I was never one for reading autobiographies. Factual stories about people’s lives are usually boring and just ego-boosters. However, the following autobiographies written by female comedians are some of the best books I have ever read. Their comedic nature lends to plenty of laughs and an enjoyable read for all ages (and genders).
Bossypants – Tina Fey
Tina Fey tells of her work in improve groups to landing a writing position at SNL and about the creation of 30 Rock. Fey uses self-deprecating humor but manages to mix comedy with social critique to make for an interesting read. There are bursts of feminist ideals throughout. Enjoyable and fast read!
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: And Other Concerns – Mindy Kaling
Kaling uses her book to write observations on life around her, from romance to friendship, Hollywood to fashion. Kaling tells the story of her “making it in Hollywood,” from college to working at The Office. She is smart and witty and writes her personal stories with complete honesty, which makes her book much more relatable than most on this list.
Girl Walks into a Bar…: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle – Rachel Dratch
For those of you that don’t recognize her, Dratch became famous on SNL and is known for her character “Debbie Downer.” After doing a great job on SNL, she left to take the role of Jenna in 30 Rock only to lose the part and only get offered roles as lesbians and secretaries (as she notes in her book.) Dratch really tells of the unpredictability in life from career roles to being a mom. This is a fast read and keeps you wanting to read more from her.
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee – Sarah Silverman
There are moments of laughs and many dull and boring moments, especially in the later half of the book. The events are all jumbled up, but the funny parts are so funny, especially for those of you that are fans of Silverman. There are sincere glimpses into her personal life show a different side to her public character.