Published April 5, 2011 by Little Brown
Audio published by Hachette Audio & read by Tina Fey
277 pages | 5.5 hours
Rating: Loved It
Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both these dreams come true.
At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.
Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy. (Source: Goodreads)
This is not a memoir. It is a collection of stories that she wants to share. They aren’t even necessarily in chronological order, if I recall correctly. If you enjoyed Tina Fey on SNL or 30 Rock, you will enjoy this audiobook. Well heck if you are a woman, I think you’ll connect with her on some level. I think the audiobook is the way to go. Hearing about her life in her voice with inflection and feeling made it an enjoyable listen.
When she replays the first time she played Sarah Palin on SNL, I had to get off the treadmill and cross my legs so I wouldn’t pee on myself. I know the gym thought I was insane. Hearing her doing her best Minnesota and Amy Poehler doing Hillary Clinton…my soul needed this kind of laughter therapy. I appreciated when Tina shared about the time they both appeared on SNL together. She was worried about it appearing as an endorsement and also worried that the audience would “boo” the real Sarah Palin off the stage. I believe most operate in this sphere. We may disagree with someone, but wouldn’t ever want to openly subject them to ridicule.
I also was able to fist pump to her stories on motherhood. I experienced the exact same scenario that caused me to run away crying from the “teet nazis.” I am not less of a mother, dang it. We need to create our own cult We both have only children. I am constantly being harassed to have more, so when I die she won’t be alone.
Tales from a man’s world and trials of being a mom delivered wrapped in laughs in a way that only Tina Fey can.