->''"You remember the beginning of the book where I said I was the underdog? No? [[BadassBoast Me neither.]]"''
-->-- Excerpt from ''Bossypants''

Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American comedy actress and writer of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and ''Series/ThirtyRock'' fame, who seems destined to be remembered as "[[CelebrityResemblance that woman who looks like Sarah Palin]]" (or vice versa). She was also the writer of ''Film/MeanGirls''.

Fey, a self-confessed FagHag, spent her youth hanging around the local theater scene. Following a string of disastrous jobs, she joined Creator/TheSecondCity improv in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, where she met her longtime friend and future colleague Creator/AmyPoehler. She submitted scripts to Lorne Michaels during this period, eventually landing a job at SNL.

Despite graduating to SNL cast member in 2000, she disliked participating in most sketches, finding it difficult to immerse herself in the characters. Despite this, she had some celebrity impressions. Most, if not all of them, were female celebrities who are only famous for being in scandals (Mary Jo Buttafuoco, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's daughter, Barbara Pierce, and Kathleen Willey[[note]]one of many women who have claimed they were sexually harassed by UsefulNotes/BillClinton[[/note]]) or were [[BrainlessBeauty brainless beauties]] (Paris Hilton, Vanna White, Creator/LindsayLohan's mother, Dina, and Mary Ann Mobley).

Acting-wise, Fey's specialty in sketches was in playing neurotic women with a droll sense of humor and varying degrees of nerdiness, a persona apparently based on herself. Thanks to this as well as [[{{Meganekko}} her glasses]], she is seen by some as proof that NerdsAreSexy. However, while she wore glasses for ''Weekend Update'', since she is nearsighted enough to need them to read her cues, she does not actually need them in her day-to-day life. At the same time, they became so iconic that she [[BrainySpecs rarely appears on TV without them]]. This was {{Lampshaded}} in an episode of ''30 Rock''.

Fey's [[CelebrityResemblance physical resemblance]] to former Republican [=VP=] nominee UsefulNotes/SarahPalin was played with by having Fey make guest appearances on ''[=SNL=]'' as Palin. In the first Fey-as-Palin sketch, Creator/AmyPoehler (as UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton) made reference at one point to her "[[CelebrityParadox Tina Fey glasses]]". It was further played with when Palin herself (who had earlier dressed up as Fey one Halloween) made an appearance on the show with Fey, both wearing the same outfit. And an incident where show host Alec Baldwin started bad-mouthing Sarah Palin because he thought he was talking to Tina Fey... only to be told by Creator/LorneMichaels that he was [[YourCostumeNeedsWork actually talking to Palin]].

Her memoir, ''Bossypants,'' was released in 2011, and reveals much about her views on life, her rise to stardom, and her misadventures involving mountain climbing, the YMCA, and cruise ships catching on fire. ItMakesSenseInContext, just buy the book.


!!Tropes which apply to Tina Fey:

* ACupAngst: Occasionally played for laughs on ''SNL''.
* AuthorAvatar: Hers is quite blatantly [[Series/ThirtyRock Liz Lemon]].
* BilingualBonus On the 5/8/10 episode of SNL (the one with Creator/BettyWhite) she reprised part of her ''Weekend Update'' role with a Greek version of "Really?"
* BrainyBrunette: In most of her roles.
* CelebrityResemblance: Not only does she bear a striking resemblance to Sarah Palin, but she also looks like [[http://www.comedycv.co.uk/edbyrne/ed-byrne-2010-october.jpg Irish comedian Ed Byrne]].
* DeadpanSnarker: It's a prerequisite for being behind the ''Weekend Update'' desk, and damn, she's good at it.
* IAmNotPretty: Her looks are often the butt of her own jokes. Fans tend to disagree.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: Inverted. [[Series/SaturdayNightLive You know]] [[MemeticMutation the line.]]
* SesameStreetCred
* {{Showrunner}}: From the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', and then the whole run of ''30 Rock''.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Bizarrely, she turns up RAPPING in the song "Real Estate" by Music/ChildishGambino. Donald Glover was one of the writers on ''30 Rock'', but that doesn't really make it much less unlikely.
* TakeThat: Annoyed that ''30 Rock'', the big breakthrough of her career, had to share the NBC spotlight with the much more-hyped, much better-funded ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip,'' Fey heaped scorn on the latter show for years. Accepting an award at a fancy celebration, Fey said, "I hear Creator/AaronSorkin is wearing the same dress I am, but it's twice as long and not nearly as funny." To his credit, the famously thin-skinned Sorkin never responded, and even put in a self-deprecatory cameo on ''30 Rock.''
** He never seemed to take her ribbing personally; apparently he even sent her flowers the night that ''30 Rock'' first went to air.
* TwerpSweating: Her late father was a former U.S. Army codebreaker, had a face like Creator/ClintEastwood, and apparently scared other men shitless -- even Lorne Michaels and Alec Baldwin, two men not known for their timidity. Don Fey served as a notice that his daughter won't tolerate lazy or stupid men in her life.