Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Overview .
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

My thoughts:
This book made me laugh so hard.  My children were watching TV at one point and my daughter told me how they needed to turn up the volume if I was going to laugh so much!  I love reading about other peoples lives and getting a peak into what makes them tick and what made them who they are.  I was reminded of Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays book while i was reading.  Partially because both Fey and Crystal work in comedy and also because of how they include their families in their writing.

I've never watched 30 Rock, it isn't that I think I wouldn't like the show, I just don't watch a lot of TV in general.  When we moved six years ago we decided to forgo cable.  After two or three years we decided to get it again because we could bundle the phone, int4ernet and cable together so we've had it for three or four years, but the break from being able to tune in got me out of the habit of watching much of anything and I've tried to be sparing in what I decide to watch.  If our cable had better On Demand features I would probably watch more on my own time line, but it doesn't.  Same with SNL, I've seen episodes here and there but I've never been a regular viewer.  So why did I want to read this book?  I really think Tina Fey is funny and I loved her in Date Night.  The book did not disappoint!

It really takes talent to find the comedy in every day events and make them funny.  I can't even tell jokes very well because if I think something is really funny I tend to get the giggles before I finish the joke.  I do get people to laugh, but they are laughing at (or maybe with) me because I am laughing so hard.  At this point I've given up on even trying to tell jokes, which makes me appreciate people who can so much more!

In discovering Summer Theater Fey became friends with a number of gay people.  Her quote about her friends and gay people in general really made me laugh, " Gay people don't actually try to convert people.  That's Jehovah's Witnesses you're thinking of".

•Pub. Date: April 2011

•Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
•Format: Hardcover , 277pp
•ISBN-13: 9780316056861
•ISBN: 0316056863


  1. I love Tina Fey, I can't wait to read it. I'll be glad to read it on my Kindle b/c I hate the cover

  2. Jill,
    I would like to send you offers to review for Media Guests. Could you please send me your email?


  3. My kids keep asking me why she has man hands! It is a bit of an odd cover choice.