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 of those 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.
Includes special, never-before-solicited opinions on breastfeeding, princesses, Photoshop, the electoral process, and Italian rum cake!
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
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"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales." (Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey)
"Do not print this glowing recommendation of Tina Fey's book until I've been dead a hundred years." (Mark Twain)
"Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny - oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!" (A Guy Turning into a Werewolf)
Yes I would listen to it again; it made me laugh, and I learned interesting tidbits about SNL and 30 Rock.
On SNL; this is funnier overall but nothing can beat her portrayal of Sara Palin on SNL, which she discusses in this book.
The last chapters where she talked about motherhood were the funniest to me.
...but much more endearing. A well rounded memoir played for comic effect. Her asides and disclaimers were hilarious.
My commute is long and the audiobooks are longer. Brevity is not my strong suit. @alyssahoman
Tiny Fey is an excellent narrator (as is to be expected) which makes this book just that much more entertaining. Hearing the story in her voice adds an extra level of enjoyment. This adaptation to an audiobook was done very well with auditory cues, a visual companion and samples of the clips she references in the book (which means you don't need to take a break to look it up on YouTube).
Bossypants is a memoir of a comedian and would reside within that realm. Comparing it to others would be unfair since it is so specific to her life and thoughts.
This is the first audiobook I have heard her narrate for. She is just as effervescent as she is on SNL and 30 Rock.
It made me rethink some of the ways that I deal with people and work. She has a unique, informed take on a lot of things and her anecdotes do a great job of illustrating some great life lessons. It was very lighthearted but I think that has a lot to do with the way she has learned to deal with intense situations and that is a pretty great message.
I highly recommend this to everyone. Tina Fey is smart, strong and (of course) hilarious. Being able to learn from her is a privilege.
I wonder if it's ok to say I "read" a book when I really listened to it??....
I haven't read the print version but I would say with Tina Fey actually narrating, it's got to be better.
This is the first of this type of biography that I've read (comedian bio). I read Mindy Kahling's book and enjoyed it, but then I read Bossypants again right after.
So many....I love when she's describing her dad. I also love the story about climbing Old Rag Mountain. Laughed out loud many MANY times.
So much laughing...
Tina wrote about good and bad things in her life. This book showed us what her life is like. Where she came from to who she is today.
I live in Brooklyn. I am not artisanal.
I was laughing out loud on the New York subway...if you are a New Yorker you know what a faux paux this is but I just couldn't help myself. I love the story, identify with it SO MUCH and Tina Fey tells it better than anyone could.
Her anecdotes and stories are inspiring, enlightening, and just plain fun. Wonderfully written. The perspective I gained from her life has been fascinating and eye-opening, especially in regard to gender, struggle, feeling like an underdog, and comedy in general. I honestly feel I have undergone emotional growth just listening to this. Thank you, Tina.
Picky technical note: I found it distracting that her voice would trail off on several lines, awkwardly faded out.
OK, I'm a guy. I don't watch 30 Rock or Saturday Night Live. This is a book about a very nice woman with a nice life. It has little imagination or perspective. It is not very funny. I really could care less about her child's fingernails or her decision to have a second child. I am sure the themes resonate with a lot of people, I'm guessing mostly women. However, to me it was pretty empty. Sorry.
The first time through this audiobook, I laughed so hard. Since then, this has been my go-to book for a smile at the end of a long day! Her narration is excellent (including voices for characters like Sarah Palin) and her balance of honesty and sarcasm is perfect. Really enjoyable listen!
I actually would! It was laugh out loud funny and it was nice hearing it in Tina's own voice.
Loved the chapter about her dad, Don Fey
Really entertaining, recommending it to all my girlfriends.
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