Living in LA, you tend to see celebrities every once in a while. However, as I have never dined at The Ivy or snorted blow at Trousdale, I don’t come across these freaks of nature in the usual places. Most often I’m grabbing a coffee or debating what kind of potatoes to buy when I catch a glimpse of Kate Bosworth ordering around her assistant in the produce aisle (true story). I’m usually caught off guard and therefore do a hard double take to make sure that person is who I really think she is. Yet upon confirming her identity, I immediately turn back my attention to the potatoes because I don’t want to be that person. You know, the one who runs up to Kate and babbles on about how I loved her in Blue Crush (again, true story). Once you do that, you’re not really a person anymore. You’re just a fan. You’re the freak of nature.

Even when spotting someone whom I truly admire, I try to remain a cool customer. No big deal if my celebrity crush is sitting next to me in a restaurant. No matter if it’s my birthday and I’m feeling somewhat entitled to disturb his romantic evening with a very attractive hussy. I won’t say anything, even when both his dinner date and mine excuse themselves, leaving just the two of us in the room. I will not make a peep, only stare creepily as he plays with his iPhone.

But we all have a weakness. We all have that one actor/athlete/American Idol who makes us smile and instantly gush, “I love them!” And we really do. We love their sense of humor or how they broke the record for most combined return touchdowns. We love their unique voice or how magnificent they were in The King’s Speech.

Me? I love Tina Fey, and I’m not alone. Millions of people love her. It’s obvious why. The lady is funny. The lady is smart. The lady is super sexy because of the previously stated qualities. And lucky me, I got to see her in person the other night.

I found out through the Twitterverse that Fey was promoting her new book by having a Q&A with another well-respected entertainer, Steve Martin. Now I’m not one to make rash purchases – I will circle Target a full two times while thinking long and hard if I really need those $3.99 pair of boot socks – but that’s exactly what I did when I read that fateful tweet. I needed to be in the presence of my celebrity girl crush.

Fast-forward to that evening. One of my dear friends and I were seeing Fey together. I knew it was going to be a special night because (1) the Blackhawks had finally won a game against Vancouver, thus avoiding a shameful first round sweep and (2) that dear friend surprised me with a copy of Bossypants for the book signing after the main event. I was gonna get face time with Tina Fey!

Not surprisingly, the Q&A was awesome. Fey and Martin were hilarious, though they could have read from the dictionary the entire time and I still would have laughed my head off. The only real downer was that it lasted just an hour. Had I not a book in my hands to guarantee some Fey action later on, I would have left a wee bit disappointed.

Yet as the crowd filtered out of the auditorium, it became clear that many, many people shared my celebrity girl crush. I started to get a little nervous. Was she really going to sign all of our books? Um, no. After many minutes of standing in a massively bloated line snaking toward her table, we began to hear rule upon rule barked at us from some buzzkill ushers.

“If you don’t have a book, you can’t wait in line to see Tina Fey!”

“There will be no personalization for your book. Tina Fey will be signing only her name!”

“Tina Fey has a plane to catch! Tina Fey will be signing books for only one hour!”

“If you preordered your book, it is already signed! If it is already signed, Tina Fey will not be signing your book again!”

Wow. What a bunch of party poopers. But then suddenly there she was… We made eye contact. She smiled. I smiled back. She signed my book. I said thank you. She said thank you back. I walked away. It was magical.

I’ll heart you forever, Tina Fey.

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2 Responses to “I’m Your Biggest Fan”

Hubs and I debate about who is the most important and successful person to ever come out of SNL. Hands down, she is my pick.

Did you see her promoting the book on Conan this week? Of those books she presigned, she wrote “Help! I’m stuck in a Tina Fey bookmaking plant in Korea!” in a few of them! 🙂 Heard the book is fantastic, I’ll be anxious to hear your review.

April 21st, 2011

Shoot, I didn’t see Conan! 🙁 But I love that! Maybe I can catch it on YouTube.

Re: the most successful SNL alum, that would be a fantastic debate. I totally agree that she’s the chick who’s achieved the most, but I also think both Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd have done very well for themselves. Now that I’m thinking about it, she should totally be in the next Ghostbusters movie!

April 22nd, 2011