Tag Archives: Girl Power

Why I Need to be More Like Tina Fey

21 Feb

There isn’t anyone better in the world than my homegirl, Tina Fey (Amy Poehler, you’re a close second, but Tina’s a Philly girl so that instantly shoots her to the top of the totem pole…represent!). I grew up watching and idolizing Saturday Night Live, and not much has changed.

Tina Fey represents all that I would like to accomplish in my own career and in my own life: working from the bottom up. Which is why I’ve compiled my list of why she is super fabulous and I need to be like her.

1. She is woman, hear her roar.
Before Tina Fey I had a lot of trouble finding really genuinely funny women on television and in movies. There was some kind of battle between being cute and pretty and being funny. You couldn’t be the pretty protagonist and make a fart joke. I like to think the ladies of late ’90s and early ’00s Saturday Night Live (Amy Poehler, Mya Rudolph and Molly Shannon included) crushed some barriers that were put up to keep women from being hilarious. You can see the shift in female comedic leads in the last decade. Now a woman is funny while being smart, sexy, at times a little gross, kind of disastrous, and gorgeous.

2. She has it all…
Husband, kids, dream career, awesome friends, the respect of everyone, a memoir… this is a woman that- as Liz Lemon says- has it all. Women want to be her, men want their wives to be like her. And yet somehow she still manages to remain seemingly grounded and normal.

3. …and she’s earned it all.
Reading her book, BossyPants, gave me a new-found respect for my girl Tina. She took what she had and she turned it into the life she has today. She didn’t wait around for other to tell her to make the next move. Too often I find myself doubting my potential because other people try to tell me to settle down and wait things out, and I’ve always know that waiting out for the next best offer wasn’t me. Maybe I’m just not patient, maybe people just don’t get me, but Tina Fey has given me the faith to know that I don’t have to listen to them. Girl. Power.

4. She gets to turn into Liz Lemon part-time
30 Rock-ophiles like me love Liz Lemon, but we all know what a totally insane mess it would be to live her life. Still, I think Liz Lemon would be the perfect character to play as an actress. Sometimes it’s fun to be a hot mess. Liz Lemon is hilarious because she can be the absolute definition of a wreck, but it’s still okay! It’s fun to be crazy and chaotic, and it’s even better when you get to transform into a sane and normal person at the end of the day. Plus, she’s got to make out with Matt Damon, Jon Hamm and  Jason Sudeikis… sign me up!

5. She’s got great gams
Homegirl is hot. She’s got awesome legs, arms, style, hair, and general everything. Best of all, she looks like a normal lady. No Hollywood surgeries or over the top outfits required. Get it, girl.

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Vide-OH! of the Day!

7 Feb

Megan Mullaly… aka Karen from Will and Grace… aka Tammy 2 from Parks and Recreation… aka one of the cutest ladies on TV… is one of my favorite actresses. Growing up I wanted to be Karen. Fabulous, bitchy and acceptably drunk all the time with a wonderful gay best friend. All I had was the wonderful gay best friend… never got to the fabulous part.

Anyway, check out Megan (joined by a very young John Goodman at the end) in one of her first acting gigs here. That woman hasn’t aged a day… so fabulous.

Cutest Book Ever

24 Jan

I’ve never been much of a girly girl.

Let me rephrase that: I am girly, but when around my female friends I somehow end up being extremely non-girly. That never seemed to be a problem when surrounded by my infinite number of gay friends in high school (oh yeah, I was the epitome of a teenage Grace Adler. I absolutely loved it, and my date and I looked awesome at prom, so there.), but now my conversations have switched from fashion and hunky celebs to finding out if Bryzgalov of Bobrovsky is in goal tonight. So, yeah, I’ve steered more towards the tomboy style in my later years, but I still love a lot of girly stuff. Fashion, shopping, adorable anything and Mindy Kaling’s book.

“Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? And Other Concerns” is a genuinely cute and funny book. Written by The Office’s Mindly Kaling (comedy writer who also plays ultimate girly-girl Kelly Kapoor on the show), it is basically a collection of essays about her life and personal beliefs and memories. Sounds heavy huh? It’s actually not, it’s just adorable. It’s a series of thoughts and stories that are so embarrassingly true to every girl’s own personal life, the things you were always kind of nervous to say out loud but were always thinking.

