Bossypants

Tina Fey

Back Cover

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. TINA FEY is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.


Praise for Tina Fey

"You'd be really pretty if you lost weight." - College Boyfriend, 1990


"Tina Fey is an ugly, pear-shaped, overrated troll." - The Internet


"Mommy, where are my pretzels?" - Tracy Morgan


Advance Praise for Bossypants

"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales." - Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey


"Absolutely delicious!" - A Guy Who Eats Books


"Totally worth it." - Trees


"Do not print this glowing recommendation of Tina Fey's book until I've been dead a hundred years." - Mark Twain


"Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny-oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!" - A Guy Turning into a Werewolf

The Life of Tina Fey

  • Unexpected baby
  • Kindergarten accident
  • Terrifying father
  • Job at Summer Showtime
  • Robert Wuhl
  • The move to the big city (or YMCA)
  • The Second City
  • Honeymoon
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Amy Poehler
  • 30 Rock
  • Sarah Palin
  • Baby time

Triumph

Tina Fey had a rough childhood and didn't make very many friends until she was in high school (don't forget that she also got slashed in an alley as a child). These friends also happened to be gay and turned her into the sarcastic person she is today. When Fey joined the Saturday Night Live crew, she was not taken very seriously because she was a woman. With the help of Amy Poehler and other female writers/actors, women began to become more accepted and taken seriously.

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My Favorite Part

In chapter four of Bossypants, Tina Fey introduces her eleventh-grade boyfriend. He convinced Tina to work at the box office of the theater he performed at because it would be "fun." Not long after, he broke up with Tina for a blonde dancer that was also in the show, whom he later married. Tina's response was that she was not very surprised since he had gotten her microwavable popcorn and a battery charger for her birthday. Perhaps it's rude of me to find this funny because she had gotten her heart broken and had to work at that ticket booth for the rest of the summer, but I think she turned out fine. The theater is where she met all of her friends, so maybe it was for the best.

My Least Favorite Part

I enjoyed this book the entire time I was reading it, so it is very hard for me to pick a least favorite part. If I had to pick one I would probably choose the chapter where she talks about her TV show, 30 Rock. I'm not saying this chapter was awful, it was just less fun to read than the others. She basically just talks about how surprised she was that the show wasn't a total failure. I personally have watched maybe two of the episodes and it was funny, but I can also see why it didn't exactly take off (not that she was expecting it too). The jokes she made in the chapter made it worth reading, so I'd read it again if I had to.

An Important Part

In one of her first chapters, Fey explains how she got her scar on her face. (I don't know if I'm the only one, but I never noticed.) Towards the end of kindergarten, a stranger in the alley behind her house slashed her in the face. Everyone she came in contact with seemed to ask her about her scar. She hated the people that called her beautiful for it. But she did love the attention. People treated her nicer because of the incident and everyone seemed to know who she was. Tina describes her scar, " What should have shut me down and made me feel 'less than' ended up giving me an inflated sense of self" (9). I think it's pretty motivating that she turned something terrible into something positive.
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Dear Internet

Posted by Sonya in TX on 4/7/2010, 4:33 P.M.

"When is Tina going to do something about that hideous scar across her cheek??"


Dear Sonya in TX,

Greetings, Texan friend! (I'm assuming the "TX" in your screen name stands for Texas and not some rare chromosomal deficiency you have. Hope I'm right about that!)

First of all, my apologies for the delayed response. I was unaware you had written until I went on tmz.com to watch some of their amazing footage of people in L.A. leaving restaurants and I stumbled upon your question.

I'm sure if you and I compare schedules we could find a time to get together and do something about this scar of mine. But the trickier question is What am I going to do? I would love to get your advice, actually. I'm assuming you're a physician, because you seem really knowledgeable about how the human body works. What do you think I should do about this hideous scar? I guess I could wear a bag on my head, but do I go with linen like the Elephant Man or a simple brown paper like the Unknown Comic? Too many choices, help!

Thank you for your time. You are a credit to Texas and Viking women both.


Yours,

Tina


P.S. Great use of double question marks, by the way. It makes you seem young.

Posted by Centaurious on Monday, 9/21/2009, 2:08 A.M.

"Tina Fey is an ugly, pear-shaped, bitchy, overrated troll."


Dear Centaurious,

First let me say how inspiring it is that you have learned to use a computer.

I hate for our correspondence to be confrontational, but you have offended me deeply. To say I'm an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair. I'll leave it for others to say if I'm the best, but I am certainly one of the most dedicated trolls guarding bridges today. I always ask three questions, at least two of which are riddles.

As for "ugly, pear-shaped, and bitchy"? I prefer the terms "off-beat, business class-assed, and exhausted," but I'll take what I can get. There's no such thing as bad press!

Now go to bed, you crazy night owl! You have to be at NASA early in the morning. So they can look for your penis with the Hubble telescope.


Affectionately,

Tina

Lip Flip with Tina Fey