Tina Fey Will Play a Serious Journalist in ‘The Taliban Shuffle’

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This is not a rumor fueled by Fey’s international role as a Russian gulag guard in Muppets Most Wanted. Fey is really going to produce and star in an adaptation of writer Kim Barker’s 2011 nonfiction book called The Taliban Shuffle. Former 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock tackled the script, which will depict Barker’s Middle Eastern reporting stint that began in 2002. “She spoke only English and had little idea how to do the ‘Taliban Shuffle’ between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” The Wrap writes. If you’re not mentally prepared to see Fey go after something Serious yet, don’t worry — the New York Times’s 2011 book review reassured that the story is somehow a humorous one.

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Check out Ronan Farrow on The Daily Show. Dude has it together.

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And finally: Zombeavers? ZOMBEAVERS!!

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