David Letterman and Tina Fey Talk ‘SNL,’ Why TV Is Better Than Movies, and More
Ahead of receiving this year’s Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, Tina Fey recently sat down with David Letterman to chat about her career, her daughters, her time on Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin’s Twitter feud with Donald Trump (“You think you’re good at being a jerk on Twitter? You will now face the grandmaster of being a jerk on Twitter”), and more. Here’s an excerpt where Fey looks back on being in SNL sketches that bombed:
Oh, for sure. I was in a couple of sketches that were pretty bad. If I was in a sketch, that was already a red flag. But that can almost be fun in its own way. Rachel Dratch and I have that relationship, going back to Second City, of just locking eyes while bombing — and it’s as close as I’ll get to feeling what it’s like to jump out of a plane. Just that free-fall of, “Well, this is terrible. But the parachute will probably come out.”
Here’s Fey and Letterman on why television is better than film these days:
Fey: We showed our 5-year-old Little Shop of Horrors the other night, which is very good. Frank Oz directed it, and Rick Moranis is a treasure. Recently? Hmm. I went to vote for the People’s Choice Awards online because actors in our show got nominated, and I realized that I hate everything. Every movie. “That was dumb, didn’t see it, haven’t seen it, hated it.” TV might be better than movies. Shh, don’t tell anyone.
Letterman: Does that go off the record here?
Fey: No, I stand by it. TV’s better than movies. Everybody knows it. I mean, we act like they’re so great, but what was the last great movie you saw?
And here’s Fey on the private online chat any SNL superfan would kill to see:
I have a group of women that I worked with at SNL — Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey, Paula Pell, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch — and we talk as a group through the computer every single day. Dozens of times a day. And it’s very nice. It’s something we’ve come to in our 40s. It was easy when we worked at SNL: You’re on top of each other 60 hours a week. So it’s nice that we are maintaining this friendship.
Read the rest over at The Hollywood Reporter.
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