Live Talks Los Angeles hosted Tina Fey in conversation with Steve Martin discussing her book, Bossypants, at The Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on April 19th, 2010.
LIVE TALKS LOS ANGELES PRESENTS TINA FEY: A CONVERSATION WITH STEVE MARTIN DISCUSSING HER NEW BOOK, BOSSYPANTS
Two of America’s funniest actors and humorists take the stage in downtown Los Angeles for a rare joint appearance. Both are winners of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American humor named to honor America’s — and the world’s — greatest humorists.
Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both these dreams come true.
At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.
Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy. Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!
Actress, comedian, writer and producer, Tina Fey has received seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards. She was singled out as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008 by the Associated Press, which gave her its AP Entertainer of the Year award.
Fey took classes at the improvisational comedy group The Second City, where she became a featured player in 1994. Three years later, Fey became a writer for Saturday Night Live. She became head writer 1999 and the following year, Fey was added to the cast of SNL. During her time there, she was co-anchor of the show’s Weekend Update segment. After leaving SNL in 2006, she created the television series 30 Rock. She made her film debut in 2004 as writer and co-star of the teen comedy Mean Girls. In 2008, she starred in the comedy film Baby Mama, alongside Amy Poehler. In 2009, Fey won an Emmy Award for her satirical portrayal of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah in a guest appearance on SNL. In 2010, Fey was the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, and the youngest-ever winner of the award.
Steve Martin is America’s Renaissance comedian. He is without doubt one of the most versatile and popular actors before the public, a performer with happy feet who wears many hats well beyond his signature arrow-through-the-head gear. He is a hit playwright, a reluctant literary light, an urbane and witty social commentator, an astute art collector, a mean banjo player, a dancing King Tut, an Oscar Award host, and a clown. His dashing looks landed him on People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” List in 2003 (just barely: he was #50). He has interpreted Samuel Beckett on stage, David Mamet on screen, adapted Rostand with panache, created an unforgettable movie jerk as well as television’s most attractive wild and crazy guy, written and starred in blockbusters from Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid to L.A. Story and Shopgirl, and all the while-never taking himself too seriously-he continues to nurture his considerable gifts with tongue firmly in cheek. (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts bio)
Steve Martin has won an Emmy Award, four Grammy Awards, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and a Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to American Culture. He has hosted the Oscars three times.
His most recent book is the novel, An Object of Beauty, and he has an upcoming banjo CD with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Rare Bird Alert, to be released on March 15. For more information on on Steve Martin, visit stevemartin.com.
Tina Fey braved the freezing winds atop Rockafeller Center for this Vogue "Power Issue" cover shoot. After it was all over we settled into a tiny bathroom room and Tina educated us on spinach, big shoulder pads, and all things Power.
Video from Live Talks Los Angeles event with Amy Poehler in conversation with Jane Lynch. Event was held February 12, 2012 at The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
Amy Poehler currently stars on the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series, “Parks and Recreation,” from producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur (“The Office.”) She plays Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. The show recently received its first Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Comedy Series” and Poehler received her second consecutive “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” nomination. She also serves as producer and host of the online series, “Smart Girls at the Party,” that showcases real girls who are changing the world by being themselves.
Poehler completed her eighth and final season of “Saturday Night Live” (and her fifth as the co-anchor of “Weekend Update”) in 2008. Renowned as “a brilliantly inventive sketch comedian,” (Entertainment Weekly, 11/05), Poehler boasted an impressive arsenal of outrageous characters, from the hyperactive “Caitlin” and one-legged reality show contestant “Amber” to a manic host of “Good Morning Meth.” Poehler also contributed memorable impressions of Hillary Clinton, Kelly Ripa, Avril Lavigne, Sharon Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone and Michael Jackson. That year she received her first Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” for her work on “Saturday Night Live”.
Poehler’s movie credits include: Baby Mama, Mean Girls, Spring Breakdown, Mr. Woodcock, Southland Tales, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, The Ex, Wet Hot American Summer, and Envy. She was the voice of “Eleanor” in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. She previously lent her voice to the animated films Monsters vs. Aliens and Horton Hears a Who! with Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell and starred in the ice-skating comedy Blades of Glory, alongside Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, and Jon Heder and was “Snow White” in the box office smash hit Shrek the Third.
Poehler joined the SNL cast from the Upright Citizens Brigade, a sketch/improv troupe originally formed in Chicago. Poehler and the U.C.B. relocated to New York where they had a sketch show on Comedy Central for three seasons on which she was both a writer and performer. In addition, they opened a theater currently regarded as the premiere sketch/improv comedy venue in New York City. Poehler and the U.C.B. were featured in “A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv” an improvised comedy special on Bravo.
Poehler has made memorable appearances on television ranging from Late Night with Conan O’Brien (as recurring character “Stacey,” Andy Richter’s little sister), Arrested Development, Wonder Showzen and Undeclared. She also was a voice on O’Grady and The Simpsons.
Jane Lynch gained fame in Christopher Guest’s improv mocumentary pictures (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) and currently stars in the role of Sue Sylvester in Glee for which she has won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award, and recurring role in the hit television series Two and a Half Men. She has also had notable roles in numerous mainstream comedies, such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Role Models. She hosted the 2011 Emmy Awards.
Her memoir, Happy Accidents, is one part comic-memoir of behind-the-scenes-Hollywood and one part inspirational-narrative about self-acceptance. Though Lynch is one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood today, she is anything but an overnight success. At age 50, she didn’t come into her own until the last decade. Before she landed her role in Glee, she’d battled alcoholism and anxiety, learned to embrace her sexuality, and accepted that life is sometimes a series of opportunities that come after what seem, at the time, like disappointments. She shares her personal story in her funny, poignant and brutally honest memoir.
Live Talks Los Angeles featured her on Oct 2, 2011 in conversation with Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation).