In her acceptance speech for Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Tina Fey announced that she was proud to make her home in “the ‘not-real America'”. It is perhaps that healthy sense of incongruity that makes the head writer, executive producer, and star of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock such a cogent observer of the contemporary scene.
Bossypants, her entertaining new memoir, shows that strangeness has been her constant companion. Fey’s stories about her childhood in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania are only appetizers for LOL forays into her college disasters, honeymoon catastrophes, and Saturday Night Live shenanigans. Most funny read of the month; the best possible weekend update.
In her debut comedy novel, Tina Fey talks about her Flintstones-lacking childhood and how she worked her way to fame. From SNL, to 30 Rock, to writing the Mean Girls movie and then hosting the Golden Globes, Tina Fey has captured the hearts and smiles and throats of readers, young and old alike, with her wit, passion, misdemeanor (oops, did I just write that?) and of course, her dedication to her craft.
Her story will make you laugh out loud and even cry at the top of your lungs, and make you swoon for her even more. Others may say she has dry humor, but if there’s one thing I learned about making other people happy and entertained is that – the one who laughs easily at jokes get it and has a deeper sense of humor. I easily laugh, others say I’m shallow for that kind of behavior, but whatever.. it only means I get what the jokers mean. So it means, I get Tina Fey, Bossypants, and all.
Sharing with you some of the passages I loved in her book:
“Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”
“Gay people don’t actually try to convert people. That’s Jehovah’s Witnesses you’re thinking of.”
“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?”
and my most favorite of all:
“So, my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.”
I couldn’t agree more!