Tina Fey is possibly the most popular woman in comedy at the moment. Ask someone to name a female comedian and she's likely to be the name that springs to mind, whether it's from her numerous feature films, her wildly successful NBC sitcom "30 Rock," her tenure as a lead performer (and head writer) on the network's classic sketch series "Saturday Night Live," or that monologue she delivered at the 2013 Golden Globes alongside fellow "SNL" veteran Amy Poehler. But it's not just the sheer volume of work that's made Fey popular; it's the fact that she's both prolific and legitimately hilarious.
Encouraged to submit to "SNL" by its head writer Adam McKay (whom you now know as the director of two "Anchorman" films), Fey joined the program in 1997 and took over for McKay two years later, making her the first female head writer for "Saturday Night Live" in its then twenty-four-year history. It was not until 2000 that she added work in front of the camera to her resume, after "SNL" boss Lorne Michaels approached her to co-anchor the show's classic "Weekend Update" recurring skit alongside another future superstar, Jimmy Fallon.
Fey went on to endear herself to America not only behind the anchor desk, but for a number of other roles, most notably her impression of Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin (which didn't first appear until 2008, after Fey had stopped appearing on "SNL" full-time). She also continued to excel behind the scenes, winning both an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing and a Writers Guild of America Award as part of the "SNL" writing staff, and making history for a second time when she selected Poehler to replace the departing Fallon at the "Weekend Update" desk - the first time both faux anchor seats had been filled by women.
Like other "SNL" stars, though, it eventually became time for Fey to spread her wings elsewhere, and in 2006 she left the series to develop "30 Rock" for NBC - a sitcom centered around an "SNL" type series. By the very next year in 2007, Fey had garnered an individual Emmy nomination and her new project had won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Running for seven seasons, "30 Rock" racked up more than a hundred Emmy nominations during that time - or more than fourteen nods per cycle.
Not content with simply conquering television, the multi-hyphenate has also found a successful film career. She wrote and co-starred in the 2004 hit "Mean Girls," which continues to have a spot in pop-culture consciousness. Other credits include "Baby Mama" opposite Poehler, "Date Night" alongside Steve Carell, and "Admission" with Paul Rudd. She's also written her autobiography, "Bossypants," and is the major face of American Express credit card commercials. It all adds up to a career that anyone, regardless of gender, would love to have.
Chances are you'll be hearing from her again very soon - whether it's in an AMEX commercial or the next big-screen comedy - and that's perfectly fine by us.