Sunday, 22 May 2011

Reading Room: May

If you ever watched Saturday Night Live (SNL) you will know Tina Fey as the hilarious anchor of the Weekend Update (2000-2006), fast forward a couple of years and she has become the creator of one of the funniest and most successful shows on television. 30 Rock has acquired a cult following and earned itself many prestigious awards including the Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Comedy Series. 

Bossypants is a hilarious memoir style read where the author takes us through her experiences in standup and her progression into television, she spares herself at no expense, seeing humour in every aspect of life. As a mother she shares her personal take on the truth of parenting and as a woman objectively analyzes her ups and downs. This is a great read not only for those recently familiar with Fey's work but for all of those interested in modern comedy. I saw this book among gift ideas for father's day in the bookstore, but this book knows no gender. Both males and females will find it equally entertaining. This is a perfect summer read, it is light, perceptive and definitely worth a laugh or two.

Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2011: Tina Fey’s new book Bossypants is short, messy, and impossibly funny (an apt description of the comedian herself). From her humble roots growing up in Pennsylvania to her days doing amateur improv in Chicago to her early sketches on Saturday Night Live, Fey gives us a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of modern comedy with equal doses of wit, candor, and self-deprecation. Some of the funniest chapters feature the differences between male and female comedy writers ("men urinate in cups"), her cruise ship honeymoon ("it’s very Poseidon Adventure"), and advice about breastfeeding ("I had an obligation to my child to pretend to try"). But the chaos of Fey’s life is best detailed when she’s dividing her efforts equally between rehearsing her Sarah Palin impression, trying to get Oprah to appear on 30 Rock, and planning her daughter’s Peter Pan-themed birthday. Bossypants gets to the heart of why Tina Fey remains universally adored: she embodies the hectic, too-many-things-to-juggle lifestyle we all have, but instead of complaining about it, she can just laugh it off. --Kevin Nguyen

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