Jeff Richmond

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Jeff Richmond
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Richmond in April 2010
Jeffrey Wayne Richmond

(1961-01-07) January 7, 1961 (age 61)
Years active2004-present
(m. 2001)

Jeffrey Wayne Richmond (born January 7, 1961) is an American composer, actor, director, and producer. He composed the music for, and directed multiple episodes of 30 Rock, a sitcom created by and starring his wife, Tina Fey. He also executive produced and composed the music for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, another sitcom created by his wife. Richmond has won three Emmy awards for his production of the first three seasons of 30 Rock. He has also been nominated for an Emmy for his composition of 30 Rock's theme song. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Original Score in 2018 for Mean Girls.

Early life[edit]

Richmond grew up in Portage County, Ohio, and graduated in 1979 from James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville, where he won the John Philip Sousa award and where his mother still lives. He also played a key part in the creation of the Garrettsville Community Players, directing, choreographing, and lending his creative and artistic vision to many of its shows in its beginning.[1] He attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, in the late 1980s, where he co-authored a number of musicals, and wrote a musical score to William Shakespeare's Othello.[2]


Richmond worked at The Second City and Child's Play Touring Theatre before he became music director for the late-night television variety show Saturday Night Live.[3][4] Richmond left SNL in 2006 to produce and compose music for the situation comedy 30 Rock. Richmond has also appeared as an extra on various occasions on 30 Rock, as the character Alfonso Disparioso; and, beginning in 2010, he directed five episodes: "Argus", "Plan B", "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell", "Today You Are a Man", and "A Goon's Deed in a Weary World".

In 2008, Richmond composed the score to the film Baby Mama, which starred his wife, Tina Fey, opposite Amy Poehler.

Richmond has also appeared in a recurring role on Late Night with Conan O'Brien as the short character of "Russian Hat Guy".[5]

Richmond is a recipient of the Child's Play Touring Theatre 2012 Victor Award.[6]

Richmond wrote music for the Broadway stage adaptation of Mean Girls, which had its out of town Broadway tryout in Washington, DC. The musical began previews on Broadway March 12, 2018 and opened officially on Broadway on April 8, 2018.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Richmond is married to Tina Fey, the creator and star of 30 Rock. They met while working at The Second City and dated for seven years before marrying in a Greek Orthodox ceremony on June 3, 2001.[8] They have two daughters.[9][10]



Year Title Credited as Role Network Notes
Producer Director Writer Composer Actor
2005–2018 Saturday Night Live Yes (2) Yes (2) Singer NBC
2006–2013 30 Rock Yes Yes (5) Yes Yes (8) Alfonso Disparioso
2013 Inside the Actors Studio Yes (1) Self
2015 Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special Yes Television Special
2015–2019 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Yes Yes (4) Yes Yes (1) Pianist Netflix
2016 Maya & Marty Yes NBC
2017–2018 Great News Yes (1) Yes
2018 Entertainment Tonight Yes (1) Self CBS
CBS News Sunday Morning Yes (1)
Extra Yes (1) Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
2020 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs The Reverend Yes Yes Netflix Television Film
30 Rock: A One-Time Special Yes Yes Self NBC Television Special
2021–present Mr. Mayor Yes Yes NBC
2021 Girls5eva Yes Yes Peacock


Year Title Producer Composer Actor Role Notes
2004 Mean Girls Yes
2008 Baby Mama Yes
2015 Sisters Yes
The Parker Tribe Yes Yes Self (Special Thanks) Short Film
Hell and Back Yes Self (Special Thanks)
2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Yes


Year Title Role Music Lyrics Notes
2016 Fully Committed Music Jeff Richmond Play
2018 Mean Girls Music Jeff Richmond Nell Benjamin


Year Title Role Notes
2020 Stars in the House Self


  1. ^ Fredmonsky, Matt (March 11, 2010). "Kent State raises nearly $200 million". Record-Courier. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Richmond also is a graduate of James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville and his parents still live in Portage County.
  2. ^ Dawidziak, Mark (2008-04-10). "Tina Fey's 30 Rock,' NBC Thursday-night shows roll out new episodes Ready to Rock'". The Plain Dealer. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  3. ^ Riedel, Michael. "The unsexy way Tina Fey seduced her husband". Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Schaefer, John. "Soundcheck Live: Television composer Jeff Richmond talks '30 Rock' and 'Saturday Night Live'". Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Eisenberg, Carol (April 28, 2008). "Tina Fey's husband is bit player in 30 Rock, major player in her life | Muckety - See the news". Archived from the original on January 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "30 Rock Producer Jeff Richmond Receives Child's Play Touring Theatre 2012 Victor Award Full". Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  7. ^ BWW News Desk. "Calling All Plastics! MEAN GIRLS Box Office Opens Today!". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  8. ^ "Tina Fey Biography". Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  9. ^ AP. SNL Star Tina Fey Gives Birth to a Girl. 1 October 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2006.
  10. ^ Hammel, Sara (2011-08-12). "Tina Fey Welcomes Daughter Penelope Athena". People. Retrieved 2011-08-12.

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