Before you read this, I need you to know that I’m a Tina Fey groupie. When I first heard that she has a book coming out I was beside myself with excitement which quickly turned to worry because what if the book isn’t funny?
Well, I read the book and fangirlness aside, I am happy to report that Bossypants is funny, heartfelt, hilarious and smart. I read it in two days when I could’ve easily finished it one sitting because I didn’t want it to end. I was live tweeting the book though (and posted pics of the book where she mentioned Pinoys on a cruise ship woohoo!) basically telling my friends that Bossypants brings it.
Bossypants is a collection of anecdotes on Fey’s life written in her trademark self-deprecating and dry demeanor. In the book she writes about how she came to write for SNL because the show was looking for diversity “Only in Comedy, by the way, does an obedient white girl from the suburbs count as diversity” and how she came to hire her own writers for SNL, which is a mix of Harvard boys (hello Conan O’ Brien!) and improv actors turned writers. Writing about the difference between men and women comedy writers Fey says “The men urinate in cups” (there is a 30Rock episode about this too!)
Tina Fey belonged to that SNL batch where the actresses really shone (hello, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Anna Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph) but I noticed her first in Weekend Update. She co-anchored that segment with Jimmy Fallon and as much of an eye-candy Fallon is, Fey held her own and was so much more funnier than Jimmy.
In between chapters of how she got her start at comedy to where she is now (where she’s in charge of 30 Rock and around 200 people) are chapters about her family, her daughter, her bad ass father and her husband. In between her stories about fashion shoots, which she says is the FUNNEST, to wiping poop off her daughter’s back you get a sense of who Fey is without her giving everything away with the requisite embarrassing pictures. Oh and she does devote a chapter to her Palin impersonation and her shoot with Oprah for a 30 Rock episode. It all happened in a weekend mind you and she was also planning her daughter’s 3rd birthday while all that was happening. Overachiever !! What can you not do Ms. Fey? (well she answers that also in the book – she can’t cook meat).
The book is peppered with hilarious quotes like Amy Poehler’s response to Jimmy Fallon when Poehler made a crass joke “I don’t care if you f*ckin like it!” (Fallon told Poehler that the joke was not “ladylike”). It’s the hardcore version of “Dance as if no one’s watching.” Here’s one by Oprah “If Oprah Winfrey is telling you that you might be overextending yourself, you need to examine your life.”
Fey’s hilarious observations point to one thing: pretty ain’t as important as funny. Fey is not just a pretty brunette in a man’s world— she is at the top because she’s smart and professional. Although she has yet to fully accept the pretty, she is unapologetic when it comes to her skills and her IQ and that is why I love me some Fey.
And that is why I want you to have some of the Fey as well. Together with the blog’s awesome sponsor Powerbooks, we are giving away a copy of Bossypants (whom I was told is now hard to find).
***EDIT: CLARIFIED THE MECHANICS ***
To win the book, you need to be able to do three things:
1) Share in the comments section a funny incident that taught you a really big life lesson
2) If you do win, be able to pick up the book at Powerbooks Trinoma –no ifs and buts
3) Allow the staff to take a pic of you getting the prize or why not take a pic yourself?
The contest will be open from May 16 to May 28.
Bossypants is available at all Powerbooks Stores for Php 1,189! Thanks so much to Powerbooks for sponsoring the giveaway!