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Funny Business: Tina Fey's Been Working on Her One-Liners since Grade School ... Proving That Even Spontaneity Takes Practice

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Funny Business: Tina Fey's Been Working on Her One-Liners since Grade School ... Proving That Even Spontaneity Takes Practice

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Tina Fey recognized her strengths (and weaknesses) at an early age. "I'm not one of the pretty girls," she realized in middle school. "I gotta have another move."

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Her strong suit wasn't math, she told an interviewer: "At the end of the year in my eighth grade algebra class, I wrote a note to my teacher that basically said, 'I know that I'm kinda a cutup and I like to crack the jokes now and again, but it's only because I struggle with math."

Fey loved comedy. Watching Bob Newhart, The Carol Burnett Show and Saturday Night Live was a family affair in the Fey household. And she discovered that making people laugh helped her fit in.

In high school, she joined the drama club, and she majored in drama at the University of Virginia. After college, she moved to Chicago and studied improv at The Second City "I became immersed in the cult of improvisation. …

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