My favorite part? Definitely her chapter on love and weddings. It was just the moment for me that showed how much sense and how much heart she really had. In it she says:

“In real life, shouldn’t a wedding be an awesome party you throw with your great pal, in the presence of a bunch of your other friends? A great day, for sure, but not the beginning and certainly not the end of your friendship with a person you can’t wait to talk about gardening with for the next forty years.”

You. Go. Girl. Everything I’ve ever felt about love and marriage summed up into one neat mini-paragraph. Yeah, I got choked up when I read that for the first time, so what?

This book ends up putting you into a scene, giving you the general feeling that you’re sitting around on a big comfy (probably pink) couch with Mindy, wearing sweatpants, drinking wine and just dishing about life. Which is great because she seems like an all-around fabulous girl and the exact person I would want to force my girly side out. Homegirl’s got spunk, and she rocks it.

P.S. Mindy, if you happen to read this, it actually took me a little more than 2 months to read your book. Yes, I know there is something wrong with that, but I had a lot of episodes of “Bridezillas” to catch up on in between.

Vide-OH! of the Day

23 Jan

This is the best thing to ever happen to YouTube. No doubt, undeniably fantastic in every sense of the word.

The Girls Are Back in Town

13 Jan

Words cannot describe how excited I have been for tonight. In a list, my excitement is probably ordered as such:

1. Christmas
2. January 12, 2012
3. Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale

In case you live on Jupiter aren’t aware, tonight was the season premiere of my favorite show in the world, 30 Rock, and the end of the winter break for my other favorite show, Parks and Recreation. Two awesome show with the best leading ladies in television that crack me up every single time I see them.

I got ready for my big night with my TGS with Tracy Jordan sweatshirt and making Liz Lemon’s favorite drink, Funky Juice, or white wine and Sprite with ice cubes. Pretty much the sweetest drink on the planet, but if Lemon drinks it, so will I.

Number one on the billing was 30 Rock. First off, Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski looked insanely good for both just popping out babies over the summer. Also rocking a good look and a great new head of hair was the ever-attractive Alec Baldwin.

I think 30 Rock has embraced their cult status really well. The show knows how to combine classic, well-loved fan jokes with a new storyline and new things to laugh at. Throwing Lemon’s competitive jazz dancing past into her new, mysterious love life was spot on and Jenna’s viscious attack on child performers made the show for me, but I couldn’t tell you how relieved I was to see Jack Donaghy act like… well, Jack Donaghy. When the episode began I was afraid old Jacky had gone soft, but when he twisted his baby daughter’s first words around to mean “money” I knew that Jack was back.

Overall, I’d give 30 Rock an A. I wasn’t into last season as much as I wanted to be, and I was thrilled to see it turn around in the first episode.

Now onto my other main girl and her team of cohorts, Parks and Rec. This week was a pick-up from before Christmas, so it wasn’t as exciting as 30 Rock, but I am always excited to see Leslie Knope- the most adorable blonde, Amy Poehler- again.

Knope starts off back in the campaign, with an absolutely hilarious and nightmarish first day back on the road to City Council. In the last season, Parks and Rec has done an awesome job of developing their characters. Leslie has stayed her usual, high-strung self, but she is now supported by a cast of really hilarious and oddly believable stars. April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) has gone from an over-the-top grump to a hilarious-but-spunky curmudgeon since marrying Andy Dwyer (Andrew Maxwell), who may be playing a little too dumb this season, but he’s always kind of an idiot anyway. Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) is his normal weird self and Ron Swanson is his usual, majestic and perfect, manly self.

Parks and Rec earned a B in my book. April, Andy and their new 3-legged dog Champion were spot on, but I think Ben Wyatt and Chris Traegar got a little bit too silly. I’m more of a fan of the nerdy, sarcastic and sane Ben Wyatt, not the goofy over-the-top Ben. I also worry about how the Knope-Wyatt love affair will fit in sensibly  with her campaign. But I guess we will see!

Both of these shows have completely succeeded in their casts. Plus, I am in love with the idea that two powerful and hilarious women are running the best shows on t.v. Girl power, all the way!