Tina Fey has never really been on my radar screen. I knew she worked at The Second City, was a writer and then actor on Saturday Night Live, and was voted AP’s Entertainer of the Year for her spoof of Sarah Palin during the 2008 Presidential Election. Beyond that I hadn’t given her much thought. In March, I was in New York City and saw Fey outside of Rockefeller Center as she was planning a 30 Rock episode. Although I attempted to stop and gawk, the efficient NBC security folks made sure I moved along. After this I was curious about Tina Fey so a couple weeks ago I streamed my first 30 Rock episode. Well … what can I say … I’m hooked!
Just before streaming 30 Rock, my hold for Bossypants came in. I don’t usually read or listen to Nonfiction but my curiosity got the best of me. Bossypants was a lot of fun and gave good insight into someone who has broken many barriers, learned to work effectively in a male-dominated profession, juggles many responsibilities as a working mom, and, despite the chaos, kept her sense of humor. Basically Fey’s thesis is that you are no one until someone calls you, “bossy.”
In the book Fey recalls her years at The Second City, her conservative father’s influence, working with Lorne Michaels, and the drama that led up to her daughter’s third birthday party (and overshadowed the excitement of Oprah appearing on 30 Rock and Fey doing the Palin spoof on SNL – all three events happening within a three-day period). Fey narrates the book on disc and that made the recording personal and funny.
After listening to Bossypants, I’m curious about Tina Fey and her past work. The Library has a number of Tina Fey DVDs so I put a hold on Date Night and made a note to check out Baby Mama. Oh … and there’s many more 30 Rock episodes! ~Enjoy~