Following in the footsteps of her frequent collaborator Tina Fey, Amy Poehler just signed a book deal. AP reports that Poehler is writing a now-untitled memoir-ish book for HarperCollins's pop culture imprint It Books, due out sometime in 2014. The publisher describes the book as "an illustrated, non-linear diary full of humor and honesty and brimming with true stories, fictional anecdotes and life lessons." Fey's Bossypants was a big hit, selling millions of copies since its release in 2011, and Poehler's book could prove to be equally as popular but probably won't have as many Alec Baldwin anecdotes.
It's a good thing I enjoy humor because, if I had to estimate, I'd put the number of humor pieces I've read this year somewhere in the low thousands. As a fan — and as someone who's numb to the embarrassment that comes with laughing aloud while riding public transportation — I imagine I'd have read some fraction of these just for fun. But as someone who’s had the privilege of editing Splitsider's Humor Section for the past nine months and compiling the list below (who am I kidding? tl;dr), I’ve been overwhelmed in the best way possible by the volume and quality of the humorists populating the [...]
In the latest Totally Tina news, reading the L.A. Times story about Tina Fey and Steve Martin riffing during Fey's Bossypants book tour is going to make you wish you had a private jet even more than you do already (unless you live in L.A., in which case you have no excuse). "Not many people know this, but my parents were brutally murdered by Earl Scruggs," Tina deadpanned when Grammy-winner Martin inquired as to her lack of banjo skills. The pair discussed Fey's hysterical pregnancy ("Do the breasts go down?" Steve inquired. "I hope not," Tina replied), working with liberal mascot Alec Baldwin and Fey's experience with [...]
You’d be hard-pressed to find anybody at the moment as well positioned at the nexus of comedy, entertainment, and the cultural zeitgeist as Tina Fey. She cut her teeth at improv on the stages of the Second City Theater in Chicago, incubator of such geniuses as Belushi, Aykroyd, and Colbert. She rose through the ranks of Saturday Night Live to become head writer and the anchor for its Weekend Update. She’s the creator of NBC’s 30 Rock, which broke records for garnering the most Emmy nominations for comedy in a single year. Oh yeah — and she also delivered late night impressions of a certain former governor so dead-on [...]
Straight from the Frankfurt Book Fair is this, the apparent cover of Tina Fey's upcoming book Bossypants. How delightfully unsettling.