Todd Lyden



SocMed/App Enthusiast

Monday, June 13, 2011

Improv for a Better Life: Quick Take of Bossypants
Just finished Tina Fey's "Bossypants," her first book. Yes, I'm a bit late to the party, but it is definitely worth the time!
If you like "30 Rock" at all, you will love the humor of this book.
But this is not to review the book, which could be summarized as this- great start, AWESOME chapter about her father ("That's Don Fey"), and slightly peters out.
It is part auto-biography and all funny.

One thing stood out for me,  a section called "The Rules of Improvisation That Will Change Your Life and Reduce Belly Fat." *Improve will not reduce belly fat.

  • Her first rule: always agree and say yes. This goes to what your partner creates, you need to roll with it no matter how outlandish. As she says, "start with a yes and see where that takes you."
  • Second rules is "Yes, and..." She means add something. You can agree, but you must be willing to play with and advance discussion.
  • Rule three is make statements. The is the converse of being the person who always asks questions or refuses to find the solution to the problem. 
  • Finally, "There are no mistakes, only opportunities." Improv can go all over the map, but if you are going to try and adhere to rules, you won't find where you are going.
Thanks Tina Fey for the life lessons from improv.

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