Tina Fey is a comic genius, celebrity, writer, actor, mother, self-proclaimed sexy librarian and a seemingly very down-to-earth person. After reading her new book Bossypants, you’ll get the feeling that what you see/hear/read (and smell maybe?) is what you get with her.
Bossypants isn’t a biography, and it’s not really a memoir either. It’s better described as a sequence of thoughts and rants from Tina about various stages in her life, the characters she’s met, and the characters she’s made.
Fey talks about; her life growing up in Philadelphia, training in improv, her 9 years on SNL, how she thought 30 rock would tank after its first season, meeting Oprah, the joy of photo shoots (and Photoshop!), being Sarah Palin, the guilt of being a working mother and why kids should be more scared of their parents.
The SNL star lets you in to the parts of her life that are largely obscured from public view – In the dressing room with Sylvester Stallone, working with Lorne Michaels, heated arguments in the writers room of SNL and more – while at the same time she deliberately and obviously trying to obscure other parts of her life, such as the origin of her scar and the name of her husband and daughter. All of which makes for a very entertaining read!
As you’d expect from a comedy writer, there are lots of laugh out loud moments in the book and Fey is the first one to take pot shots at herself. Conversely, she also comes across as a loving daughter, mother, wife and strong role model; Readily sharing wisdoms such as:
“You could put a blond wig on a hot-water heater and some dude would try to fuck it”
Whether you’re a fan of 30 rock and SNL, or you’ve just got a librarian fetish, you’ll enjoy Bossypants. It’s available now in hard copy, ebook and audiobook formats.
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