Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Not only is this a "grown-up" book, it's timely. At my business dinner last night, two of the other four people present had also just read (and loved) this book.
If you know and like Tina Fey, this is more of her good stuff. It's a memoir, but geared toward her status as a rare woman in charge of comedy. She was the first female writer on Saturday Night Live, and during her tenure there women began to get more attention and parts (because of her). Now at 30 Rock, she runs the show (literally), and also spent some time moonlighting at SNL (playing Sarah Palin). She's not a magician, and she's not a monolith: she gives most of the credit to people who gave her opportunities (Lorne Michaels), helped her out (Alec Baldwin), or otherwise supported her with friendship and camaraderie (Amy Poehler).
It's clear that while she is quick to point out her imperfections, Tina Fey has her own talents, most notably a brand of humor different from other comedy writers. If you watch 30 Rock, you get a sense of her style, but it really comes through in her 30 Rock Ask Tina clips (Google it). Her improv background shines through with witty quips perfectly delivered. This is what her book was like. So, good.