I know, I know, it’s almost an impossible question to answer. But we’re going to pose it anyway, in honor of EW’s latest cover girl. For simplicity’s sake, let’s limit the debate to skits and moments in which Tina Fey — who served as head writer on Saturday Night Live from 1999 to 2006 — starred.
One easy pick is “Mom Jeans,” a fake commercial lampooning that most beguiling element of female fashion. Aired in 2003, the skit brings in key ladies from Fey’s SNL cohort — Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch — who proudly demonstrate the brand’s empowering message: ”I’m not a woman anymore — I’m a mom.”
“I saw ‘Mom Jeans’ recently — I passed it on VH1,” Fey tells EW before joking: ” The padding that I wore in ‘Mom Jeans’ has now come to life.” Take a look at the skit below:
One of Fey’s most iconic SNL moments actually came after she left the show. In 2008, she returned as a host and revisited her old desk at Weekend Update, which she helmed from 2000-2006. The Democratic primary race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama was heating up at the time, giving Fey ample fodder for a memorable speech that ended with “Bitch is the new black!”
You can watch Fey “get stuff done” in the following video:
Then there’s “Brownie Husband,” another parody ad. This absurd 2010 spot, which offered the world’s Liz Lemons “the perfect blend of rich fudge and emotional intimacy,” has Fey’s signature all over it. And by signature, we mean food — after all, this is the woman who once delivered the classic 30 Rock line, “I’m heading home to have a nooner, which is what I call having pancakes for lunch.”
See what 500 servings of chocolaty spousal affection looks like in the clip below:
You can read more about the life and times of Tina Fey when her EW cover hits newsstands this Friday, but until then, we’d love to hear from you. What do you think her best SNL moments were? Do they match up with ours? Let us know in the comments!