NEW YORK, NY – Tina Fey, who was recently awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, wants to show the world her serious side, hoping to ultimately win the Samuel Clemens Prize for American Seriousness.Fey, who writes and stars in the acclaimed comedy 30 Rock, has won numerous accolades for her comic work. She has won Emmys for 30 Rock and made a name for herself as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live. She also appeared in humorous films like Date Night and the just-released animation comedy Megamind.
But after winning this most recent award Fey wants to move away from comedy. “Being funny is exhausting,” Fey told reporters. “There’s a lot more to me than jokes. I want to show everyone I can be dramatic,” she said, throwing her hands up in the air and striking a serious pose that sent reporters laughing. “I’m serious!” Fey added.
The Samuel Clemens Prize for American Seriousness is a coveted award given each year to Americans whose grave actions and stern faces remind us of the severity of life and our continued struggle for meaning in an otherwise chaotic world. To win the award, Fey plans to write and star in a movie that will explore the depths of the human spirit.
“It’ll be a companion piece to Baby Mama,” Fey said. “I will play a burnt-out, child-hating adoption worker who goes to China to oversee an adoption. After witnessing the plight of the downtrodden my character will realize the redemptive spirit of raising a child and making a better world for everyone. There will be tears of sadness and of joy.”
Amy Poehler has signed on to play the other woman who wants to adopt. Rachel Dratch is expected to cameo as a Chinese official.