Recently, I have had the urge to read all about celebrities, especially comedians. I went on a shopping splurge online and bought a ton of e-reader books. I am happy to say I was not disappointed, and here is why:
‘Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea’ by Chelsea Handler is by far the crudest, most appalling essay book I have ever read. It is also easily the most entertaining piece of writing in history. This collection of essays that detail some of the most humorous moments of Chelsea’s life, has no order or theme in the book but makes confusion clear as to how she became a comedian. Chelsea was clearly born with humor in her blood and her storytelling shows it. I would only advise not to read this book in public. You will laugh out loud, hysterically. You will read extremely gross and awkward sections that make being around others difficult. This is a must read autobiography.
‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)’ by Mindy Kaling was more than I had expected. Mindy is extremely talented and smart, but often is portrayed as unintelligent and whimsical. I wanted to know more about her and validate my feelings that her TV portrayal was inaccurate. I became immersed in reading about her struggles becoming a writer and living with roommates in New York. Overall, she was very relateable, which made her book all the more appealing. It also helps that Mindy is hilarious and just like Chelsea, it is clear why she is a comedic writer. It was refreshing to hear her personal struggles as a writer and how much writing for ‘The Office’ not only made, but influenced her future career.
‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey was the most disappointing for me. I really admire Tina Fey and was really looking for inspiration in her book. Tina wrote the truest autobiography out of the three authors, which is probably where my disappointment lies. I did truly love the book, but it chronicled her life growing up in Pennsylvania (my hometown) which was ironic and detailed her stardom with ‘30 Rock’. She talks more about her family life and even has a chapter dedicated to the “drunk midget” running around in her house, referring to her daughter. Overall, the book is definitely a “must read,” but it was not the drop dead comedic intake I was hoping for. I do have to say that Tina struggled through her career just like Chelsea and Mindy and that theme in the book was surprising to me. We see these celebrities as successful but never stop to think that they may have had to have roommates, or live off of nothing but Ramen Noodles, just like most of us do. That is what gives the readers including myself the inspiration to strive for everything in life and not limit ourselves.