Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Famous Greeks: Comedian Tina Fey

Many of us recognize Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live and films such as Date Night, but how many of us also knew that she is Greek-American? Born to an Irish-German father and a Greek mother, Ms. Fey is one of the most well-known female comedians in the media today.

After college, Ms. Fey moved to Chicago where she took classes at Second City, a comedy enterprise famous for improvisational comedy. She spent several years with Second City, and it was through the company that she was discovered by the producers of Saturday Night Live. Only a few years after working for SNL, Ms. Fey became the first female head writer in the history of the show. She also began appearing on the show and was famous for her Weekend Update sketch with Jimmy Fallon. Since her beginnings with improvisational theater in Chicago, Ms. Fey's career has led her to work on a number of feature films and to create the very popular NBC comedy series 30 Rock.

Tina Fey married her husband Jeff Richmond in 2001, in a Greek Orthodox ceremony, and the couple have a daughter, Alice.

Recently, Ms. Fey penned a humorous memoir of her life, titled Bossypants, which chronicles her life from her humble beginnings in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania to the launching of her career in Chicago. In the book, she uses her gifts for comedy and writing to entertain her readers, as well as give them an insight into her life.

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