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In my life, I have fallen head over heels in love with one member Saturday Night Live for each decade the show has been on television.

Because of his SNL work in the 1970s, I will forever be in love with Bill Murray.

Because of his SNL work in the 1980s, I will forever be in love with Phil Hartman.

Because of his SNL work in the 1990s, I will forever be in love with Adam Sandler.

So, whom do I crush on from the 2000s?

Tina Fey – of course!

My girl-crush is in full effect – even more so since I read her recent autobiography of sorts, Bossypants.

In her honor, I am sharing some tidbits I learned from her book – to be taken with a grain of salt in some cases, seriously in many others:

  • Some people say “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.
  • Contrary to what I believed as a little girl, being the boss almost never involved marching around, waving your arms, and chanting I AM THE BOSS! I AM THE BOSS!
  • Girl-on-girl sabotage is the third worst kind of behavior, after saying “like” all the time and leaving your baby in a dumpster.
  • Be a considerate co-worker: Cover the phones so someone can pee.
  • Think things through – remember how Kate Winslet lived in Titanic and Leo DiCaprio died? Well, if she would have just gotten into the lifeboat when the opportunity presented itself, then that piece of plywood would have been Leo’s and both would have survived!
  • Don’t hire anyone you wouldn’t want to run into in the hallway at 3 a.m.
  • Women aren’t in the office to be cute.
  • Just because you don’t like something, does not mean it is empirically bad.
  • Know your weaknesses. Tina, for example, has dead shark eyes.
  • Technology doesn’t move backwards. No society has ever de-industrialized.
  • Surround yourself with funny and hard-working people.
  • Don’t stand in other people’s light.
  •  Careful what you say about people – you are bound to have to hang out with them at some point. See Tina Fey sitting with Sarah Palin in NYC one night. Eek!
  • Babies are more than adorable creatures for whom you can blame your gas.


And finally, my favorite piece of advice from Tina – “Either way, everything will be fine.”

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio


  1. Stephanie Lough says:

    Can’t wait to read this book, it’s been on my short list for over a year! I hope the newest SNL vet, Kristen Wiig, comes out with book soon, for without her, I would never have had the pleasure of meeting Junice Merill http://www.hulu.com/watch/73360

  2. Page says:

    I read this book in one sitting (I may or may not have been floating in the pool, resulting is a terrible sunburn…totally worth it) and really, really enjoyed it. Thanks for pulling together some of the best pieces!

  3. Rachel Brockway says:

    Great blog Alison! I love Tina but Molly Shannon was my favorite “Superstar”!

  4. Sarah Rockey says:

    I read this on my honeymoon (well, on the plane)! A great mix of relatable antidotes and good advice. Definitely moments when I was out loud laughing. Thanks Alison!

  5. I loved that book! In fact, I use some of her quotes when I speak. So, so funny! What I took away from it is the rules of improvisation. Always answer a question with “Yes…and” to get people to think about things differently.

    I also really loved her story about Monica Lewinsky…and sharing make-up tips.

    Great book … and blog post that came from it!

  6. Dianne says:

    I sent Tina Fey’s “prayer for my daughter” to my daughter for her recent birthday. She said she didn’t “get it.” She just had a daughter, so she WILL be “getting it” soon!

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