Thursday, February 09, 2012

Bossypants by Tina Fey: Book Review

Publisher: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (January 3, 2012)
Pages: 304

Tina Fey delivers a comic memoir that is hilarious from start to finish.

We travel back through time with her as she shares what it was like growing up in Pennsylvania, going to college, what it was like to live in Chicago, and of course, life in New York.

Fey writes comically about her cruise ship honeymoon and how nobody even recognized her even though she had been on Weekend Update for two years. We get a take for what it is like to either write or act on Saturday Night Live. The late nights, the rewrites, etc.

We find out what actually led Fey to appear on SNL as Sarah Palin. I remember those episodes. Apparently, it was the same weekend that Oprah was shooting scenes for 30 Rock and they were also throwing a birthday party for Alice. Talk about a big weekend for Fey!

Or whether it was her first job in Chicago working at a YMCA and being so happy to be hired by the Second City National Touring Company and never looking back.

Fey writes about 30 Rock and how NBC paid her to just think of ideas. Before the rewrites, she wrote Alec Baldwin as a conservative Republican. Think about it. Playing against type is what got Baldwin all these Emmy victories! Having Lorne Michaels producing the show is what mainly led Baldwin to play Jack Donaghy.

All in all, it's a fun read and I recommend Bossypants without reservation.

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