October 27, 2015 |
WHEN TINA FEY won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2010, copies of Twain's massive door-stopping autobiography were distributed. From the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, Tina said, "If there is anyone in this room who will read this book, it's my father. " There was no doubt that her father, Donald, would read the Twain book, not the least put off by its 700-plus pages, because he was a voracious reader who couldn't seem to get enough of the printed page.
October 26, 2015 |
Donald H. Fey, 82, a Korean War veteran, former Philadelphia firefighter, and retired fund-raising writer, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Fey, of Drexel Hill, whose daughter is award-winning writer and actress Tina Fey, was a professional writer for more than 30 years, primarily in fund-raising and development. He helped raise more than $500 million for schools, hospitals, and public-service agencies. In 1992, he retired from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was director of development communications.
July 17, 2015 |
Philly will be representing at the 67th annual Emmy awards. Upper Darby's Tina Fey, who between "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" already owns eight of the gold-ish statuettes, is up for four more. "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the Netflix series that Fey and "30 Rock" veteran Robert Carlock originally created for NBC, received seven nominations yesterday, including one for outstanding comedy and another for Fey's guest turn as attorney Marcia Cross. Fey's also nominated for her writing on the Golden Globe awards, which she co-hosted, and, in the same category, for writing on the "SNL" 40th anniversary special.
April 21, 2015 |
WHATEVER rivalry exists between Penn and Princeton, it doesn't seem to apply to Ellie Kemper. The star of Tina Fey's Netflix sitcom, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," who got her degree from that other local-ish Ivy, is speaking at Penn's Harrison Auditorium tomorrow to a sold-out crowd. Which just shows how far an English degree - and a year at Oxford - can take someone. In Kemper's case, it's taken her from doing improv and writing satire for the Onion to roles in "Bridesmaids" and "The Office," and now to "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," in which she stars as a woman starting over in New York City after essentially having been imprisoned underground since middle school.
March 4, 2015 |
The name Margaret Cho instantly brings to mind hot-button political activism and outrageous first-person humor, things you'll find in equal measure during her shows at Helium Comedy Club on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Whether as comedian, actress or author, Cho covers racism, feminism, abuse, LGBT empowerment, sexual liberation, corporate interference, bullying, and more. Her current stage show is titled "There's No 'I' in Team, but there is a 'Cho' in Psycho". She also has had a late-night talk show, All About Sex , which recently completed its first six-episode season on TLC, and documentaries such as Adventures in Comedy . Cho, 42, is still as passionate about stand-up comedy as she was when she first gained national attention in the early '90s for her frank takes on being young, bold, and Korean American.
March 3, 2015 |
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT . Friday, Netflix. TINA FEY'S break, such as it was, is over. Sometime between the end of "30 Rock" and this week's debut, on Netflix, of her new comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Fey - or, as she's known in these parts, "Upper Darby's Tina Fey" - claims to have had "a great six months where [she and "Kimmy" co-creator Robert Carlock] just went to that office every day and made tea and had toast and then went home. " But "those days are already gone again," she said, laughing, during an interview in January.
January 11, 2015 |
Is Tina Fey a deadly weapon? Is it too early to mine the Bill Cosby rape scandal for jokes? Nope, say Golden Globe co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler . Asked by Access Hollywood if they'd broach Cosby at Sunday's awards gala, Fey immediately said, "Oh, heck, yes!" Celebs need not fear the two gals. "We don't want anyone attending to be scared to be there because of us," said Fey, who may be as beloved in Philly as Cosby once was. "In the grand scheme of the world, it couldn't be less important.
January 9, 2015 |
DAILY NEWS TV critic Ellen Gray is in Pasadena, Calif., for the Television Critics Association's winter meetings (read her updates here ) and she spoke to Upper Darby's Tina Fey about her third time co-hosting the Golden Globe Awards, to air this Sunday. The first year she and Amy Poehler hosted, Tina said, someone wanted the pair to hold glasses of Scotch, possibly not realizing that Tina's not much of a drinker. "I thought they were just going to pour Diet Coke in the glass and somebody poured" the real thing, Tina told Ellen on Wednesday, as she and producing partner Robert Carlock ("30 Rock")
November 16, 2014 |
Tina Fey on Kim K. The definitive word on Kim Kardashian 's recent forays into porn may have come from Tina Fey , in her 2011 bestseller Bossypants . Time mag found it, and now it's all over the InterWebs. It seems to apply. Tina asks: Have Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé really helped women embrace their diversity and celebrate their bodies? Um, no: "All Beyoncé and J-Lo have done is to add to the laundry list of attributes that women must have to qualify as beautiful.
November 6, 2014 |
Jack Donaghy traveled with his family and grandmother to New York for his birthday three years ago. There, they hooked up with his uncle Michael, ate dinner in Manhattan, walked around a bit, and went back to their hotel for dessert and the opening of some gifts. The last present was unwrapped. Michael Donaghy, saving a blast for last, then opened his laptop. Jack Donaghy was about to get a birthday wish from Jack Donaghy. "Hi. It's Alec Baldwin, and I want to wish a happy birthday, a happy 13th birthday, to Jack Donaghy," Baldwin said at the outset of a 40-second video.