April 10th, 2011

Tina Fey

Trying to make the best out of it.

I've signed up for a sketch comedy writing class at Upright Citizen's Brigade, something you can only do in New York or LA (or Chicago or Toronto with Second City). I was in no small part motivated by reading Tina Fey's book, which pointed out to me how startlingly similar our lives' trajectories were up until a certain point (so to speak). Born in 1970, grew up in Pennsylvania, lots of theater, giant dorks. College, then Chicago. Clueless. When I was at Facets she was at Second City. And then I completely derailed myself while her career was just starting to really take off. Great plan there, hopita.

Speaking of Tina Fey, I was also going to sign up for this improv class at UCB, but then I found out that Tina Fey is scheduled to host SNL that weekend. I could do the 3:00 pm Friday class, then camp out all night, then do the 12:00 noon Saturday performance, and then try to catch a nap before coming back to 30 Rock by 10:45 pm, but something tells me that I'm going to want to at least try to see Tina Fey, which means that, at best, I'll be giving less than my all to my insanely expensive classes (at worst, it means I'll fall asleep on the subway, miss the performance, and wake up lost in Brighton Beach). So I'm going to do sketch writing, which starts the day after Tina Fey, which means that if I actually do get in to see her host SNL, I'll be super psyched and motivated to start the class. The improv class is still on my "to do" list, though, just at some later date.

As long as I'm gonna be in New York for a while, I may as well make the best of it, right? So maybe I'm never going to get asked to write for SNL. At least I'll be able to say that I studied with Upright Citizen's Brigade, which in and of itself is kind of awesome.