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Tina Fey, Steve Carell hit the town in 'Date Night'

Tina Fey, Steve Carell hit the town in 'Date Night'

Thursday nights on NBC, Tina Fey is Liz Lemon and Steve Carell is Michael Scott. Neither is particularly functional.
In the new big-screen comedy "Date Night," however, Fey and Carell discover unforeseen talents, playing married parents whose night out in Manhattan turns into a wild adventure due to a case of mistaken identity.
The pairing is fitting. Fey are Carell are not just two of NBC's most famous, award-winning faces, whose shows normally sit side by side. They're both alumni of the famed bastion of improvisation, Second City. In a recent interview, Carell, 47, and Fey, 39, discussed their collaboration, which was directed by Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum"). After the interview, Fey stood up and did a "cheeseburger macaroni" dance, excited that dinner with her daughter was approaching.
Q: Do you both consider yourselves improv comedians at heart, rather than standup comedians?
FEY: For sure.
CARELL: Yeah, I think I'd fail miserably.
Q: "Weekend Update" had a standup feel sometimes.
FEY: It is joke-telling, but I never wanted to do it alone. I did it with Jimmy (Fallon) and when Jimmy left, I had the opportunity to do it alone or do it with someone else. I was like, "No, no." Telling jokes alone, you're a standup, but telling jokes with a buddy, you have someone to go to if the jokes fail; that's what I'm used to.
CARELL: You're used to jokes failing.
FEY: Yes, all my jokes fail.
Q: Steve, you're renowned for your niceness, while, Tina, you've recently said that you represent "normalcy." That makes for an interesting combo: nice and normal.
CARELL: It's our vaudeville act.
FEY: Normalcy and Niceness go to the circus. It's like Goofus and Gallant.


Updated : 2021-01-19 16:43 GMT+08:00