Tina Fey’s always been a celebrity I’m supposed to be a fan of. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s pretty but not in the plastic, unattainable, air-brushed way. But I actually haven’t seen her in much save for Mean Girls, Baby Momma and those Sarah Palin SNL skits a few years back. I just haven’t been much of a fan as I know I should be.
I’ll admit, I put off buying and reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants for a few months because I didn’t want to read something because everyone else was. I like to be cool and different that way, okay? Besides, I had just read A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth and was looking forward to reading Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) as my next celebrity biography.
So last week while I was on a business trip and had some time on my hands, I decided to finally dig into the book. I so thoroughly enjoyed myself that I regret not reading it sooner and tempted to go watch 30 Rock.
Fey’s writing style is flows well and makes the reading easy. She’s entertaining which should be expected as she’s a comedy writer (for SNL and 30 Rock). I just didn’t expect to be laughing out loud (or LOLing) while reading so many passages. I particularly enjoyed her time at camp with her gay friends who were in the “half-closet”.
I also enjoyed how Fey wrote about her father Don Fey, describing him as a man who commanded respect just by entering a room. And in reading her description of him, I kinda started feeling like I respected him too, even though I’ve only seen a tiny picture of him.
One of the biggest things I liked about reading the book was Fey’s honesty. She’s candid about those times she acted uncool. Like when she applied for a job she knew her coworker wanted and she only took to get out of where she was. Or when she admitted she was more comfortable with her gay friends in the half-closet rather than fully out of the closet. (They were there for more than just her entertainment?)
I also enjoyed her assertion that women didn’t need to be cute or sexy to be funny. Yes, it’s a feminist slant but damn it if it wasn’t correct. Women are funny and it doesn’t always need to be as a sidenote to her looks. One chapter tells about how Jimmy Fallon got owned by Poehler for telling her she wasn’t being cut.
Speaking of, the last few chapters that read like a love letter to Amy Poehler, her frequent costar and fellow former cast member at SNL. I love how much respect she has for Poehler (and all of her current/past costars).
Anyway, definitely pick up this book if you’re into comedy writing. If you’re into celebrity biographies. And especially if you’re into Tina Fey.