A few weeks ago, my sister's boyfriend Chris texted me that Steve Martin and Tina Fey were launching a book tour in L.A. as part of the Live Talks L.A. series.
Say no more, Chris, say no more.
I snapped up two tickets faster than you can google "two of the world's funniest comedians are going to be on stage at the same time and I'm going to be there!!!" I was counting down the days.
My friend Susan and I kicked off the night with a short rib quesadilla and a fig marmalade burger (don't knock it 'til ya try it) at Eureka! in Claremont before heading down for the big show.
Steve and Tina (we're so on a first-name basis now) have books out now: Tina's is Bossypants, which features her on the cover with man arms photoshopped onto her, and Steve's is An Object of Beauty. Steve began with something along the lines of "I'm going to start with the question you should never ask unless you have medical records in your hand and (something else definitive). Are you pregnant?" And yes, she is.
In Tina's recent essay in the New Yorker, "Confessions of a Juggler, the soon-to-be 41-year-old says the second-worst question you can ask a woman, after "How do you juggle it all?", is "Are you going to have more kids?" and talks openly of weighing the "baby-versus-work-life questions." She let us know that just around the time the book was in its final stages, she found out she was pregnant!
Tina talked about her start in improv with Second City in Chicago. She & Amy Poehler toured with 6 others in a van, sometimes driving 2 days for a paycheck of $75. Her big break at Saturday Night Live came when she contacted her friend Adam McKay, then a writer for the show, about getting an interview with Lorne Michaels. She got the job, and in a short 2 1/2 years, made her way to head writer. Not too shabby! When asked about a gender disparity at SNL, she said she saw it more in people's post-SNL careers: the guys become big movie stars but not so much the women, not for lack of talent.
By far the funniest part of the night was Steve reading Tina's responses to snarky internet postings about her. When one referred to her as an overrated troll, her response was: "To say I'm an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair...I always ask three questions and two of them are riddles." Her writing was hilarious to begin with, but add to it Steve's voice inflection and pauses...that's comedy gold. I can't wait to read both of their books!
Live Talks L.A. is going to be posting videos of their events on their site, livetalksla.org, so you can check them out there.