As a big fan of 30 Rock and the Fey/Poehler years of SNL’s Weekend Update, I knew I had to read Tina Fey’s new memoir/collection of essays, Bossypants. In it, Fey covers the gamut of everything from her childhood as a theater kid in Pennsylvania, to her years spent as one of few women touring with The Second City, ending finally with her current gig as creator/writer/star of NBC’s hilarious 30 Rock. Quintessentially Tina Fey, this memoir is a treat for fans of the comedian and her work.
Bossypants is by no means a traditional memoir. And for me, that is what made it such fun to read. I enjoyed learning about the author’s formative years and her rise from Second City bit player to prime time comedy bigwig, but it was content like the “Secrets of Mommy’s Beauty”, “Dear Internet” and “The Mother’s Prayer for its Daughter” that had me laughing out loud.
While Bossypants is undoubtedly a funny book, Fey doesn’t shy away from commenting on the male-dominated politics of the profession she excels in. She understands that, unfair as it is, her success is the exception to the rule, and aspires to create an environment around her own show that undermines that unfortunate truth. While she admittedly doesn’t have all the answers, she articulates well a frustration that any woman trying to succeed in the politics of the “boys’ club” can relate with.
I am happy to report that Tina Fey’s Bossypants was the treat I thought it would be. Highly recommended to 30 Rock fans in need of a fix before Thursday!