Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From…Tina Fey

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in 30 ROCK (Nicole Rivelli / NBC)
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in 30 ROCK (Nicole Rivelli / NBC)

From Mean Girls to 30 Rock Tina Fey’s influence on comedy is undeniable. If there’s any comedic woman to set an example, it’s Tina Fey. Here are 5 of the most important lessons I’ve learned from Tina Fey.

Tina Fey on INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO (Photo by: Anthony Behar/Bravo)
Tina Fey on INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO (Photo by: Anthony Behar/Bravo)

Don’t be afraid to be the punchline.

Even during her Saturday Night Live years, TFey was no amateur when it came to making herself the butt of the joke. She’s a prime example of pointing out her own flaws for the sake of humor. When it comes to physical humor, Fey’s not afraid to take the fall. To laugh at the world you have to begin by laughing at yourself.

Bask in your ability to eat.

In a world obsessed with waistband size it’s refreshing to see a star acting human. 30 Rock taught me how to properly snack to the best of my ability in the style of Liz Lemon food binges (jam packed with Cheetos and doughnuts).

If you don’t make something a big deal, neither will the important people in your life.

In Ms. Fey’s biography she brushes over the topic of her facial scar in 100 words of less. But why ignore the one question people have been asking for years? She describes that she can tell everything about a person through how they approach the topic. The people who matter won’t make a big deal about your issues if you don’t either.

Sometimes you just have to bring out your nerdrage.

Everybody has a geeky obsession they try to hide. Fey makes it a point to make hers obvious. Not one to hide stories of her underdog high school days, Fey also graced her television marriage in a Princess Leah costume, openly discusses her thespian experience, and wears her librarian glasses with pride. Life’s too short to not be a little nerdy sometimes.

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, James Marsden as Criss in 30 ROCK (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC)
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, James Marsden as Criss in 30 ROCK (Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBC)

Be your own hero.

Fey always has a habit of writing strong independent female characters for herself. No matter the part she plays, a man is never her “knight in shining armor”. She’s her own savior. It’s up to you and only you to play that role, because sometimes it’s all you have. Depend on yourself and take over the world, one sketch-comedy show at a time.

Tina Fey has made way for many comedic women over time. In the big and little screens, Fey remains the ultimate independent woman with plenty of lessons to teach us all.

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