April 21, 2021

Tina Fey: Just call her “Bossypants”

I found myself laughing out loud on the bus while reading a trade paperback. The woman next to me wanted to know what book was causing such mirth. “Bossypants,” I replied, Tina Fey’s memoir of her family, her time at Chicago comedy mecca Second City, “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.” Especially intriguing is her tale of becoming the celebrity look-alike for VP candidate Sarah Palin. Fey has a hilarious way with words that literally makes any story more amusing.

She does manage to weave in some seriousness as she writes of the uphill battle that women have had in both stage and TV comedy. Tina Fey, Amy Pohler and Kristen Wiig have definitely defied the long held opinion that women just aren’t as funny as men or that women can’t head a comedy project. Imagine the hilarity of the recorded book version of “Bossy Pants” read by Tina Fey. It would have to have a label with “Due to possible laughing jags, not to be listened to while operating heavy machinery.”

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