Monday, July 11, 2011

I Love Tina Fey - the post you knew was coming.

I can't help it - I'm in love.

I've been a fan of Tina Fey's since Weekend Update on SNL and I've loved her in 30 Rock, but now? Listening to her read her audiobook of Bossypants?  It's like the stars have aligned and I have found my soul mate.  [Please don't tell her and scare her off.  Thanks.]

She is brilliantly funny and very snarky and so. very. smart.  I love this woman.  I want us to be friends.

I want you all to read or listen to her read her book, so that we can talk about it and I won't seem like a complete lunatic for my NON-STOP yammering about how hilarious she is.

But she is!  Really!

Funny and insightful and a badass.

And one of the things I love best is when she talks about how, when she and Amy Poehler were on SNL, Amy Poehler did something funny, and Jimmy Fallon was pretending to get all offended and said, "Oh, stop it, I don't like it," and Amy Poehler turned on him and said, "I don't fucking care if you like it," and I thought YAY! Yes! THAT is how I want to live my life. 

I don't fucking care if you like it.

That is Tina Fey's advice for me.  For us all.

I think most of the regrets and angst I've had are when I try and fit myself into someone else's idea of me.  Someone else's opinion of how I should live or behave or act.  It stifles me and I feel compromised and ridiculous and it never works out.

This is not to say that I'm going to do something as disgusting as removing my shoe and rubbing my foot on the carpeting in a public place [seriously? DISGUSTING!] but it does mean that I need to trust myself and my instincts and my abilities more.  To just be myself and realize that people may like me or they may not like me, but it won't matter because I like me.

And now we have devolved into 1970s I'm O.k., You're O.k., and for that, I apologize.

Anyway, I can't stop recommending Bossypants, or Tina Fey in general.  30 Rock is one of the best things on t.v., which sounds like I'm damning it with faint praise, but I'm telling you it is GENIUS. Plus, Alec Baldwin? The sexiest of the Baldwins? Nice.  And LL Cool J was on it for an episode.  YUM. YUM.

Disclaimer:  I did watch Baby Mama last night [I AM NOT STALKING TINA FEY THROUGH MY ELECTRONIC DEVICES] and while I loved her, I was underwhelmed by the movie in general.  Then I realized that it was written and directed by a man, who I'm sure is lovely, but seriously? A singing scene?  A dancing montage?  How cliche.  All they needed was another montage of Tina Fey trying on sexy clothes, which they mercifully skipped and instead just showed the end result of her being sluttily dressed by Amy Poehler and it would have been an 80s cliche trifecta.  Still, my love for Tina Fey remains undimmed.

What do you  think? Is this getting out of control? Or is my love for Tina Fey pure and righteous? 


  1. Knowing you, I"d say it's more puppy loveish.

    Doesn't have the ardor of pure and righteous.

    i.e., doesn't hurt.

    But I do love 30rock.

  2. OMG - I just watched The Invention of Lying on the weekend and her cameo? Fucking hilarious! Loved it - love her.

    Plus, you can never go too far... unless you get a restraining order. In that case, I think you'd have succeeded; I'd frame that though.

  3. Love Tina Fey and am reading and snort-laughing my way through 'Bossy Pants'.

  4. I am with you! Here is the scenario for my perfect birthday party this summer: Girls sleepover w/ Tina and Amy (non-suxual/no pillow fights). How fun would that be?!

    I feel similarly about Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert. But I won't take pillow fights off the table for those two.

  5. I love Tina Fey hard. you can fight me for her.

    also: I like YOU!

  6. She truly is awesome, but I have to say I really thought Baby Mama was a snooze fest. Also I still adore Janeane Garofalo, even thought she seems to have been kidnapped and devoured by her flannel.

  7. I have to admit that while I find Tina Fey funny and smart...I also find her a bit...much. Sometimes. Only sometimes. Please don't hate me.

    In other news, I fully believe that we should all live by that Amy Poehler quote every single day of our lives.

  8. I love that you love Tina Fey. In fact, if you were to take the opposite stand and claim to hate her, I would have to un-follow you, un-subscribe to your blog, and maybe start a boycott. Seriously!

  9. Look, I have no right to call someone obsessed with a celebrity since in my mind I'm married to Bono.

    But I do love Tina Fey and OMG, 30 Rock and Alec Baldwin and Tracey Morgan and that hilarious page dude. Oh, oh, oh and the one where Tracey Morgan's wife had her own reality show. It is just my kind of madness.

