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Do Tina Fey + Sarah Palin = Emmy Award?

October 9, 2008 | 11:27 am


At last month's Emmy Awards Tina Fey won a record three races in one year for writing, producing and starring in "30 Rock." (Alan Alda took home Emmys for writing, directing and starring in "M*A*S*H*" but in different years.) Her surprise victory as best comedy actress capped off an awards trifecta for Tina Fey that began with her Golden Globe and SAG victories earlier in the year.

The only race Tina Fey lost that night was individual performance in a variety or music program. She was the first guest host in the 33-year history of "Saturday Night Live" to land such a nod.  (She won an Emmy in 2002 as head writer of the sketch comedy series.) However, veteran comic Don Rickles prevailed, picking up the first Emmy of his half century long career in TV for his special "Mr. Warmth."

Fear not, Fey fans. She could well be back in the race next year for her spot-on portrayal of vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin in an on-going series of appearances on "SNL." The intense interest in the upcoming election has pushed the ratings for the show through the roof. And while it remains unclear whether American voters will cast their ballots for Palin, Emmy voters certainly have shown that they favor Fey.