Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey is funny and she's a feminist. It's a great combination. I really enjoyed listening to her narrate the audiobook edition of her memoir, Bossypants [Hachette: 5.5 hours]. In addition to the benefit of Fey's comedic talent in delivery, the audio version includes the inaugural Saturday Night Live nonpartisan sketch with Fey playing Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. Fey is always respectful, even of people she parodies -- including Palin. On the rare occasion that she has less-than-kind things to say about someone, she conceals his or her identity, for example by telling us the letters that spell this person's name are scattered throughout the chapter.

Liz Lemon at the NBC store in NYC
I've never watched Fey's creation, 30 Rock, but her praises of the comedy writers on staff there, as well as examples of some of their jokes, made me want to see a few episodes. My sweetie has the first five seasons on dvd; she thinks Fey is the funniest woman on the planet. Fey was the impetus behind a pilgrimage we made to 30 Rockefeller Plaza and the NBC store when we were in New York earlier this year.

Fey not only writes about her career (and working with men who pee in jars because they are too lazy to walk down the hall to the toilet) but also covers some of her childhood experiences, her parents, her (disastrous) honeymoon and motherhood. Recommended to anyone who enjoys a feel-good story from a woman's viewpoint.

4 comments:

Claire at Latitude said...

What on earth is she DOING in that photo? Abseiling with the assistance of a giant video cassette?

Lindy said...

I think that's a tv screen showing NBC programming behind Liz. And yes, she is abseiling, but I can't tell you why. I haven't yet watched 30 Rock.

alexis said...

I found this to be both funny and inspirational. I also listened to the audio book. I had perfect timing, because I took it out of the library, then proceeded to get really sick. So I spent several hours of my sickness listening to this tape. It was great, except when I started laughing out loud and made myself cough :)

Lindy said...

Alexis, they say laughter is the best medicine...