The Polish population in Balham has hugely increased since 2006, though Balham has been one of the centres of the community in London since World War II.The White Eagle Club is a thriving Polish community centre, and its traditional Saturday night dance draws people from across London.She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (1997–2006) and for creating the acclaimed comedy series 30 Rock (2006–2013) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–present).Fey is also known for her work in film, with her most notable appearances including starring roles in Baby Mama (2008), Date Night (2010), Muppets Most Wanted (2014), Sisters (2015), and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016).
Balham is recorded in several maps in the 1600s as Ballam or Balham Hill or Balham Manor. Large country retreats for the affluent classes were built there in the 18th century; however, most development occurred after the opening of Balham railway station on the line to Crystal Palace in 1856.
In 2008, the Associated Press gave Fey the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her Sarah Palin impression on SNL. Her father, Donald Henry Fey (died 2015), was a university administrator for the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University and a grant proposal writer who raised 0 million for schools, hospitals, and public service agencies through proposals and direct mail appeals.
Fey's father had English, German, Northern Irish, Scottish, and Russian ancestry; one of her paternal ancestors was John Hewson (1744–1821), a textile manufacturer who immigrated to America with the support of Benjamin Franklin, enabling Hewson to quickly open a quilting factory in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
On 14 October 1940 Balham Underground station was badly damaged by air raids on London during World War II.
People took shelter in the tube station during the raids.
In the series, Fey starred as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a fictional sketch comedy series.