Tina Fey talks Alec Baldwin, pregnancy, and Snooki to packed bookstore on 'Bossypants' tour


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We love Tina Fey, as you can tell by a quick search of EW’s Fey-packed archives, but even we were shocked by the filled-to-capacity, standing-room-only, people-have-been-waiting-here-since-morning crowd that gathered to pay homage to the goddess of wit at the Barnes & Noble in New York’s Union Square Friday. About 500 fans (including her 30 Rock costar, the 6-foot-5 Grizz), all clutching copies of her new essay collection Bossypants (purchase was required just to get in), laughed, cheered, and hung on her every word as The New Yorker‘s David Remnick conducted a lively Q&A with the writer/actress. She talked about choosing to write her first book (“I was having lunch with Snooki, and she was like, ‘Just do it. You have a voice.'”), making the upcoming 100th episode of 30 Rock (“It’s a weird one — get ready!”), and hating to re-watch her pilot (“It’s like looking at a sonogram instead of a picture of your kid, like a pile of goo”).

Here, a few other highlights.

On reports this week that she is five months pregnant and that the show is ending next season: “There were two pieces of news, one true,” she said, confirming her second pregnancy. Of Alec Baldwin’s public declaration that he’ll be leaving 30 Rock next year when his contract is up, she said, “Him saying he’s officially done is the first indication that he’s staying.”

On her now-5-year-old daughter Alice’s comedy skills: “Between 2 and 3 [years old] she was inadvertently writing a lot for Tracy Jordan.” While playing with Barbies recently, for instance, Alice had one doll say to the other, “You know the most romantic part of the human body is the butt.” Added Fey, “How has Tracy not said that?”

On whether she’ll repeat her Sarah Palin impression as election season heats up: “I hope so,” she said. Though she also said she resisted appearing with the then-vice presidential candidate on Saturday Night Live in 2008 because “usually you get to do the character for like two years before that happens.” She also worried Palin might get booed by the live audience because the campaign had gotten so volatile, but once things went smoothly, she was impressed with the candidate’s television presence: “I told her she should host.”

Read more:
’30 Rock': How Tina Fey’s pregnancy won’t change Liz Lemon
Tina Fey to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ May 7. Five reasons she should skip her Sarah Palin impression

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  • Tim (@rural_juror)

    I was there. It was awesome.

    • Eugene

      She’s a good booger girl.

  • tC

    I want to go to there…..hope she comes to LA.

    • Derek

      love it

    • Gen

      April 19 Live Talks

  • Michael

    I wish I had been there! I love her!

  • AJ

    Disappointed chicago isn’t on her book tour list.

  • SaraJ

    Ahhh, I only wish more of her answers would’ve been included here. Love Tina!

  • John

    I really hope she wasn’t joking about lunch with Snooki. Both girls are hilarious. They should do a reality show together.

    • Hello Delusional John

      Really @John. You’re an idiot if you think Tina would ever stoop so low to have lunch, much less star in a reality show with that trash Snooki!?!? What planet are you from exactly?

    • e4ia

      I can’t even begin to tell you how many things are wrong with that statement…

      • Zafi

        It was her way of saying, she was snookered.

      • MIke

        Nah, no reality shows. Remember how she called Paris Hilton dumb and proud of how dumb she is? Snookie is a little better, but not much

      • Tom

        what modern woman today doesn’t relate with snookie?

    • Mike

      Snookie is a joke. A dimwitted, egomaniac with no talent, willing to do anything for attention.

  • Buzz

    “I was having lunch with snooki…” haha LOL I did laugh at the unlikelyhoodiness of that happening…

  • PiNerVa

    She’s most laughable as your Grandma’s idea of the career girl who gets kicked around by the jackass and takes it like a champ.

  • brit

    The book was awesome. Read it in about 5 hours during the flu bug. Made my sick day worth it. Such a funny lady.

  • Tifaney

    The beloved She-King of comedy is so fnck-driven it just ruins!!!

  • she is so full of herself

    how does she cope when the spotlight isn’t on her every hour of the day?

  • Michael

    I gots me a signed copy yesterday! Now I just have to learn to read!

  • khm

    I was there, the crowd was enormous, Tina was sick and yet still stayed to sign every single copy for whoever was there and wanted one. My admiration for her knows no bounds.

  • Vicki

    Was there, too! Was on vacation and happened to read about the event, bought myself a second copy of the book (my copy was bought at a Canadian bookstore and was sans a receipt), and was a perfect way to spend a Friday night in NYC. Go Tina!

  • Mike

    So what is with the people commenting on here that “I was there”…My comment to that is who cares, and why bother logging onto a website to even read an article for something that you were there… unless your purpose was to gloat.

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