In November Tina Fey will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American humor, the most prestigious humor prize in the country. Hells yeah! Fey, 40, is the youngest comedian to be honored and just the third woman (after Lily Tomlin and Whoopie Goldberg). Fey released a statement saying she’s psyched and that Betty White must have been “disqualified for steroid use.”
Fey has been a PoolBoy favorite since her days writing (first woman head writer, what what!) and performing on SNL. Plus, who doesn’t love a lady who came up in Chicago’s Second City improv group (yay Illinois!)? Fey’s work on NBC’s 30 Rock, which is probably the funniest show on TV right now, has provided our generation with a shit ton of hilarious one liners like, “I’m Lizzing!,” “ROBOT PENIS,” “never go with a hippie to a second location,” and “didn’t you tell me to live every week like it’s Shark Week? And that nothing’s impossible except dinosaurs?” among many, many others, which can be heard constantly in homes and retail establishments across the country. She’s fucking funny.
I’ve included one of my favorite SNL Weekend Update clips below, the notorious “Bitch is the New Black.” Jump to 1:29.
Now, however you feel about Hilary Clinton, Fey’s humor in this clip is witty and to the point: we had a serious female candidate for President and the media was sexist as shit while trying to discredit her. Call her a bitch? Yeah, she IS a bitch, and so are many strong women who have to speak their minds to a society rife with sexism. Clinton didn’t get the nomination and Obama is now our President, but Clinton made miles and miles of new road on America’s way to it’s first female President, just as Tina Fey has for feminism (she dares to use the word on TV!) and women in comedy.
Congrats, Liz Lemon, you deserve the hell out of this award.
(USA Today / NBC)