I’m trying out a new succinct format of writing from now and just a heads up: my site will be getting a makeover! For now, let me share the good, the bad and the interesting of Tina Fey’s autobiography, Bossypants.
Judging from Ms Fey’s track record with Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and possibly the best chick-flick screenplay of all time (see Mean Girls) , I’m sure it comes to no surprise that this book is similarly brings abdominal-pain-inducing laughter. And amongst all the hilarity, lies several nuggets of wisdom making the book a thoroughly enjoyable and easy read.
The book is quite heavily intertwined with her own work and reading some parts of it without familiarity with 30 Rock, particularly, will seem irrelevant and boring. Thankfully, watching 30 Rock is no chore by any means, and watching it will most certainly not be a waste of your time, let me assure you. It does feature quite a bit of M-rated language for those of you who are concerned about it but is not at all, a major part of the writing style.
Having never watched SNL, this book exposed me to a whole new side of comedy. I had always thought that comedy was simply to entertain and naively, to make people happy. This book opened my eyes the knowledge that comedy can be used to subtly used to manipulate peoples’ opinions and perspectives. If you’re still not sure as to how this works, learn it from the master herself:
You all watched a sketch about feminism and you didn’t even realize it because of all the jokes. It’s like when Jessica Seinfeld puts spinach in kids’ brownies. Suckers!
Note: Do not be deterred by the strange/weird/creepy cover. It is only a testament to Tina Fey’s quirky awesome-ness.