I like Saturday Night Live.
Ok. That is not really an accurate statement.
I really really love SNL and if you play against me in the SNL Trivial Pursuit, I will hand you your booty on a platter. And I won’t be a good sport about it.
Out of all of the glorious female cast members over the past 35 years, Tina Fey is one of my favorites. I think it’s because she started out as a writer. She was only cast to do the news with Jimmy Fallon. She was head writer. She was brought back after she left to play Sarah Palin. She…well, she is weird and awkward and hilarious and I want her confidence.
I had put off reading Bossypants because…well, I have no idea other than I didn’t want to buy the hard cover version, but I also didn’t want it for my Nook. I wanted to own it. So when I found the tiny paperback version for like $4.99, I was on it.
I mean, I love the way she acts too because she just doesn’t care. That is the best actor. The one who will look like a total fool and just go with it.
But I love her writing.
She is funny, yo. Her sketches on SNL are killer, and reading her words about her own life? So awesome.
She writes about her life the way I wish I could. I could hear her voice as I read the book. I pictured her mannerisms as she delivered stories about her dad, about Lorne Michaels, about working for Second City, about having a child.
The book is set up almost as little vignettes. No, not vignettes, but each chapter is a separate story about her life and she usually has a point to it. Some bigger life lesson. I know, that sounds “after school special” to say, but there really are lessons she has learned looking back that she is giving to the reader. She doesn’t choose stories that have not changed her in some way.
She begins, well, at the beginning. She tells the readers a snippet about her family, but not too much. She doesn’t over share stories that are not her stories to tell. She focuses on all the awkward that is the teen years and even into college. About being the smart brunette during a decade that celebrated the flighty blondes.
Her views about feminism and the glass ceiling are serious ones, but she delivers these hugely serious–IMPORTANT–points with hilarious stories and personal anecdotes. I think my favorite chapter on being a woman was “Amazing, Gorgeous, Not Like That” where she gives the readers lessons and tips for how to survive a photoshoot. She tells about all the uncomfortable things like not fitting into the sample sizes and feeling not really worthy to be there. But she also doesn’t hide that it’s actually fun (free coffee and getting pampered). She talks about loving Photoshop and that feminists to the best Photoshop because “they leave meat on your bones”.
I also love how she loved on the people she worked with over the years, especially her BFF and partner in crime from the days of Second City, Amy Poehler. I admit to loving the name dropping.
I love how she talks about her daughter and her husband. I love that she shares her doubts as to whether she wants another baby…or if she could even do it with how much other responsibility she has in her life.
She is so honest and funny.
And I think I just went all fan girl on her.
Who are your favorite celebrities and would/have you read their book?