Few women in pop culture have as much geek cred as Tina Fey, who has been flaunting her love for all things Star Wars for years, both on and off her mostly genius NBC sitcom 30 Rock, whose absence is still missed. (Particularly on NBC, which has apparently forgotten that comedies are supposed to make people laugh.) So it’s no surprise that the former SNL star altered her look when taking the stage at this year’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s, an annual fundraiser put on by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research. But instead of coming dolled up in a fashionable gown, she went back to Fox’s past for the future of fashion and went as a lookalike of Marty McFly. Great Scott Adsit!
Back to the Future made much more of an impact in the vehicle and memorable quote department than it did with fashion, and Fey made it clear that she wasn’t dressing that way as an in-joke, but rather that it was the only option she had now that she didn’t have a TV show anymore. Dresses are expensive, people. Vests generally are not.
Take a giga-gander at Fey in action below, along with a host of other celebs who appeared.
This year’s event featured appearances by the distinct personalities of Denis Leary, Jim Gaffigan, and Amy Schumer, along with Seth Meyers. Blake Lively, Julianna Marguiles, and Betsy Brandt, among others, were also on hand in this sold-out crowd of 1,100 guests and donors. Around $5.5 million dollars in donations came in this year; more than $60 million has now been raised for research into curing the disease through this event over the years. Some people like to trash the attention celebrities get over ordinary people when it comes to sickness and death, but sometimes the celebrities are able to do things like this that ordinaries, as we in the biz like to call them, can’t do. Also, most people can’t get Fox and Coldplay’s Chris Martin to jam out a rendition of “Johnny B. Goode” like this.
More Liz Lemon sci-fi jokes, you ask? Here are all or most of 30 Rock‘s references to Lost. You’re welcome, said the person who made the video.