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Funny Reads: Ellen DeGeneres & Tina Fey Success Stories

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Reading Ellen DeGerenes' Seriously…I'm Kidding and Tina Fey's Bossypants is much like trying to recount a funny story to your friends when you can't get your words out because you're laughing so hard. So when your pals ask how these books are, I can almost guarantee you'll instantly flash to a hilarious passage and this instance will happen over, and over again.

If you're not sure that breaking into hysterics over practically every sentence is something you'd enjoy in a book, take a look at my highlights—and let me tell you, it was not easy to choose!

Seriously…I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen's third book release in 2011 of Seriously…I'm Kidding can be described as scattered, but only in the best sense of the word possible. That's because beloved comedian Ellen DeGeneres touches on everything from not knowing the difference between a sweet potato and a yam to guiding the reader through a distracted meditation session.

In the first chapter, she not surprisingly jokes about how she got this book deal:

    Over the last year or so since I decided to write this book, people have been asking me how I have the time and why I chose to write it. The truth is, last June I was driving through a tunnel while I was on the phone with my agent and my cell service was spotty. I said, 'I just got a great IKEA table for my breakfast nook.' My agent thought I said, 'I've got a great idea for my newest book.' By the time we figured out our hilarious misunderstanding I had signed a whole bunch of papers (who has time to read all those words?!) and I was under contract to write a book.

She continues on to offer expert advice to aspiring models:

     I've believed that true beauty is not related to what color your hair is or what color your eyes are. True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass. And then in 2008 I was finally able to throw all that hogwash out the window because I was named the new face of CoverGirl cosmetics! Take a bite out of that, world! Check out these cheekbones! I'm a beauty queen!

   Tips for a supermodel: The Breeze…carry a giant oscillating fan with you at all times. No exceptions.

 Ellen even tries her wit at short story writing too:

     It was a dark and stormy night. The streets were empty. They seemed sad almost and hollow. The wind was howling and the rain was pouring down upon the rooftop so loud that Papa could barely hear the sound of his teakettle. Eventually, the storm passed and normal activity resumed.

Want to live each day like it's your last? Ellen's counsel can help you:

    You can start small. Eat an apple without washing it first. Answer your phone even though the number calling is 'unknown.' Wait only 27 minutes to swim after you eat. Do whatever you think is risky.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey's Bossypants (2012) is another hilarious classic in the female memoir category. Her autobiography is scattered like Degeneres' novel as she humbly pokes fun at her own rise to fame and mixes in bits of her private life as a mom and even her unconventional opinion of Photoshop, all of course in a comedic light.

But Fey didn't always have her dream job, as documented by her stellar secretarial duties:

     Our only power over them was that we had to 'buzz them in' to the front desk area, and sometimes Donna and I would buzz it too short so they'd push on the door and it was already locked again. The small joys.

Fey mentions it isn't easy being a woman in comedy, but then her groundbreaking performance on Saturday Night Live as Governor Sarah Palin opened many doors:

     That night's show was watched by ten million people, so I guess that director at The Second City who said the audience 'didn't want to see a sketch with two women' can go s*** in his hat.

Then the actress/producer/comedian created her own hit show on NBC, 30 Rock. She highlights some of her favorite moments that she wrote for the sitcom:

     (Dr. Spaceman enters from I.C.U. His lab coat is covered in blood. The women all gasp.)

DR. SPACEMAN: What, this? No, no, I was at a costume party earlier this evening… and the hostess's dog attacked me so I had to stab it.

Though she admits to struggling to balanceher work and personal life, that doesn't keep Fey from constantly worrying about her daughter:

    When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half and stick with beer. Guide her, protect her when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes or anything called 'Hell Drop,' 'Tower of Torture,' or 'Death Spiral Rock 'N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,' and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

If these passages didn't convince you to read the books, perhaps the fact that both were on The New York Times Best Seller list will. Ultimately, DeGeneres and Fey offer humorous perspectives on life in their books that prove they are not just funny for a woman—both are simply hilarious in general.

 

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