Fey Is AP's Entertainer of the Year

30 Rock star and Palin impersonator beats out Downey, Ledger
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2008 12:42 PM CST

(Newser) – Tina Fey is the entertainer of the year? You betcha. Fey was voted the AP's Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country. Fey was selected by AP members as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008.

The 38-year-old comedian bested runner-up Robert Downey Jr., whose comeback was capped with the blockbuster smash Iron Man, and the third-place vote-getter, Heath Ledger, who posthumously wowed audiences as the Joker in The Dark Knight. But it was Fey who most impressed voters largely with her indelible impression of Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. Her cameos helped drive the show to record ratings and eventually drew an appearance from Palin herself.