Jessica Wallace: Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω
Tina Fey is a big bossypants – and she’s not afraid to admit it. This term represents the humour in her success, and is also the title of her memoir.
After writing for Saturday Night Live (SNL) for three years she was given the opportunity to star as an anchor on the show’s hit segment Weekend Update.
Six years later, she again needed a change, or as she put it, she was stuck in high school without anyone telling her when to graduate.
She graduated into the NBC sitcom 30 Rock where she has found success since 2007 as, not only the star of the show, but also as executive producer and head writer.
Though she is humble about it’s following, the show has picked up many awards such as Golden Globes, Emmys and Screen Actor’s Guild Awards.
As Fey recounts some steps in her success, she both addresses equality while providing the humorous, entertaining read you would expect from an SNL writer.
She uses comedy to hook the reader in, but she is sending out a bigger message.
After reading the memoir, you simply can’t say, “it was a funny book.”
It was funny, but it was also meaningful.
She addresses issues of equality in both women and gays and experiences she has faced.
Her carefree attitude about her appearance and advice on beauty are both entertaining and inspiring.
She makes you want to let your hair grow out to its natural, mousy colour – almost.
Her authenticity would be perfect as a teenage role model.
If someone like Fey were as popular as the Kardashians, the world would actually be a different place.
Seriousness aside, her book will cause you to laugh out loud while reading it.
She doesn’t disappoint, describing some of the inside workings of SNL – including unfortunate visuals of many of the male writers peeing in cups.
She describes her SNL interview with Lorne Michaels before she was famous, meeting Sarah Palin after impersonating her on SNL and what it’s like to do a magazine photo shoot.
A chapter dedicated to people who made negative comments about her on the Internet is hilarious. She takes the opportunity to sarcastically consider their feedback with a little feedback of her own.
Her deepest and most recent battle is for a manageable work-life balance.
The book lingers with a question that Fey hates being asked.
“How do you juggle it all?”
She hates it not only because of the condescending tone, but mainly because no man would ever be asked it.
Word to the man – Fey is juggling it all.
Bossypants will make you want to buy the hard cover out of guilt after downloading a free copy of the audiobook.