Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tina Fey's Comedy Bat Mitzvah

This year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was none other than my favorite lady, Tina Fey, and I can't believe I haven't blogged about this yet.

Perhaps it's because whenever it comes to Tina Fey, all I can ever really do is gush about her. Lucky for you, a handful of Really Awesome People came together and did exactly that, and far more eloquently than I ever could. Also, they actually know her and so that carries some extra weight.

As I watched the ceremony Sunday night, I will say that I got a little teary-eyed. It's extremely silly to say this, but the fact is that I'm damn proud of Tina. I've been watching her on my TV since she was doing Update with Jimmy Fallon, and I'm so glad that not only is she still on my TV, but also that she's getting recognized for her talent and hard work. Even without all the political crap, I think she's left her mark on American comedy and deserves to be honored.

If you get a chance to watch the ceremony, you should. The parade of people toasting Tina's success was seriously a single-file line of Awesomeness (Betty White! Steve Martin! Jimmy Fallon! Tracy Morgan! Jon Hamm! Jane Krakowski!) but I think I loved Amy Poehler's speech the most.

Mark Twain once said, “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand." But it was Shania Twain who said, “Man! I feel like a woman!” Tonight, we celebrate a dynamite woman, a first-class lady, an upstanding broad, and a straight-up dame. Tina, I am so honored to be able to attend your Comedy Bat Mitzvah tonight. So far the food has been excellent, and your Evita theme is really working.

Without missing a beat, Tina opened her arms majestically over the balcony where she was seated, and proved to everyone in the room that she and Amy really have been comedy partners for 17 years. Amy closed out her homage with an "I love you, sister," and I couldn't be happier that these comedy sisters both made it all the way from improv classes in Chicago.

Naturally, Tina's acceptance speech is also excellent. Full of self-deprecating humor, topical humor, warmth, sass, and humility, it's classic Tina. I'm so glad this lady has been on my TV since 2000.

Watch the full episode. See more Mark Twain Prize.


  1. Yes! Great post; you took the words right out of my mouth. Amy's speech was my favorite as well, and I also feel so proud of Tina, which does sound funny to say but at least you know what I mean. Tina is my heroine. And by that I mean lady hero...I don't want to inject her and listen to jazz. :)

  2. Haha! And it'd probably be okay if you followed her to a second location. ;) Thanks for reading!

  3. Nice article..Amy is really fantastic and funny as usual.
    Loved it.


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