    And you're right, it is especially important for those of us who march to our own drummer, to feel confident in our own skin. I am different therefore I am and I am awesomely cool.

  10. I love me some Tina. And I wish I could forward this entry to 20-year-old me as I spent most of my 20s pretending to be whatever I thought people wanted me to be. Now I just pretend to be a princess. Sooo... there's that.

  11. Baby Mama blew chunks, but your love is pure and righteous. I mean, it's Tina Fucking Fey! She and Amy are such female comedic role models. I can't even imagine what a guys club SNL is and how they rocked it with brainiac badassness.

    Okay, I might have to buy the audio of the book now.

  12. What Heath Robots said. And now I'm ditching my plans to be productive to walk to the library and see if "Bossypants" is available, which I'm sure it won't be, so I'll have to spend the rest of the day watching "30 Rock" on demand. And it annoys the hell out of me that I can't italicize or underline titles in comments appropriately.

  13. woah - i JUST got the audio book yesterday. umm, seems like you have another soul sister in the universe. cannot wait to start listening to it - TONIGHT!

  14. I wouldn't watch Baby Mama even for Tiny Fey. So I guess I love her a teeny bit less than you do.

  15. Read Bossypants, twice. Have seasons 1-4 of 30 Rock on DVD. Have even let my 2 sons, ages 9 and 8, watch episodes with me, probably inappropriately. Nothing funnier than hearing them repeat Tracy Morgan lines. "Meat is the new bread!" So I'm so with you.

  16. Thank you for sealing the deal that I must get Bossypants immediately! Love me some Tina!

  17. well that was an inspiring message about self acceptance peppered with a nice hint of fuckyouness. I dig that. YOU HEAR THAT, POPULAR GIRL AT THE GIRL GUIDE'S SLEEPOVER WHO TOLD ME I WAS WEIRD WHEN I WAS 9? I AM WEIRD, AND I LURV IT.

    wuv karen

    p.s. LL Cool J would be hotter if he could STOP. LICKING. HIS. LIPS all the freaking time. It's unnerving.

  18. Wait. I thought I was your soul mate? Maybe you just really dig chicks with glasses?
    You have very good taste. I'm sensing a breakthrough.

  19. I feel the same way about Jennifer Anniston. She IS my celebrity Crush. I think if I ever had the opportunity I would have to work very hard not to stalk her and beg her to be my friend, but she is just the coolest person I have ever seen in Hollywood. And so down to earth, doesn't take her self seriously, knows the score, and rose above that bitch troll heroine addict stealing her husband.

  20. You're totally justified in your love for Tina. But you've got competition (I've loved her since the genius of Mean Girls).

    She is awesome. Can we start some kind of "I don't care if you fucking like it" group? We can have a website and everything!

  21. I love Tina Fey too! Not as much as you clearly. But 30 Rock? Rocks my world.

    I need to get Bossypants.

  22. I'm sorry, but in my mind you are not loving on her ENOUGH. I'm now on the second reading of Bossypants and think Baby Mama is a fine piece of cinema, and I'm happy to yammer with you on the commune for days about Tina. In fact, I think she should be our patron saint. I am proud of my stalking and you should be, too (until the restraining order shows up, then we gotta go on the down low).

  23. I just finished this audiobook as well! And I loved it. In fact, after nearly crashing my car during "Prayer for my daughter," I had to go & find the excerpt to email it to my wife....hehehehe, "may she not lie with drummers."

    What really captured me about it is how astonished she is that she's a superduperstar. I mean, it seems that she's starstruck to be in the same room with her peers (and her girlcrush on Amy Poehler is palpable).

    I want my daughter to read this book (you know, after she's able to comprehend speech and the importance of situational profanity) just because there really is a "be talented, fuck the system" vibe that's all "girl power" without actually being "girl power"

  24. I will read her book based on your recommendation.

    You must watch Date Night. Her dance scene with Steve Carrell was HighL-lar-EE-ous.

    Plus, it had a SHIRTLESS Mark Wahlberg in it. And I much appreciated Tina's character's response.

  25. I have been trying so hard to find time/patinece/stay awake long enough to read Bossypants, I really want to...and now with this recommendation how I can push it off anymore. ;)


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