In her acceptance speech for Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Tina Fey announced that she was proud to make her home in "the 'not-real America'". It is perhaps that healthy sense of incongruity that makes the head writer, executive producer, and star of NBC's Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock such a cogent observer of the contemporary scene.
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So what's to love about "Bossypants," besides everything? For starters, how Tina just tells it (and by "it," I mean everything from working at SNL to impersonating Sarah Palin) like it is. She's got a fierce feminist...more
Unless one of these men is my boss, which none of them is, it's irrel...more
No, I don't really live under a rock. I just tune out nonessential information.
Anyway, I like Tina because she's funny in the way I would be funny if I were actually capable of being funny on a regular basis.
I listened to the audio book, which is really the only way to go with this...more
Having read a small portion of this book online (A Mother's Prayer) and having found that very entertaining, I had high hopes for this book. And I should say, it's not a bad read. It's just not that funny. I laughed out loud maybe once, and smiled a few times more. Most of the jokes fell under the category of fairly amusing. Maybe as a script, it'd be great.
But that isn't to say that this isn't a pleasant read. Her stories are interesting, and I looked forward to pick...more
Let's start with the good stuff:
- It's extremely funny. And not just "laugh out loud" funny, but "laugh *so* out loud your spouse asks you to go read in another room because you're keeping him awake." If you enjoy Tina Fey's humor, you'll really appreciate this book. It's damn funny.
- It's (unexpectedly) full of really good advice about how to be a good boss. I mean, maybe I should have gleaned that from the title but I expected it to...more
That said, there were portions of this book that killed me. Her "Origin Story" was hilarious, especially the talk about her scar and people’s reactions to it. Also, she is a genius when it comes to discussing everyday gender fuckery. I loved her whole take on menstruation and how she thought period blood would be blue because of...more
Bossypants is a memoir of sorts, discussing a few choice bits from her childhood,...more
What did I expect? Well, it's probably easier to explain what I didn't expect. I wasn't counting on a sour, muddled, defensive screed against anyone who pissed off the author in...more
I wasn't expecting much, obviously, but this "book" fails to live up to even the exceeding low standards of airport bookstores. I liked Tina Fey before I read this book....more
I've been on a run of female-funny-people-do-books, meaning I read this one and Jenny McCarthy's book on pregnancy. This one was funny in all the ways Jenny's book was un-funny. Tina is smart, for one...more
Tina Fey is my kind of woman - intelligent, interesting, and f-ing hilarious! If not having a driver’s license, falling asleep while someone else is driving, and being developmentally stunted in general are qualities needed to get into comedy acting and writing, well I should be famous by now, indeed!
Actually, this book was well written and held my attention all the way through. I really enjoyed Tina's anecdotes about her SNL...more
It was all right. Heck, it was better than all right. It was adequately satisfactory.
I prefer to watch and listen to Tina Fey, so perhaps I would have enjoyed an audiobook more, if read by the author. Nothing in this book was as funny as her angrily shouting "Ah, Nerds!", or imitating Eleanor Roosevelt before being abruptly cut-off, and subsequently awkwardly recoiling. I am a fairly recent 30 Rock fan (credit to Netflix), and I hate to say it, but watching television in this case may be time b...more
While I appreciated the memior I was surprised when I didn't feel it was candid enough. Maybe that was a conscious effort. There was a trauma as a child that she explains but doesn't elaborate one. Fine! I don't think she needs to give us the details, they are hers but I felt that she was approached to write a book and agreed but didn't really want to. There is humor, joke...more
The show biz details get a bit boring and the book tends to drag around that point in the middle but it picks up when she starts talking about how her career took off when she took on the role of Sarah Palin. She's funniest when she talks about her childhood, being...more
I did not know much about Tina Fey before reading this - or rather listening to it. In my mind, Tina Fey was "That woman from SNL who makes Sarah Palin sound like she's from Minnesota." (Not that I'm complaining, it's still funny.)
So, listening to this, I learned a lot about her life and stuff, and laughed a lot, and it was good. I enjoyed....more
This book is a very nice mix of serious and humorous: Ti...more
That's what I did, and it was fun. Tina Fey is a performer. She knows the power of her own voice and makes the perfect intonations to grab attention and get heard. She picks her words with care and is a comedian-with-a-conscience. She's not out there to hurt anyone with her humorous skill, but us...more
Well, crap. Plan B it is!
I now, officially, am in love with Tina Fey (in a benevolent womancrush sort of way, not a "mailing cow hearts to you in a...more
While there was a little drag in the middle of this book (oddly, the 30 Rock commentar...more
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