Despite Tina Fey’s role as Liz Lemon on the hit television series 30 Rock where she plays a dopey, insecure writer who constantly gets walked all over, Fey has been a trailblazer for women in comedy as well as comedians in general for quite some time. Having won two Golden Globes, an Emmy, and three SAG awards alone for her work on the show, Fey was one of the first women to successfully create, produce, write and star in a television show. Not to mention her outrageously hilarious Mean Girls, her New York Times Best Seller book, Bossy Pants, and the fact that she was the first female writer for SNL.
30 Rock ended recently with a one-hour finale. One of the things that was so amazing about this show was all that Tina Fey got away with. Writing about product placements and such, she hit very close to home with NBC. And let us not forget that Fey had a way with convincing powerful women to come on the show and make complete fools of themselves, which was wonderful. Women who write and star in their own series now have Fey to thank for paving the way.
The funniest thing of them all though was how untrue her character as Liz Lemon was to the actress who played her. It seems that Fey has been very hesitant to have anyone take her too seriously, even though she is a force to be reckoned with. We can all thank Tina Fey for countless laughs as well as for being a woman incredible influence that has constantly been a role model and an innovator.
We will miss you, Liz Lemon. But we are so excited to see what you’ll do next, Tina Fey.