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May 18: Happy Birthday Tina Fey and Frank Capra


It’s Tina Fey’s 47th birthday today.  The nine-time Emmy winner began her career with The Second City, Chicago’s improv comedy troupe, and then was hired as a writer by Saturday Night Live.  She began performing in sketches in 2000, and soon was anchoring the “Weekend Update” segment, first with Jimmy Fallon, then with Amy Poehler.  She was also eventually promoted to head writer.

Three of Fey’s nine Emmys have been as a writer or guest performer on Saturday Night Live.  The other six are for the series she created, produced, starred in and frequently wrote for following her 2006 departure from SNL.  The show centered around the production staff and stars of a fictitious sketch comedy series.  The name of the series—the real one—was 30 Rock.

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