Funny Females: Tina Fey
Arguably the godmother of the current women's renaissance in comedy, Tina Fey first caught America's attention on Saturday Night Live, where she moved from writer to on-air talent. She's balanced both roles ever since, scripting and delivering defining comedic performances for nearly a decade.
She moved from SNL star to unstoppable comedic force with 2004's Mean Girls, a biting high-school satire that has quickly joined the ranks of comedy classics like Clueless and Heathers. Then came 30 Rock, a bizzaro sitcom that redefined NBC's comedy brand, relaunched Alec Baldwin's career, and endeared Tina to the world as the lovably hopeless Liz Lemon. And let us not forget: Her parody of Sarah Palin was a defining moment of the 2008 Presidential election, and will go down in history as one of the best political satires of all time.