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    • Tina: Follow your fear. Which in improv usually leads to someone making you sing an improvised song or rap, which is the worst thing that can happen. But the larger thing is the notion that, if something scares you a bit, it means that you should follow it a little bit.

      Now, 'Follow your fear' does not mean that you should get in the car with a weirdo in a small parking lot. But it does mean that there are moments in your life when something comes up -- a chance to move to a new city or the chance to study in another continent, read your short story out loud -- and you feel a lot of fear. And that fear means that you should definitely do it.

    • Tina: (Fey was exposed to comedy early and has recalled) I remember my parents sneaking me in to see Young Frankenstein. We would also watch Saturday Night Live, or Monty Python, or old Marx Brothers movies. My dad would let us stay up late to watch The Honeymooners. We were not allowed to watch The Flintstones though: my dad hated it because it ripped off The Honeymooners. I actually have a very low level of Flintstones knowledge for someone my age.

    • Tina: (on discussing how she got the scar on her face) It's impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it.

    • Tina: (About playing Sarah Palin on'Saturday Night Live') We're gonna take it week by week. If she wins, I'm done. I can't do that for four years. And by 'I'm done,' I mean I'm leaving Earth.

    • Tina: (after 9/11) My parents have been very brave about my being here, and I remember after the 11th thinking for sure they were going to say, 'Come home, come home.' Instead, my father gave me a speech about how important it was for me to be brave and stay in New York and keep working. That inspired me quite a bit.

    • Tina: I'm more of a writer than an actor, and I used to say that I'm mostly an improviser, though I haven't improvised in awhile.

    • Tina: (on the ratings of '30 Rock') I used to do plays in Chicago... for literally, two people. So when they tell me, 'Bad news, only 6 million people watched the show,' I'm like, 'That sounds pretty good!'

    • Tina: (on wanting Oprah to appear on '30 Rock') I still want Oprah to play my best friend. I want to spend time with Oprah.

    • Tina: (if she would want to have Britney Spears on '30 Rock') We usually write a part first and think about who would be good. If there were a part that would be appropriate, I don't think we would hesitate to go to somebody like that. I actually worked with Britney twice at Saturday Night Live and she was professional and nice.

    • Tina: I think for women especially, you need to have a plan. I need to have some other ways to generate income, so I don't have to stretch my face or lift the top of my head with surgery or something.

    • Tina: (about returning to 'Saturday Night Live' after only a 43-day maternity leave) I had to get back to work. NBC has me under contract; the baby and I only have a verbal agreement. (2005)

    • Tina: I regret sinking to that level of discourse. But Paris is a terrible role model and a terrible young woman. She needs to be ignored. I work with people who have 12, 13, 14-year-old girls, who are fascinated by her. They look up to her, and that's not great.

    • Tina: If you want to make an audience laugh, you dress a man up like an old lady and push her down the stairs. If you want to make comedy writers laugh, you push an actual old lady down the stairs.

    • Tina: I like to crack the jokes now and again, but it's only because I struggle with math.

    • Tina: (on her character Liz Lemon from '30 Rock') She doesn't say anything that I wouldn't at least agree with.

    • Tina: You can't stay at Saturday Night Live forever. It's a little like trying to stay in high school forever. You need to move on, and you need to let somebody else have their turn.

    • Tina: I definitely have no illusions-the writing is what I'm better at. I love performing with my friends, stuff I helped create. But I wouldn't really want a lifestyle where I go around and audition and try to get jobs.

    • Tina: (on being one of 'People' magazine's Most Beautiful People) Every year there's one person who you think 'How the hell did that person get on the list?' This year I'm proud to be that person.

    • Tina: We just had a small party for her first birthday because they say don't overwhelm the baby. So I just had 1,000 people over. No, we had a little party. She's walking like a crazy person!

    • Tina: (on leaving 'Saturday Night Live') You can't stay forever. It's not fair. I feel like a senior with a bunch of great freshman. It was time to let them have their time.

    • Tina: Somewhere around the 5th or 7th grade, I figured out that I could ingratiate myself to people by making them laugh. Essentially, I was just trying to make them like me, but after awhile, it became part of my identity.

    • Tina: I am just going to focus just on the new show right now. I've been at Saturday Night Live for nine years total. I know I'll never ever not be there in some way. I'm never not going to call up with an opinion or show up on hiatus want to write a sketch. But I will not be in the cast.

    • Tina: I was nerdy [in high school]. I was not a popular girl in the traditional sense, but I think I was known for being relatively scathing. At the time, I thought I was being scathing to the people who really deserved it, but in retrospect, I probably was a little bit mean.

    • Tina: I have to say, I'm really not that attractive. Until I met my husband, I could not get a date.