Book Review: Battle of the Funny Ladies


Ever since my college roomie introduced me to the dancing daytime talk show host, I’ve admired Ellen’s unique and inviting persona, her positive, easygoing attitude, and her daily message to be comfortable in your own skin and be kind to one another. On the other hand, I’ve found Tina Fey just down right hilarious whether it’s Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Date Night, Mean Girls, or press releases. I love any lady who can laugh at herself and still have a good time. It’s impossible to love both these ladies and not read their books. Tina Fey’s Bossypants vs. Ellen DeGeneres’s Seriously…I’m Kidding is a serious smack down between two of the funniest ladies on television.

Ellen’s “Seriously…I’m Kidding”

The fact that her personality jumps off every single page, had me seriously hearing Ellen’s voice inside my head the entire time, and that the book read just like her opening monologues on her TV show, made this book a seriously quick, easy read (think 2 hours or less). The part where I felt I learned the most about Ellen’s life motto is when she states:

“Find out who you are and figure out what you believe in. Even if it’s different from what your neighbors believe in and different from what your parents believe in. Stay true to yourself. Have your own opinion. Don’t worry about what other people say about you or think about you. Let the naysayers nay. They will eventually grow tired of naying.”

I must admit I was a little disappointed by the randomness of the chapters and subjects as I was hoping to learn more about her as a person, her life, and the moments/events effecting who/how she is today. As a disclaimer though, I’ve never read her first two books where she may have delved a little deeper into her personal life and the beginning of her career, which is more of what I was looking for. Have you read her other books? Are they more informative or similar in thought to this third book?

Tina’s Bossypants:

Unlike Ellen’s book, I got exactly what I was hoping for: hilarious recaps of the events that shaped Tina Fey into the woman she is today and the insider details of how she got to where she is now in her career. Tina’s way of writing kept me wanting to read more and literally laughing out loud through every story, opinion, and joke. Although I could mentally hear her voice while reading I wish I would have actually listened to this book on tape to make it even more enjoyable, if that’s even possible!

Overall, both books were dead on with the writing style I expected but Bossypants wins this ultimate smack down for the entertaining life recaps and more substantial content. What do you think? Have you read one or both of these books? What’s your opinion?


5 thoughts on “Book Review: Battle of the Funny Ladies

  1. Loved, loved, loved Tina’s book! I would read it in bed and actually wake my husband up because I was laughing so hard. The same with any of the book by David Sedaris. I will have to try the Ellen book too. Thanks for sharing this!


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