Billie Eilish and Tina Fey Review – Different Minds, the Same Thrill
On a first listen, it is easy to confuse Billie Eilish with Tina Fey. Both are comedians with a voice that carries across the generations, funny hair, and a massive following that has found them with millions of fans. So, it’s easy to see why this is a mistake when listening to their new album.
But, I digress, as there is a lot to like about both of these women, but they are still very different people who have come up in their respective careers. In this brief review, I will compare and contrast each of their albums and see what the differences are.
Their comedies are very different. Although Billie Eilish does write her own material, most of the humor on this album comes from SNL cast member/comedian Chris Kattan’s (who plays in the world of stand up comedy). Much of the material is very funny, and quite controversial, but where Billie Eilish really shines is in her ability to build these jokes into a layered story about life. Her characters are rich and funny, and a favorite part of this album is watching her take readers on a personal journey through time and memory, much like The Great Gatsby.
Another thing that separates Billie Eilish’s albums from Tina Fey’s is the delivery. Fey often uses a deep and smooth voice to deliver jokes, but Billie Eilish’s delivery is not as smooth. Her jokes come off as almost askew, and the jokes that she comes up with can sometimes be quite corny.
Even though these two albums are very different, there is one funny bit in all of them. It’s a one liner about how an Asian girl in college was shoving a young white guy who had taken a “summer” break to go out with his friends. Both Eilish and Fey usetheir bodies to deliver the line, and it is very funny.
Although both of these albums are funny, Tina Fey’s comedic talent has only grown over the years. There are no shortage of material from the last ten years, but hers is much more current. Her jokes are quick and snappy, and she clearly loves getting her point across to her audience.
And finally, there is something for everyone on Eilish’s album. It covers many different topics, and includes many guests from her very popular stand up comedy act. Her jokes are funny, but she also tackles such topics as racism and sexism, which were not usually discussed in previous comedy albums.
Although their styles may be very different, they both offer a style that is witty, funny, and light hearted, which I believe is what jazz-hands kind of comedy is all about. Both are great comedians, and these albums should be listened to with an open mind. They should also be purchased and enjoyed.