Love novels, love to laugh.
Tina Fey can write...and read. She was a great narrator of her very funny book. In fact, I think listening to her probably made the book much better than reading it. I'm still laughing thinking about some of her descriptions.
I enjoyed the peek behind the scenes and learning about the actors as people. And since reading the book, have watched and appreciated 30 Rock. She is candid in relating personal details about her birth family as well as her husband and daughter. In fact, I think I want to be her best friend.
Listening to the video in the book is a bonus. And be sure and download the PDF.
I will say up front that this was not what I expected - but that made the surprise so much better. Instead of a "biography" about everything that ever happened to Ms. T. Fey, we got snippets and remembrances and lots and lots of laughing. I felt like I was on a really hilarious yet somehow still awkward first date with Tina, but then found out she was married and we decided to be the bestest friends ever. Except I know all about her and she doesn't even know I exist. Moving on...
The book was broken up into different periods in Tina's life - her family, a great chapter on her dad that I loved (That's Don Fey), high school/college and the beginning of her comedy career. The insights about Lorne Michaels as a producer and the glimpse of backstage life at SNL were really interesting. The stories about her daughter Alice were also really funny and made me feel better about being the mother that I am (isn't that what everyone wants? Reassurance that celebrities are messing up the same things? No?)
The bit that I think is my favorite is the chapter describing photo shoots and comments on Photoshop. Every time I hear this line, about getting ready for a photo shoot, I bust out laughing:
"The leg massage and the warm lights of the makeup mirror feel so cozy, that you can almost believe that THIS is your actual life. Instead of that endless, degrading looking-for-the-checkbook and boiling-macaroni shit you live with at home."
Despite more than a few statements about motherhood, women in comedy and other controversial for our time topics, I never felt like she was lecturing or advising anyone to think exactly the way she does. It was straight up "This is what I think and that's it." I loved her take on how she wants to become a producer in the entertainment business, so that she is in a place to give comedy opportunities to other funny women.
So, if you want a completely hilarious and still insightful good read, here is your answer. And don't get too close - she's MY friend.
Hilarious, fun and witty
This is by far the most entertaining audio book I've listened to this year. I have a group of women who I have on speed dial when it's time to have the girls together for happy hour. I've just added Tina Fey to that list.
Probably not..but not because it wasn't good. I just enjoyed Tina's narration and view on her life. Her review of how she developed her Palin character is just great!
Yes it was a fun read..just hearing about how she got started in comedy and how she developed herself as a successful writer and comedian.
Having Tina Fey narrate her own book was, by far, the best part of listening vs. reading. Without that personal connection to the subject matter, I don't think it would have been nearly as convincing or entertaining.
There were several moments where Tina Fey issues some "real talk" about appearance, self-esteem and other topics that affect me personally. Knowing that she is as amazingly popular and revered as she is, while still remembering she is a real person with real flaws, is very impactful.
I just loved that it was Tina Fey reading it, makes it 100 times better.
The introduction joke was what made me love it so much.
It made me laugh the entire time. My office workers thought I was going crazy.
I loved that Tina read her own work. I loved the one line jokes and anecdotes.
The book was not what I expected, but better.
The unapologetic manner in which Tina Fey owns her life, her strengths and her weaknesses. The insight on production (management) of people and her ability to make me laugh about just about anything.
Hey Tina, you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, HEY TINA!
“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?”
“To say I’m an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair.”
― Tina Fey, Bossypants
I really hesitated over this purchase, because, with the exception of David Sedaris, I rarely find "comedic" books funny. Normally they try too hard, they're too obvious, they don't relate to real life, they're crass and rude, or just boring and not funny. What's more, I'm not a big SNL fan (though I enjoy weekly update), so this audiobook was not an obvious choice for me. What sold me was Tina.
This book made me laugh out loud in front of people on crowded London streets. It made me laugh out loud while going for runs in the park. Especially the parts about Tina's dad, which I found the best by far. What woman cannot relate to Tina's relationship with her dad?
But this book is not JUST funny. It's also very serious, especially on the topic of women in the workplace and women's roles in other women's lives. Tina draws some excellent parallels between comedy and life, a couple of which have stayed with me, and I've adopted them as personal mottos. This book made a very real contribution to my life in a way that extended beyond rhetoric and feminist mantras.
I appreciate Tina's intelligent humor, and I appreciate her reaching out her hand to all the other women and men out there who are going along in life, unsure about tomorrow and about their own abilities. This book guides without preaching. And of course it'll make you laugh.
Actor/Writer in ATX "The Most Wonderfully Ridiculous Person" -Kristen Kurtis 93.3 KGSR
Will again, absolutely.
It's a great and funny insight into a very brilliant and hilarious lady. Offers a unique perspective behind the scenes of some of the most sacred hallways of comedy.
I especially enjoyed hearing about her trials and triumphs at Second City, the landmark improv theater and school in Chicago.
Did not read the print...love the audio I think you need to hear her life in her voice!
Well it was a Bio but true to Tina Fey's life, comedy and personality...it is hilarious
HaHaHa....still laughing ....as about 'pads'
Do not listen while others are in the room....people will think your crazy as you laugh out loud