Comedy goddess Tiny Fey is responsible for the newest “Saturday Night Live” cast member
Celestial comedy goddess, Ms. Tina Fey, is no stranger to Saturday Night Live. She got her ~big break~ there in 1997, and quickly rose in the ranks to not only become anchor of Weekend Update, but also one of the show’s only female head writers. When she eventually left SNL, the heavens wept, so she gave us 30 Rock to make us feel better.
And now, she's blessed us with another little sliver of comedy happiness: Turns out, she's the reason Alec Baldwin is going to be on SNL this season.
Earlier this week, we learned that for this season of SNL, Baldwin is going to be donning the crazy wig and making a duck face all season long as Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump. When we learned this we were like “LOL” and we’re still laughing at the thought of it right now. But how exactly did Baldwin find himself in the halls of the (real) 30 Rock once again?
“The idea [to have Baldwin be Trump] came out of a conversation with Tina Fey at some point during the summer,” long-time SNL showrunner, Lorne Michaels, explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “Then I mentioned it to Alec but he’d already committed himself to a movie…There were a lot of obstacles in the way to working it out. But I just thought he’d be brilliant doing it and I thought he and Kate [McKinnon, who plays Hillary Clinton] would be a match.”
When asked just how Baldwin as Trump came up in conversation, Lorne continued, "[Tina and I] were talking about who should do it. And she said, 'Well, the person that should really play it is Alec.' And I went, 'Yeah!' A light went on."
Aww, isn’t it sweet to know that even though she’s not on SNL, and not in 30 Rock anymore, Tina Fey is still trying to make sure we laugh as much as possible? So sweet. And also does this mean we can expect a visit from former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin this season? Please say yes.