Imagine your boss is Tina Fey.
Now imagine what would happen when you tell her that your mom has the password to your email account.
“She looked at me like I was crazy,” Tracey Wigfield says. “Literally, she looked at me like I was diseased.”
When Wigfield made that confession, she was a writer’s assistant on NBC’s “30 Rock,” Fey’s comedic riff on the behind-the-scenes chaos of a “Saturday Night Live”-type sketch show.
As Fey tells it, there was a lot of playful judgment in the writers room that day. But it was accompanied by an odd sense of comraderie.
“Other people started raising their hands to say, ‘Uh, yeah, my mom has my email password,...