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Fey broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group The Second City. She then joined SNL as a writer, later becoming head writer and a performer, known for her position as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment. In 2004, she co-starred in and wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls, which was adapted from the 2002 self-help book Queen Bees and Wannabes. After leaving SNL in 2006, she created the television series 30 Rock for Broadway Video, a situation comedy loosely based on her experiences at SNL. In the series, Fey portrays the head writer of a fictional sketch comedy series. In 2008, she starred in the comedy film Baby Mama, alongside former SNL co-star Amy Poehler. Fey next appeared in the 2010 comedy film Date Night and the animated film Megamind. In 2015, she created and produced the television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for NBC before it was eventually picked up by Netflix. She also starred in the 2016 film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Fey has received nine Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards. Her autobiography Bossypants topped the New York Times best seller list for five weeks. Janet Maslin of the New York Times reviewed the book saying that "Bossypants isn't a memoir. It's a spiky blend of humor, introspection, critical thinking, and Nora Ephron-isms for a new generation."
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By Ray Johnson on 02-10-18
A brief accounting of Fey's life.
I want to be clear, this is NOT a full length biography that runs on for pages and pages; instead it is a concise accounting of Fey's life. It details her background, family life, her time in school, Second City, SNL, and her life up to and after 30 Rock. It does not dwell on any particular time period too long. It provides a thumbprint in each area of her life, and allows you to see how she transformed from a gawky kid into the confident woman she is today.
This is not a bad thing. Fey's own autobiography probably has more punchlines than it provides information on the substance of her life. This is a great audio to let you know more about Fey in a short period of time. This means it is good for a jaunty car ride, trip on a train, or even a half hour walk around town. I've read a lot of comedian's biographies, and this provides a great bare bone set of details.
It would also be great if you were a student writing a paper, as it is chock full of facts, and does run up to the present day. It leaves nothing out , and even includes her thoughts on motherhood to her philanthropic works.
The narration is paced well, and is delivered matter of factly, it does not try to provide you with a set up and punch line followed by a rim shot. It states interesting facts about Fey's life, and does so in a way that keeps your attention. The only thing I fault the story for is that I think there might be a few spaces where some more details could have been provided. That, however is nitpicking.
If you enjoy biographies or Fey you will be happy you picked up this book.
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By Emily on 04-17-18
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I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Very brief but interesting biography of Tina Fey, mainly focused on college and her career.
It had pretty pleasant narration, and it was really clear.