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Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 27, 2011 at 6:14AM

EW crowns Melissa McCarthy the new Queen of Comedy on the cover of their Comedy Issue. The Bridesmaids, Mike & Molly and SNL star--not the typical Hollywood leading lady--"gives you faith in the industry," says her Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. Of her success, and dismissing notions that she'd rather be a clothes hanger type of star, she says: "I think I’m more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life. I always thought it was worth the fight. Now I know it is.”
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EW crowns Melissa McCarthy the new Queen of Comedy on the cover of their Comedy Issue. The Bridesmaids, Mike & Molly and SNL star--not the typical Hollywood leading lady--"gives you faith in the industry," says her Bridesmaids director Paul Feig. Of her success, and dismissing notions that she'd rather be a clothes hanger type of star, she says: "I think I’m more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life. I always thought it was worth the fight. Now I know it is.”


EW's Comedy Issue features other funny women and their thoughts on comedy. New Girl's Zooey Deschanel recalls the time she accidentally entered a beauty pageant ("I did not win. I didn’t even get runner-up. Even though there were only, like, seven people in the pageant—and two of them were boys.”) Emma Stone says why Gilda Radner "was just the best." Whitney's Whitney Coming shares how comics show each other the love--"Comics can handle the abuse, since we are constantly trashing each other"--and her talent for STD jokes. And Glee's Jane Lynch shares the secret to making her laugh: “If someone in a scene falls down, I love it..[And] I’m all about the farts. I’m a 12-year-old boy in a lot of ways. And if you fart while falling, then it’s even better.”

Tina Fey's "Six Ways I Plan To Update 30 Rock Now That It’s In Syndication" is below.

Six Ways I Plan To Update 30 Rock Now That It’s In Syndication:

1. Keep changing whatever McDonald’s sandwiches we’re referencing to keep up with whatever’s currently in season, regionally. The McRib will become the McLobster.


2. Redub the “Khonani” episode, where we had to settle a dispute between the janitors, so that the janitors are Republican candidates for president.

3. Generally, it might make the show more appealing if we just digitally added in a bunch of babies. Anyplace where you see the NBC peacock, we’ll just replace it with a baby. A beautiful, pan-racial baby.

4. Re-edit and rescore each episode so that it seems like we’re solving crimes. Sexy people would be getting murdered all the time. And all of a sudden their ghosts would come back, and we’d be in black and white for a moment.

5. Make sure that horizontally striped shirts never go out of style. I’ve been wearing them for six years on the show, and I’ve taken some of them home. Someday, someone will find an old homeless person living on Broadway, and they’ll know it’s me, because I died in a horizontal shirt.

6. All the references to Hot Tub Time Machine should remain, because that movie will be evergreen.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.