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Tinaca Jones

Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Comedy, Satire
4.5 out of 5 stars (6,044 ratings)

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Tinaca Jones provides deposition testimony.
Tinaca Jones explains researching her impostor.

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About the Creator and Performer

Writer/Actor Matt Boren is a graduate of NYU’S Tisch School of The Arts. He got his start writing story arcs for All My Children then went on to sell his first pilot, Dirtbags, to Fox. That pilot was greenlit and thus began Boren’s career in television. He has gone on to sell shows to NBC, ABC, FX, E!, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. Boren has written on over 80 episodes of television including Melissa and Joey, See Dad Run, and Sofia the First. Boren has acted in many projects in both film and television including the lead role in the Sundance darling, Momma’s Man, Amazon Prime’s The Booth at the End, and for nine seasons as Stuart on How I Met Your Mother.

Boren’s first novel, Folded Notes from High School, was released in April 2018 (Razorbill). The audiobook version—starring Christina Applegate, Ramy Youssef, Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Newman, Selma Blair, Meredith Salenger, and Katie Lowes—was chosen as one of the most "Amazing Audiobooks" of the year by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Boren wrote an Audible Original comedy, Tinaca Jones, starring Retta with appearances by Boren and Stephanie Lemelin.

About the Performer

Actress and comedian Retta has delighted audiences with her performance aptitude and comedy precision and has established herself as a consistent first pick for Hollywood. She appeared in the 2019 hit comedy Good Boys, which opened as the number one movie in the country. She stars as Ruby on the NBC hit series Good Girls also starring Christina Hendricks and Mae Whitman. Retta plays Ruby, one of three friends who are weary of the daily grind. Together, they decide to pull off a supermarket heist, only to find they are in for more than they bargained. Audiences also adore Retta as Barbara on the Bravo hit series Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, a drama, exploring friendship and the post-divorce ups and downs. Retta spent a memorable seven seasons playing the über beloved office mate Donna Meagle on NBC's critically acclaimed comedy Parks and Recreation.

In addition to her success in acting, Retta is also a critically acclaimed author, publishing her first work entitled So Close To Being the Sh*t Y’all Don’t Even Know. Retta has enjoyed success in feature films as well. She starred in the teenage tale Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life as Ida Sticker, as well as independent films Band Aid, To the Bone and Where’s the Money? She previously starred in the franchise Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, and the independent drama, Other People, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Other films include Bastards with Ed Helms and Owen Wilson, Fracture with Anthony Hopkins, First Sunday with Ice Cube and Katt Williams, Sex & Death 101 with Simon Baker, and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star with David Spade.

Retta, born Marietta Sirleaf to immigrant parents from Liberia, grew up in New Jersey. Upon graduating pre-med from Duke University with a degree in Sociology, Retta decided to take a year off before medical school to work as a contract chemist before she decided to pursue her dream of having her own sitcom. Realizing there were several sitcom stars that started as comedians (Roseanne, Drew Carrey, Tim Allen, Brett Butler) she began doing stand-up in Raleigh, NC and soon decided to make the move to LA. Retta started performing in Los Angeles and eventually began showcasing for the National Association for Campus Activities. She became a must-see act on the college circuit and soon was nominated for female comedian of the year by Campus Activities Magazine. She was Comedy Central's first winner of their Laugh Riots Stand-Up Competition, which led to an appearance on the New Faces Showcase at Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. This performance led to a development deal with ABC/Disney. Retta's television appearances include: The Kroll Show, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Key & Peele, Premium Blend and Comedy Central Presents…Retta. She has also created her own starring role as Twitter Queen thrilling her fans with her live interpretations of the television shows she loves. Retta’s endless entertaining prowess and comedic vigor keeps both her devoted following and Hollywood captivated. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

