Saturday, September 3, 2011
I can't say I've been a particular fan of Tina Fey in the past, but I am after reading this memoir. I read this one while we were on a cruise ship in Alaska, and I swear my husband got sick of me sitting on my deck chair or in our room, randomly exploding in laughter over and over again. It was probably one of the funniest books I've ever read, possibly excluding Ellen DeGeneres's books, which are funny in a completely different way.
When we got home, I started watching 30 Rock for the first time, just to see some of the scenes she references in the book. I enjoyed the show, particularly the relationship between Liz and Jack. I also went back and watched the Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday shows from the 2008 election season when Tina Fey played Sarah Palin, which is also referenced in the book. But I'm not here to talk about television.
Synopsis: I could keep this very short and just say, "Tina Fey talks about her life in a humorous way." But that would be a little unfair. Among other things, Tina writes about: how she found out what it means to be a woman, including a list of how many things can be wrong with your body; passing out in Planned Parenthood; falling in love with gay men at theater camp; her horror of a honeymoon; and bombing on stage at Second City, all the way up to her current life as a mother and producer/writer/actor for 30 Rock. This all sounds a bit dry and strictly autobiographical, but trust me, the way she writes it, it's hysterical. Here's one of the lines I laughed out loud to:
"People often ask me about the difference between male and female comedians. Do men and women find different things funny?... Here's the truth. There is an actual difference between male and female comedy writers, and I'm going to reveal it now. The men urinate in cups. And sometimes jars."
Review: It's funny. Read it.