Bossypants is a humorous and candid window into Tina Fey’s rise a comedy writer. Self-deprecating and honest, the book touches on everything from her start at the YMCA to her time at the famous Second City troupe to SNL and 30 Rock.
Fey coats hard truths with humor, making them easier to swallow, and throughout the book, she effortlessly advocates feminism. It’s clear to see she has lived and continues to embrace the idea that women shouldn’t be afraid to be heard in every facet of life.
Whether she’s discussing the childhood trauma of choosing the wrong cleaning solution or sharing the same stage with VP-hopeful Sarah Palin, Tina Fey keeps her reader in stitches and demonstrates why she’s one of the most successful women in television.
Funny. Smart. Encouraging.
I really enjoyed the section where Fey spoke about the Presidential election and playing Palin. I found it truely interesting how much thought and effort went into that role, particularly the decision to let Palin on SNL. As someone who followed the election, I took her performance at face value and never thought about the vast amount of contemplation that goes into the sketch creation process. Seeing the flip side of the coin increases my appreciation of Fey and others, particularly the ground-breaking women, in comedy.
This book reads, much like a stand-up session from Fey. Lots of little loosely-connected humerous stories over the course of her life and career. For that reason, it was easy to listen in the car in small amounts, because you didn't have to recall the previous stories. Fey talks fast, so I found myself rewinding a lot, but I will definitely go back for a second listen. Overall, this is a great book. Funny, sassy, honest, and even motivating. Classic Fey.
I'm a Graphic Designer in my mid 20's who loves to read. I used to commute over an hour to and from school 5 days a week. Now my job has me commute an hour and a half 5 days a week, so I should get a lot done.
First off, it's a great read/listen. Tina Fey does an excellent job of reading and writing her Bossypants. I just went into it thinking there would be more laughs; What I got instead was light on the laughs and heavy on the heartfelt. Touching, honest and pretty funny, Tina Fey made a really nice experience.
It reminded me a lot of Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland by Patton Oswalt. I also expected that book to also be "Funny", but was incredibly heartfelt and enjoyable.
I think her performance and delivery of her own material give her personal experiences weight and volume. If someone else read this it would sound flat and disingenuous.
There's a part in the book where she talks about her relationship with her dad.
Pick this book up if you like hearing about amazing people working hard and being successful. It's an honest boook.
I enjoy 30 Rock and bought this book expecting the witty, biographical ramblings of a deeply talented comedian. Instead, this was an un-funny, highly political, boring biography that intentionally omitted the only potentially-interesting part. (An attack on Fey as a child. I can respect the fact that she chose not to share the details of that attack, but then why refer to it at all if only to say that she's not going to talk about it? Good grief.) In this book, Ms. Fey comes across as an opinionated bigot (I was dumbfounded at how she repeatedly made fun of a man with a severe head injury) without a humorous bone in her body. I wish I'd never listened to it. Not only was it a huge waste of time, I have lost a lot of respect for her and her work. Don't bother.
After reading some depressing books, I wanted a change. This was the perfect pick me up. I laughed several times. I was smiling through much of it. I learned a bit about Second City, Saturday Night Live, and Thirty Rock - her three most notable jobs. She is primarily a comedy writer. This is not an autobiography or memoirs. Think of this as humorous comments and jokes on random subjects, with a few things about her life. I loved her comebacks to people who insulted her. She does it improv style - agree and add.
I purchased the Audible/MP3 audiobook. I didn’t realize until after I finished it that I was supposed to download two things separately, the audiobook and the PDF file. The PDF file has pictures that she refers to. I was frustrated during the book thinking there were no pictures for audiobook listeners. My mistake.
An advantage of the audiobook is that we hear actual SNL skits in which Tina impersonates Sarah Palin.
The only negative was that Tina spoke too fast at times. I wanted to slow her down, maybe 5%, not much. And I would have liked a second or more pause between topics.
Genre: amusing personal essays, humorous anecdotes.
I love learning, teaching, and exploring!