About the Performer

After graduating from UPenn, Stephanie Lemelin handed her ivy-league degree to her parents and took off for Hollywood to pursue a career in acting... just like they'd always feared. Truth be told, she had been warning them ever since she learned to speak! Since then, Stephanie's worked steadily both in front of the camera and behind the mic. In 2019 alone, Stephanie has appeared on Nickelodeon's Cousins for Life playing mom Charlotte, as well as guest-starring roles on hit shows such as 9-1-1, Code Black, iZombie, and more. As of 2020, Stephanie will have been playing the voice of Artemis on Young Justice for almost 10 years, in addition to other regular characters like Rooky Partnur in Lego City Adventures on Nickelodeon, Audrey in Dreamworks' Harvey Girls Forever! on Netflix, and Eep in Dawn Of The Croods, plus she has upcoming roles in Disney's The Rocketeer and DC's Super Hero Girls, as well as starring in multiple video games ranging from Call of Duty (playing both Misty and new specialist Zero) and the villainous Screwball in Insomniac's record-breaking SpiderMan game for PS4. One could say Stephanie certainly stays busy, not to mention she's a mom of 3! Forever grateful to work in an industry that still makes her inner child jump for joy, Stephanie's adult self is equally grateful to qualify for SAG-AFTRA insurance each year—after all, those afore-mentioned kids have sweet-tooth's like their mama and need to go to the dentist regularly. An active volunteer with Moms Demand Action and the PTA, Stephanie is happy to live, love, and work in LA, and is a huge fan of everyone out there who puts their heart into their art!

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OMG MAKE IT STOP

This is pure utter garbage but what can you expect when you have a very white man writing from the prospective of a "strong black woman". I couldn't finish it and I can't for the life of me understand how the narrator could read this shit. At the very least, she could have pulled the writer aside to work on making this sound like something a black woman might actually say instead of reading through his exhausting attempts at AAVE.

"Seen it with my own damn fly eyes"

"Pull out a soap box at the quick" to defend Gwyenth Paltrow?

"I ain't running a soup kitchen up in my life"

I don't know any black people that talk like this. And Matt Boren clearly doesn't know many black people at all.


Everything about this sucks.

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I tried hard, but couldn’t do it.

Let’s be honest here, Retta is the reason I downloaded this. As a big Parks and Rec fan, I was excited to hear some more of Retta. It’s a short story and I only could make it about an hour in. The pacing is so strange for such a short story, it felt slow somehow. My main issue is that the story is just this Tinaca character stating lists of pop culture references that add nothing to the plot other than making it “maybe” relevant to the listeners. There’s so many references to almost ANYTHING pop culture right now and it got exhausting. With the performance, I just couldn’t vibe with the acting. It seemed off to me. I don’t know. I tried to finish it, but could not.

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Retta is awesome! Very talented and so funny.

I didn’t know what to expect with this funny cover, but it peeked my interested but didn’t have high hopes because it was a free listening book. But I’m very happy I gave it a chance, it is extremely well written and Retta is a brilliant actor. She helped make Tinaca Jones an unforgettable character. If you get offended by bad language, don’t bother listening, but you are really short changing yourself because the writing is well done, and honest! Those familiar with Hollywood knows this s@*$ is real, and Matt Boren knows how to tell a story. Cheers to brilliant comedy, and I hope to hear more about Tinaca Jones!!!

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More reading than performing

I love Retta and was so disappointed by this performance. You could hear that this was being read instead of performed, right down to the sounds of pages being turned. Totally took me out of the story

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modern minstrel show?

Couldn't bring myself to listen to this past the first few minutes knowing it was written by a white guy, the style relies heavily on AAVE and expressions the black woman narrator would supposedly use so it just comes across as racist stereotyping/humor.

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Real AF

Loved it. I want a series of Tinaca Jones cases!! These are really fantastic characters.

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OMGOSH!!!! I loved this book!!!

I was putting Christmas decorations away today and just wanted a light listen. My kids looked at me like I was crazy when I seriously doubled over during one incredibly fun and funny passage in this book. I sincerely laughed out loud!

I never send books to people because my taste is just so vast. If friends don't like what I loved, that would not be good. (Best to just keep my jewels to myself.) Not this book though!!! I sent it to my kids because they needed to know why I had tears in my eyes, and more importantly, there are few books that can be shared by Boomer and Millennial alike but this one certainly can.

Retta is the embodiment of Tinaca Jones. The interview style that is used to tell the story is right in her lane. She was so funny and so in the zone. The story was social media relevant and I could not get enough.

Give yourself the best laugh out loud moment you will probably have this year and listen to this book!

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FABULOUS!!!

This was so entertaining. I HAVE to spread the word on this book, along with it's FABULOUS NARRATOR !!!👏👏👏

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I loved it

This was hilarious. No one but Retta could have voiced Tinica Jones! I loved it

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Awful - just a bunch of ghetto noise

I really wanted to enjoy this and hoped for something brilliantly similar to Queenie but I can't be surprised that this book was like a caricature depiction of a "ghetto black woman" seeing as the author is a white middle aged man. It made me cringe the entire 25 minutes to the point where I couldn't go any further. It honestly lacked substance and just fed into typical stereotypes which I as a young, educated, black woman will not endure.

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