Megamind and Brad Pitt's Metro Man in this animated film. 

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  • Hosting The Golden Globes 7 of 12
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    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globe Awards in 2013, to smashing success. It was announced last month that they'll have the gig again in 2014 and 2015. Hint: even if you've sworn off awards shows for some reason, you should show up for this one. Amy and Tina crushed it, and I'm sure they'll repeat that for the next two years. 

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  • Mean Girls 8 of 12
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    Tina wrote the screenplay for this wildly popular teen classic film, starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, among others. Mean Girls was released in 2004. 

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  • Saturday Night Live 9 of 12
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    Writer, star, and now frequent guest, Tina was on SNL from 1997 to 2010. One of the funniest women in show business history, in my opinion, it's hard to say what was and wasn't her influence as a writer during her tenure, but I will say that I don't think there was much better on television than Weekend Update with Tina and Jimmy Fallon or Amy Poehler. 

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  • Bossypants 10 of 12
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    Tina's bestselling book, Bossypants, "isn't a memoir," said the New York Times. "It's a spiky blend of humor, introspection, critical thinking and Nora Ephron-isms for a new generation." It covers Tina's story from childhood, through college, career, and motherhood. 

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  • 30 Rock 11 of 12
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    A tv show within a tv show, with a frenetic pace that showed viewers that Tina was definitely in charge, 30 Rock was one of the best things to happen to television, ever. That's just my opinion of course, but I know for sure I'm not alone in this one. 

     

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  • Mark Twain Prize for American Humor 12 of 12
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    Tina was the third woman and youngest person ever — at age 40 — to win this prestigious award. She was the 2010 honoree. 

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