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Tina Fey’s Bossypants

February 2, 2012

Andrew and I recently went to New York City to see a taping of the Colbert Report, which was just about the coolest thing ever. We had such an awesome time, not only seeing the taping, but also just hanging around in the city. We drove down and that gave us plenty of time to listen to Tina Fey’s Bossypants audiobook.

Tina Fey reads the book, but I guess it would be totally weird if she didn’t. So, that makes sense. Anyway… She does a great job, because she’s funny and entertaining and really brings the stories to life. The anecdotes of her childhood are the funniest. Whether discussing her gay boyfriends at drama camp or a mountain climbing adventure gone wrong, she’s hilarious. When she begins working at Second City in Chicago, it’s interesting the hear the ins-and-outs of working in comedy and learn the behind-the-scenes tips and tricks of improv. She tells of traveling in a van, doing improv shows in cities all over the country. I actually pictured Tina Fey in a van like the mom in Home Alone, riding along with John Candy’s polka band. That cracks me up just thinking about it.

When Tina eventually makes it to SNL and 30 Rock, I all the sudden felt I was listening to a book designed for woman in management or to a commencement speaker at a women’s college lively graduation ceremony. It was kind of weird. It was still funny at times, but it was more like funny advice or something and not just funny for funny sake. And there was a lot of random naming of all the cool people she’s worked with and sometimes the names and names and names just made me feel like she was well, I guess name dropping would be the most accurate description. And I didn’t love that. But, I did really like listening to the book and it was hugely entertaining during the endless state of Connecticut. Now I have to go watch an episode of 30 Rock – I have a lot of catching up to do.

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