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AP picks Tina Fey as entertainer of the year

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 25th 2008 6:30PM
Tina FeyThank you Associated Press, not just for making the most sound choice for Entertainer of the Year since Stephen Colbert, but for giving me another excuse to do a Google image search of Tina Fey cheesecake photos. And I didn't even get them anything for Christmas.

Broadcast producers and newspaper editors -- who weren't busy safeguarding their pensions and 401Ks by burying what's left of them in the desert -- cast their votes in the AP's annual Entertainer of the Year Poll. The honors went to 30 Rock star and SNL lifeguard Tina Fey.

It's really the no-brainer choice. Sharon Eberson, entertainment editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, told the wire service, "She gave us funny when we really needed it and, in a year when women in politics were making huge strides, Fey stood out in the world of entertainment."

It really shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone who doesn't live in a cave or still flips through the radio dial wondering what happened to Fibber McGee and the Mercury Theater On the Air.

Fey's not only had a hit show that has redefined how sitcoms are written and produced at a time when everyone thought they'd been killed off by the lingering, slow deaths of shows like According to Jim and others. She also saved Saturday Night Live by making it smart and satirical again, even if she had a monkey in the shape of Jimmy Fallon on her back. Her presence and brilliance alone made 30 Rock a hit. If she had a third show, she could probably use it to cure herpes or worst case scenario, make it another hit for the fledgling NBC.

What's surprising is whose butts she kicked to win the award. She beat out Robert Downey Jr. and the late Heath Ledger for their respective performances in Iron Man and The Dark Knight. Downey turned an otherwise run-of-the-mill comic book film into a certified blockbuster, along with director Jon Favreau's epic vision. Ledger gave an Oscar-worthy performance as the Joker, which no one thought was possible since the last Fantastic Four movie actually caused blindness.

All three used their performances and talent to pull up and save some great projects to even higher levels of excellence. Next year, Fey may have to actually donate a kidney or other vital to save another TV show if she wants a two-peat.

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Nice pic of Tina.
She needs to do more photo shoots. She is every geeks wet dream girl.

December 27 2008 at 4:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tina Fey was wildly successful LONG before the impersonations of Palin. She's already written two successful films, had multiple emmys and created/wrote/starred in a critically acclaimed show that is in its 3rd season.

Palin simply made Fey more recognizable to the troglodytes littering the red states.

December 26 2008 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She got her fame and Fortune off Sarah Palin, a woman she loathes. How hypocritical. Hmmmm... Anything for money.

December 26 2008 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to moveover's comment

Funny, I thought she started getting big off of Mean Girls, but I must have been mistaken & it must have been some other Tina fey that was writing 30 Rock for a year and a half (& getting nods) before Sarah Palin appeared on the scene

December 27 2008 at 3:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I understand how you feel and I would have agreed with you 101% a couple months ago.

The previous posters are corrent. Ms Fey didn't just get famous, but she did get a boost in popularity from the Sarah Palin impressions.
Keep in mind though, she didn't want to do it. America was screaming for her to do it. The public had her cast in that roll the day McCain announced her as his running mate.
If performers only did things they like, or approve of, there would be even more starving artists out there than there already is. So I don't really think she is a hypocrit.

Yeah I think she should have kept her true feelings about Sarah to herself, but I think overall, she did a pretty good job seperating her job from her personal feelings.

December 27 2008 at 4:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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