May 18, 2013
I can’t help but think that comedian and author TINA FEY (born 1970) is the perfect person to solve the European debt crisis. She is, after all, half Greek and half German (roughly). I imagine her telling Germany how to deal with volatile Greece, which can’t be any worse than Lindsay Lohan: “Oh, are you going crazy? I’ll be back in an hour.” I imagine her telling Greece how to deal with supercilious Germany, which can’t be any worse than Christopher Hitchens: “Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” 30 Rock, which of course was the critically-acclaimed sitcom she created, wrote for, starred in, and executive-produced, was among many other things a very successful exercise in depicting a believable friendship between the liberal Liz Lemon and the conservative Jack Donaghy. A person who can imagine that kind of harmony between representatives of America’s polarized political parties can surely do anything.
HUMORISTS at HILOBROW: Michael O’Donoghue | Jemaine Clement | Andy Kaufman | Danny Kaye | George Ade | Jimmy Durante | Jack Benny | Aziz Ansari | Don Rickles | Godfrey Cambridge | Eric Idle | David Cross | Stewart Lee | Samuel Beckett | Jerry Lewis | Joanna Lumley | Jerome K. Jerome | Phil Silvers | Edward Lear | Tony Hancock | George Carlin | Stephen Colbert | Tina Fey | Keith Allen | Russell Brand | Michael Cera | Stan Laurel | Ricky Gervais | Gilda Radner | Larry David | Chris Pontius | Dave Chappelle | Jimmy Finlayson | Paul Reubens | Peter Sellers | Buster Keaton | Flann O’Brien | Lenny Bruce | Sacha Baron Cohen | Steve Coogan | PG Wodehouse | A.J. Liebling | Curly Howard | Fran Lebowitz | Charlie Kaufman | Stephen Merchant | Richard Pryor | James Thurber | Bill Hicks | ALSO: Comedy and the Death of God
On his or her birthday, HiLobrow irregularly pays tribute to one of our high-, low-, no-, or hilobrow heroes. Also born this date: Ai Wewei, Chow Yun-Fat, Mark Mothersbaugh.
READ MORE about members of the Reconstructionist Generation (1964–1973).