I enjoyed this book because it was short and entertaining. There was a funny moment in virtually every chapter. A warning to males, this book was definitely written for women so you might find some awkward scenes.
I'm not sure I enjoyed Tina Fey as a narrator. Occasionally she trailed off or mumbled, making it difficult to hear everything. In addition, some parts weren't edited very carefully.
Neither humor nor memoirs are my usual reading choices. But if you like Tina Fey, you'll love Bossypants. It's half memoir, half stand-up routine, which is why it may fare better on audio, read by Ms. Fey herself. As other readers have mentioned, it is a bit chronologically disjointed, as stand-up comedy often is, but I had no trouble following along. Fey regales us with stories of growing up half Greek/half Irish in a small, WASP-ish Pennsylvania town; her college days and first loves (including one she refers to as "Handsome Robert Wuhl," or "HRW"); her breaks with Second City, 'Saturday Night Live,' and '30 Rock'; her honeymoon on a cruise ship that catches fire; and the joys and icks of motherhood. She's tactful enough not to bash any of the SNL guest hosts and gives us insights into working with some of them, including Sylvester Stallone and Sarah Palin. Having just finished a massive Trollope novel, this was a fluffy, delicious piece of cake. Recommended for Fey fans; not sure how well it would sit with others.
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I've never seen 30 Rock, and I didn't see Tina Fey on SNL, so I didn't go into this listening experience with an established connection to the author. I found her memoir interesting and sincere but not laugh-out-loud hilarious, as I had hoped. Instead it was heartfelt and entertaining.
I appreciated how she tries to balance work and parenting. For example, she was planning for Oprah's appearance on . . . was it 30 Rock or SNL? I can't remember. Anyway, while preparing for that momentous guest appearance, she was also trying to put together her little daughter's birthday party, and Amazon hadn't delivered the Peter Pan decorations yet. Both held equal importance for Tina.
I very much enjoyed the life lessons she learned from doing improv (for example, always say yes and add something to the conversation). She also stood up for women in her field of comedy (she was told that no audience would want to watch two females in a sketch), and I respected that. Tina offered practical advice (always wear a bra to a job interview), and she was charmingly self-deprecating.
She also addressed her initial reluctance to play Sarah Palin on SNL and talks about when the two met on the set. (Palin offered Bristol's services as a baby-sitter). Also interesting was how she put together the 30 Rock team and the respect she has for Alec Baldwin.
If you love Tina Fey, I'm sure you will love this book. If you aren't familiar with her, I'm sure you will like this book.
I really did expect to like this one. Although I am well beyond the twenty somethings and thirty somethings that are drawn to Saturday Night Live - I have spent decades occasionally watching the show and am, of course, very familiar with many of its outstanding graduates. Not surprisingly, I have been exposed to Tina Fey's work and I have been mildly amused by her antics on SNL and more recently on 30 Rock. And who couldn't help but be delighted by her Sarah Palin characterization.
After one of my daughters listened to Bossypants and liked it, I decided to give it a try. And besides, for the life of me I couldn't find a book that I wanted to listen to and I was desperate for a new story.
I really thought I would like this book. I wanted to like this book. But I couldn't help thinking of the reaction I have when watching SNL and seeing a skit that just didn't grab me or I just didn't get the humor. No doubt Fey is funny, clever and engaging, but I only had a few chuckles and no laugh out loud moments. I did appreciate her comments about how hard it is for women in entertainment and women comedians - but I still expected to find this book funnier than I did.
Even though I am not a fan of authors who narrate their own work, Fey did an above average job - for an author.
I can't imagine actually reading the book because it was so entertaining just to hear Tina tell her story.
She does get a little political at times and is awfully condescending toward the right so depending on your own leanings, this could be a selling point or a deal breaker.
Despite all her self-deprecating remarks, Tina has spot-on comic timing, which was quite enjoyable.
When she talks about her struggle with deciding whether to have a second child, it was like she had been reading my diary. She is very genuine and transparent.