Everyone's favorite funny lady Tina Fey turns 43 on Saturday, May 18, so we at MC have taken this milestone as an opportunity to devour the greatest moments of her decades-long comedic history. This weekend, celebrate the Queen of Comedy with these 20 legendary moments from her TV and movie repertoire — including Mean Girls, 30 Rock, SNL, and more.
Clip: Girl World Intervention
Aside from the obvious, well-repeated jabs ("Do you even go to this school?"), this scene is particularly brilliant, showcasing Tina's immense diversity as both a comedian and an actress. When she asked if any of us have ever felt personally victimized by Regina George, we, if only for a moment, considered raising our hands.
In this early scene, Ms. Norbury truly outdid her already impressive level of self-deprecation as she destroyed her shirt with coffee and performed an accidental strip tease.
We learn from Liz Lemon in the episode "Khonani" that this the best parties are the mandatory ones, obviously.
Clip: The Tom Jones Flashback
If we were so lucky, 30 Rock would occasionally grace us with a flashback from Liz's youth that highlighted her dated haircuts, gender ambiguity, and constant, complex orthodontia. In this clip from "What's New, Pussycat?", Liz describes her traumatic event with an oversized poster of Welsh singer Tom Jones.
Clip: Night Cheese
As Liz declares in "The Ones," evenings are best spent clad in head-to-toe fleece surrounded by a full display of cheese. The correct phrasing for said activity appears to be "working on my night cheese."
We dare you to watch this scene from "The Natural Order" without bursting into laughter. We dare you.
Rule #1 of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, learned in "Sandwich Day": Do not, under any circumstances, take Liz's food, including but not limited to macaroni and cheese and sandwiches.
We all fantasize about excusing ourselves from a jury duty summons when the need presents itself, but Liz perfected the game in "The Funcooker": dressing as Princess Leia and adopting a questionable voice one can only describe as ingenious.
Clip: I Want to Go to There
Jon Hamm's 30 Rock cameo in "Klaus and Greta" prompted a dreamy, ethereal response from Liz — the phrase was originally uttered by Tina's first daughter, Alice, as a toddler.
"I'm a star! I'm on top! Somebody bring me some ham!" Isn't that how you would celebrate getting your own relationship-centered talk show?
Clip: Sarah Palin
Can you tell a difference between Tina and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin? Five years later, we still have issues with it.
Clip: Mom Jeans
Nine-inch zipper. Casual front pleats. Choice of ankle-length, capri-length, or shorts. This 2003 SNL skit is a tribute to mother's everywhere.
Lindsay Lohan dropped by SNL's Weekend Update desk in 2005 to participate in Tina and Amy Poehler's Teen Mentoring Program. Hilarity ensued.
Clip: Brownie Husband
At only 120 calories per serving (with a mere 500 servings), Tina's depiction of Duncan Hines' Brownie Husband proved to be a tempting indulgence fit for the modern single, working woman.
When Tina came back to host SNL in 2010, America fell deeply in love with a then relatively fresh-faced artist, Justin Bieber — she likened his smile to "a baby bunny sniffing a tiny flower."
Clip: American Woman
Did Tina already know how to make balloon animals before this skit, or did this performance force her to learn this truly valuable skill?
If you only get to watch one TV interview for the rest of your life, this is it. Watch again-and-again to witness Tina reenact LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It."
Clip: What's Their Story?
In one of our favorite moments of the 2010 flick, Tina and Steve Carrell play a classic game of people-watching, restaurant-style. Was 90 percent of this scene ad-libbed? Probably.
Clip: Swallowing the Vitamin
What would any Tina round-up be without a justified testament to Tina and Amy's friendship? The comedic chemistry between these two longtime best friends in this scene is undeniable.