Tina Fey is a Funnypants.

by Meredith O’Brien


The day that Emmy-winning writer, 30 Rock producer/actress/writer and working mom Tina Fey’s memoir Bossypants went on sale, I was right there in Barnes & Noble purchasing my copy.


I quickly devoured the 275-page quirky collection of personal essays and learned a lot about Fey, who, despite a New Yorker piece last month in which she questioned what having a second child would do to her career, recently announced she’s pregnant with her second child. What did I learn about Fey from reading the book?


Tina Fey has to juggle too.


Fey wrote about one particularly insane week capped by a weekend where she taped scenes of 30 Rock with Oprah Winfrey, prepped to do her first Sarah Palin impersonation for Saturday Night Live and planning for her daughter’s third birthday party.


The Peter Pan themed birthday party, believe it or not, was stressing her out when she “could not find Peter Pan plates or cups. You can find Tinkerbell or Captain Hook, but no Peter Pan . . . I had less than a week! Captain Hook cups mixed with Tinkerbell plates would have to suffice.” And the birthday presents she ordered on Amazon, didn’t arrive until Friday, two days before the party, and she had to wrap them in her 30 Rock dressing room. How crazy was that jam-packed day before the party?


“Saturday, September 13, I got up at six a.m. and filmed my scenes with Oprah at Silvercup Studios in Queens . . . Between setups I sat with my daughter on my lap and watched Governor Palin on YouTube and tried to improve my accent. Oprah seemed genuinely concerned for me . . . ‘You’re going there [to Saturday Night Live] right after this?!’ . . . Around 5:30 p.m., Oprah and I wrapped and I went over to SNL, but not before stealing an untouched Edible Arrangements bouquet from Oprah’s dressing room to serve at the birthday party the next day.”


Tina Fey gets stressed out about the work-family situation and loses it sometimes.


Fey wrote that at times she has “fantasize[d] about quitting my job” but her because her work is “deeply satisfying and fun” she doesn’t. “Of course I’m not supposed to admit that there is tri-annual torrential sobbing in my office in my office, because it’s bad for the feminist cause,” she said. “It makes it harder for women to be taken seriously in the workplace. It makes it harder for other working moms to justify their choice. But I have friends who stay home with their kids and they also have a tri-annual sob, so I think we should call it even.”