The Hangover’s 2008 Person of the Year: Tina Fey

28 Dec
2008 Woman of the Year

Tina Fey: 2008 Woman of the Year

Nobody had a better year than Tina Fey (including President-Elect Barack Obama, whose reward will be the opportunity to clean up the ever-deepening mess left by his predecessor).   Fey surpassed all known standards in just how successful an entertainer could be with brilliant comedic performances that crackled with social and poitical commentary.

Fey is the creative force behind NBC’s 30 Rock, a show both popular  and critically acclaimed.  Her character, Liz Lemon, is an achieving woman attempting to manage a nearly unmanageable “Saturday Night Live” conceit.  As played by Fey, Lemon is sharp and compassionate, as well as confused and insightful.  Lemon carries a realistic acceptance of her position on constantly shifting ground.  She is an icon for women juggling professional success and personal chaos.   Liz Lemon makes no apologies for who she is.  In a high school reunion episode, “The Revenge of the Wrath of the Nerd,” Lemon bids farewell to her former White Haven classmates with,  “You know what? Suck it, you whittling IHOP monkeys.”

That would seem to be enough for one woman.  But then came Sarah Palin.   Fey’s impersonation of Palin on various episodes of Saturday Night Live marked some of the greatest comedy in the show’s storied history.  At times, Fey was indistinguishable from Palin.   Through a fusion of comic genius and comic existentialism, Fey effectively parodied a woman who was a parody in and of herself.  No easy task, and one worthy of recognition in the form of The Hangover’s Person of the Year.

If you don’t believe it, see for yourself:

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3 Responses to “The Hangover’s 2008 Person of the Year: Tina Fey”

  1. aaron, of course December 31, 2008 at 11:38 am #

    ‘Nobody had a better year than Tina Fey’. A TV actress as Person of the Year…hhhmmm…I think that, when your single biggest ‘claim to fame’ is that you made fun of a person who is powerful, successful and ground breaking by any and all measures, then that should automatically disqualify you.

    I’d love to see the draft you have of your ‘John Edwards is (Father/Husband?) Person of the Year’ article. I know you have one!

    I didn’t vote for the guy, but any ‘POT Year’ not named Barack Hussein Obama is a travesty. Here’s why:
    1) He’s the second partly black president in our nation’s history.
    2) He’s the 2nd consecutive democrat president whose father deserted him and his family.
    3) He’s the first president not born a Christian.
    4) He’s the first President to have a domestic terrorist as a close friend.
    5) He’s the first President to raise (and spend!) over $250m in a campaign.
    6) He’s the first President to have his grandmother deported as an illegal alien.
    7) He’s the first President endorsed by Hezbollah and Hamas.
    8) He FINALLY got Joe Biden in the White House, despite the fact that the American voters had been denying Joe for years.

    But seriously B.O. (pew!) deserves POTY because I’m not afraid of him anymore! I thought he was a candidate for ‘change’, whatever that meant, but judging what he’s done so far I think he’ll do just fine. And the fact that he’s managed to piss off nearly every special interest group that supported him garners a double thumbs up from me.

    Happy New Year to All! See you next year!

  2. alguschip January 1, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    Aaron, you know this space well. I gave an Edwards year end piece consideration. His fat-headedness, self importance, and phoniness deserved “Man of the Year” consideration for the magnitude of their depth. However, I felt my readers were as probably as sick of reading about him as I was writing about him.

  3. aaron, of course January 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    I hear you Esteemed Host. I think that if the award were earned by pure ‘kutzpah’ then Edwards would have been the hands down winner.

    I’m looking forward to your posts in 2009!

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