In my opinion, biographies are the best possible option for audiobooks. This may come from my love of talk radio and podcasts or perhaps audio interviews in general but hearing the author talk about his/her life can be very satisfying. It can lend a quality that cannot be experienced while reading the physical book. In Tina Fey’s Bossypants
, those qualities are Fey’s impressions, which are often hilarious (listen for Fey’s Alec Baldwin) as well as her natural skill for storytelling and sarcasm.
Her stories about growing up as the lucky daughter of the always stylish Don Fey, made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Her adventures in dating are both entertaining and sad at the same time. I can’t believe someone as awesome as Tina Fey ever had a hard time attracting the opposite sex.
Her opinions on sexism in the media are pretty spot on and easy to sympathize with (not that she’s looking for it). She succeeded in an industry that has an extra amount of pressure on her just for being a woman. From her days struggling to get noticed in the Second City to her feelings about a particular sketch in which fellow cast mate Amy Poheler was passed over in favor of Chris Khattan in a dress, Tina argues passionately for feminism. However, it’s not to the point of where it ever becomes overbearing. Fey has this undeniable charm and is equipped with razor sharp wit that makes everything she talks about entertaining.
A particular favorite chapter of mine is when she “answers” comments written by anonymous users on message boards and online articles. Fey cuts them to shreds – trust me, it’s awesome.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I can’t really say why exactly. I always enjoyed Fey on Weekend Update, I loved Baby Mama and I’m a big fan of 30 Rock. Those statements alone predispose me to love the book but I was a little hesitant regardless. I think this is one of the better biographies written by someone in comedy and I highly recommend it.