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by Matthew Naqvi (subscribe)
Matthew Naqvi is a freelance writer and filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @MatthewNaqvi
Published April 3rd 2013
Tina Fey delivers the goods (and a few shots) in her memoir
Bossypants by Tina Fey is a very funny and intriguing look into the life of one of the funniest women in the world. Fey is the creator and writer of the multiple Emmy Award winning series 30 Rock and was head writer of Saturday Night Live.


This memoir details her life growing up and all the awkwardness that comes with it. Fey talks about beauty tips in the chapter 'The Secrets of Mommy's Beauty'. Fey discusses the aspects of her minimal routine including her choose of hair treatment. 'Everyone knew Prell was the best shampoo because you could also use it to clean a frying pan.' (p. 94)

Fey is quite stinging of people who believe women can not be funny. These two examples summarise her outlook on the comedy scene, with just a little bit of tongue in cheek.
I took comfort knowing that Amy could carry the sketch if I stunk it up, because she's such a skilled and generous performer. I mean, she's no Kattan in a dress, but considering the Darwinian limitations on women in comedy, she does very well for herself.' (p. 187)

She also reminds the reader of just how much of a men's club comedy is. 'Only in comedy, by the way, does an obedient white girl from the suburbs count as diversity.' (p. 109) Fey continues to mention this throughout the book and reinforces her view that women can be as funny as men.

Let's make it clear though, this book isn't purely an opportunity for Fey to attack the comedy scene that exists. She also details her life as a mother and worker, her adolescent years where she couldn't find love and where her future may lie.

Bossypants is a breeze to read with an abundance of funny moments and lines, as well industry truths. matter of time before you grab it off the self for another read. This will keep you laughing from page one till the end. If you are a fan of Fey's television work, you should find this memoir very enjoyable.

Reagan Arthur Books

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Why? Funny and honest.
When: Out now.
Where: All good book stores.
Cost: $32.99
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