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Tina Fey and I were born the same year. We both promote the benefits of the "yes, and" improv sensibilities.
And with that, the similarities end. Still, I did learn a great deal about Saturday Night Life, 30 Rock, and her creative process.
For fans of comedy, entertainment, or great stories of growing up as a member of Generation X, this is the book for you.
Audio books that are narrated by the author are usually at the top of my list. Audio books that written by Tina Fey and narrated by Tina Fey are in a league all of their own. This audio book had me laughing so hard that there was one time I actually had to pull my car over because I was laughing so hard I started to cry. The one big question that was never answered, and probably never will be is...how did Tina get that scar on her face??
Hilarious and savagely upbeat!
I read this book years ago and i still remember the YMCA story very funny book.
This book is hard to put down. This book is relatable and filled with humor. Definitely worth the read!
So funny and even better with the audio book cause she's reading her own writing, and darn good writing it is, too. Audio books help motivate me to walk. This was LOL funny, so I've just been walking it though and, wow, that was some fast walking and the quickest I've gotten through a book in ages. I'd be LingOL and folks walking by would smile quizzically... I was always happy to share the reason for my LOL. That kind of laffing is just good medicine and I thank you, Tina Fey!
I wished this book was longer. Not really a biography, it is just some essays about various parts of her life and on a wide range of topics. I really enjoyed her writing and I hope she writes another book. I wouldn’t decribe myself as a fan of her work (I’ve never sat through an episode of 30 Rock, for example), but I admire Tina Fey all the same – she is a force for good in the world. (submitted by JF)
Okay read but lacked any page-turning moments that kept continuously interested. It was more of a story about someone who's just had it really lucky, but tries to make life seem harder because they're a bit awkward.
Although "Bossypants" by Tina Fey is dated by a few years now, it still reads fresh, witty, and relevant. She truly encapsulates her comedy chops here in written form. Which takes a good bit of effort, I imagine, for a lady with her roots planted in improv. She takes the reader through many windows into her life and career, such as her childhood, years at The Groundlings Theatre & School, Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Pick this up if you haven't yet. It's a fantastic read.
Tina Fey truly is one of the funniest comedians out there and her book only helps to cement that notion.
Tina Fey's years of experience in comedy writing and acting shine through in this audiobook, which she wrote and reads aloud. Tina tells hilarious stories about her childhood, college years, discovering improv, dating, and her comedy career on SNL and beyond. Her signature deadpan and witty humor will leave you in stitches. She feels like an old friend by the last chapter.
Starts out strong, but story line is disjointed after the middle, and hard to follow through the rest of the book. Definitely not a thrilling read, but if you are interested in Tina's methodology for improv, and her feelings on portraying Palin, then you will find the book somewhat satisfying.
I felt like I needed just some good, quality entertainment so I picked up Tina Fey's book from the library. As I expected, it made me chuckle. She doesn't take herself too seriously and seems truly grateful for the life she is currently living. Although I've never watched 30Rock, I have always loved Saturday Night Live and hearing about some of the behind the scenes make me smile (those comedians/ actors are pretty amazeballs and I am always in awe of their talent). For what it was, I think it served its purpose - it definitely kept me entertained. I would give it a 7 out of 10.
The book was all over the place, was pointless and at times sophomoric. I kept thinking, really she was a top writer at SNL...? I love her in many of her films, but as a writer, not so. She name drops, even though she says she won't mention any names, and trash talks about some celebrities. I guess, Tina Fey is milking her fame for what it's worth, but this book is not a great, nor good read. Disappointing indeed!
Hilarious and candid stories from the SNL and 30 Rock star. A great read for fans of Fey's work or any aspiring TV or comedy writers.
I quite enjoyed this audiobook. Tina Fey is a very humorous reader and I caught myself a few times chuckling on the bus. She talks about her career development from working the front desk as a YMCA to doing Sarah Palin impressions on SNL. It's a fun listen with interesting and funny commentary on being a female comic.
Its always good to know that even famous people still feel awkward in some situations. A really relatable book that makes readers feel more comfortable about their own awkward lives.
Frankly, I found the book disappointing. Tina reminded me of the late Bob Hope, who was always "on", cracking jokes, and rarely serious. Sections of the book had some vulgarity, which I found beneath her. The chapter about her father was very moving, though. It's a pity that the rest of the book could not have been written in a similar vein.
review: Very good and funny book. Whether or not you've heard of Tina Fey if you enjoy comedy you'll enjoy the funny side comments she adds while talking about her life. Their is something for everyone in this book, if you are a teenager struggling to make friends or someone who is, their interested in show business she's got you covered. I recommend it for kids thirteen or older, in my opinion it would have a bigger impact on them.
Classic Tina Fey - witty and self-deprecating. She provides a great reminder to all of us: don't take yourself too seriously. Go with the audiobook since she narrates it herself.