Funny lady Tina Fey showed up to one of the “Tribeca Talks” at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival to talk about her Netflix series, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” She also dished on much more, like who makes her laugh and her daughter’s perfect comeback that works for any insult.
Season 2 of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which premiered Friday, is drastically different. For one thing, Kimmy, played by Ellie Kemper, is a darker character. For another, the episodes are longer. This is because when production originally filmed the series, they thought it was going to be on cable television. “The show was clean for NBC,” Fey explained. Fey and her team didn’t know the series was going to air on Netflix until the second-to-last episode.
When it came to deciding why she would take away Kimmy’s innocence in Season 2, Fey likened it to virginity. I wanted to “rip that Band-Aid off,” Fey said about Kimmy’s naivety. Another good thing about Season 2 of "UKS"? The length. On network television, each episode has to be 21 minutes and 15 seconds, but there is no limit on Netflix.
Fey, who created the show with Robert Carlock, also gave some insight into Kimmy’s therapist, Andrea, who she plays in the series. “She’s a mess, which I like,” the comedian joked. For example, when Kimmy gets a job as an Uber driver, she keeps picking up the same drunk woman, who ultimately turns out to be her therapist. While both women need help, Andrea’s advice might be more therapeutic. “Kimmy cannot fix everyone,” Fey said.
While “UKS” is a hilarious series, it’s not the only project Fey has been a part of that made audiences laugh. She’s arguably best known for her impersonations of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live.” She’s also responsible for the widely successful movie “Mean Girls” and created the funny series “30 Rock.”
When it comes to making Fey laugh, she said she finds colleagues Martin Short and Maya Rudolph funny. She added her husband, Jeff Richmond, and daughters, Alice and Penelope, also crack her up. One of the things she loves is her daughter Alice’s comeback to any insult: “Thanks for noticing.”
Season 2 of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is currently streaming on Netflix.
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