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Tina Fey wins Entertainer of the Year award

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, December 24, 2008

When the whole western world latched on to watch ex-Saturday Night Live cast member Tina Fey impersonate vice presidential-candidate Sarah Palin this past fall, the 30 Rock creator/star/head writer saw her celeb status blast into orbit. Now after winning three Emmys and starring in a hit movie Fey is being given a new honor: she's been hailed as the Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year.

The 38-year-old was the most popular choice among American newspaper editors and broadcast producers, edging out Iron Man comeback kid Robert Downey Jr. In a year where Governor Palin drew kudos and criticism for her style of politics and charisma, Fey used her smarts and similar soccer mom looks to deliver a hilarious and biting satire of the Republican VP candidate during the run-up to the November Presidential election.

"Tina Fey is such an obvious choice," said Sharon Eberson, the entertainment editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "She gave us funny when we really needed it and, in a year when women in politics were making huge strides, Fey stood out in the world of entertainment."

Fey's much-publicized appearances on SNL impersonating Palin drew big audiences for the long-running sketch comedy show. It also spilled over into the ratings for 30 Rock; when the sitcom made its third season debut it drew in one million more viewers than the opening episode from the second season.

"She simultaneously entertained us with her wit and put a mirror up to the nation during the election and made us think about what was going on," said Scott Shive, assistant features editor at the Lexington Herald-Leader. "She is the epitome of the smart kid coming out on top for once."

-Associated Press.
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Posted: 12 years 49 weeks ago

I think this is a bit much, no? She did a handful of appearances on SNL. That's what she's getting credit for. Not for 30 Rock (which is probably my favorite TV show, but honestly, nobody watches it). A handful of SNL appearances, and she's Entertainer of the Year. Really?

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Posted: 12 years 47 weeks ago

I'm thinking she needs to take off her clothes. That'd be entertaining.

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