Author: Tina Fey
Release Date: April 18, 2011
Bossypants is comedian Tina Fey’s memoir that hilariously chronicles her life. Almost no topic seems to be off limits as Fey discusses her life beginning with her childhood. She talks about her family and her mysterious scar that has always been the root of some self consciousness. She then goes on to talk about early romances and jobs, such as her incredibly amusing stint as a receptionist at the YMCA. Finally, Fey delves into her comedy career, starting at her time at The Second City in Chicago. She then continues on, writing about what it was like writing episodes for SNL, what it was like to portray Sarah Palin, and what it’s like working with Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock. Although there is a lot of focus on her career, Fey also writes about topics that any woman can relate to. Throughout the book, Fey writes about the pressures of having a career while being married with a child and the pressures that women have regarding their physical appearance. Fey adds humor to every situation and it was a pleasure to read a well rounded account of her journey to where she is now.
Bossypants is written by Tina Fey and as I read the book, I could quite literally hear her voice in every chapter. I felt like her comedy came across the page well and there were times where I found myself laughing out loud. Although the majority of the book contains her memoir, Fey also includes a few pictures and a script from SNL. She didn’t talk about SNL or 30 Rock as much as I had expected and instead, she gave us more of a personal look at her life. Although I had expected her to talk more about her recent projects, I almost preferred learning more about the real Tina Fey.
Fey also describes the first time she met Amy Poehler and other comedians that she is famously acquainted with today. I really enjoyed reading about her flourishing friendships and to watch Fey, as well as Amy Poehler, act as a pioneer for women in comedy. Fey is never one to withhold compliments and she is very gracious in giving other comedians a massive amount of respect.
One thing that I did not expect was the advice that Fey peppers in throughout the book. With good humor, Fey discusses what is like to work in a male dominated workplace and how she handles the pressures of work, family life, and being a successful working woman. She kept all of the advice very light and uplifting and I found her journey to where she is today to be very inspiring. Fey showed the reader that she’s not perfect and provides advice from her experiences. Fey has a self deprecating sense of humor that makes it easy to relate to her and makes her advice more genuine.
Overall, I thought that this was a very funny book. It’s a very quick and easy read and if you are a fan of Tina Fey’s comedy, you will pleased to find it throughout the entirety of this book.