This is a great listen--especially for fans of Dratch, SNL, comedy writing.....pop culture. As to be expected, Dratch is really funny- but also self-deprecating and sweet. She talks about how she got into performing, SNL and what her current situation is professionally and personally. All autobiographies are by definition personal, but this seemed even more so than other's I've listened to or read. There were many unglamorous anecdotes and "every girl" moments that were especially humorous because of her inner monologue, comments, asides, etc.... I felt like she really put it all out there and it made me wish we were friends...haha!
Dratch also did a great job narrating the book--it was actor-y when it needed to be and even when it was appropriate. No overperforming here. A great pick!
I enjoy funny women and their memoirs, but this isn't the strongest I've ever read. I preferred Jane Lynch's Happy Accidents and even Tina Fey's Bossypants. There is something pleasantly "free-form" and "stream of consciousness" about Dratch's writing, but it makes for an overall mixed bag of a book. The audiobook, narrated by Dratch, is funny and she speaks to the listener as though they were a friend -- breaking into different voices and really intensifying her own punchlines. This is what I loved best about Girl Walks Into a Bar..., having the actress literally bring her words to life in your ears.
To make the story more enjoyable, I would have focused more on her UCB/improv training days, her SNL experiences, and even her auditioning stories -- arguably, the most entertaining and interesting parts of the book, though Dratch repeats, "This isn't a showbiz memoir." The bulk, then, is about mommyhood and babies and "Oh, can't new moms be full of themselves?" which felt tired and not as humorous or engaging. I also can't help feeling the "30+ New York City gal dating horror stories" have also been told better, on countless Sex and the City episodes and columns in Glamour magazine. So, while maybe Dratch didn't set out to write a showbiz memoir, maybe she could have written a "comedian's life" memoir in the style of Steve Martin's Born Standing Up.
I found her UCB/Improv stories to be the most engaging -- how her brain worked on stage improvising, how the team dynamic worked in the improv world, the joy of making other comedians laugh, etc.
Starring Rachel Dratch as Rachel Dratch -- And Not a Crude Caricature of a Butch Lesbian! -- a role she often laments she plays.
Worth a listen, especially if you're into funny women.
So far it has been my favorite book I've listened to, she is funny and humble
This book did make me laugh out loud on several occasions
Great book if you like C. Handler, Mindy, and other female celeb books you will enjoy this
This is a wonderful book and a highlight of my day (with 3 hours commuting). Rachel is really a fantastic writer. It is so real, yet HYSTERICAL. There are times when I would be laughing out loud, window down . . . . I want to just say to those looking. . . get Rachel Dratch's book!!!
There are too many. . . . I have referred to Rachel's description of getting kicked off of 30 Rock and how she and Tina processed feelings. Paraphrased - Rachel is a Pices and well. . . Tina is German. Really funny.
Rachel's funny yet serious discussion about contemplating motherhood in her late 30's, early 40's is absolutely on point. She really nails the fact that even though we are perceived as "self actualized" and "mature," . . . embarking on this journey is still absolutely nuts.
I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.
I will listen to it again because it is so refreshing and funny.
This book offers a look into an actor's life that I would not have thought. Rachel's life is more common to anyone of ours with one exception: she has an amazing sense of acceptance and humor. I laughed most of the book and never wanted it to end. I dragged it out for as long as I could but couldn't stop listening which made the book come to an end.
One of the best books I've ordered--maybe my second favorite overall.
Rachel Dratch might be famous and people might see her on the streets and recognize her, but this book makes her seem like a regular person. I know, I know - celebrities ARE regular people - but it never seems that way. As a childless woman of 31, Rachel's story really sinks home that it's never too late and that there's always hope. Not to mention her narration is hilarious.
I always ask myself, if I had to do it all over, would I listen to this again? Probably--at least the first half to two-thirds of the book. Once the book veers into life after Saturday Night Live, Rachel Dratch becomes one of us: out of work, looking for love, and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. I got a little annoyed with the assumption that she is somehow special toward the end of the book.
I would recommend the book for a couple reasons: It's an interesting take on how she got where she is now, and it is humorous.
One of the funniest aspects of the book was how she wove the question about "30 Rock" into the fabric of the entire book. I had forgotten that she was ever on the show, but clearly from her perspective, others have not.
Yes, laugh out loud in my car.
I really enjoyed Tina Fey's book Bossypants and am a huge 30 Rock fan. I was never really into SNL so was less familiar with Rachel Dratch. This book is really funny and a great listen. I have run it twice and am pretty sure I'll be listening to it again in the future.
Say something about yourself!
This book is like listening to Tina Fey's book. Again. In fact there are chapters that are THE EXACT SAME MATERIAL. (i.e. the Second City material, SNL material). The narration and writing are a poor imitation of Tina Fey's book. So get the original....
Copied Tina Fey
Copied Tina Fey
Fey's was funnier.
My apologies to Miss Dratch but I just couldn't love this book. While she offered several wonderful anecdotes, none of them make this book memorable. I think if she might have expanded more on either life as a comedienne or as a 40 year old mom, it would have been better than trying to cover both parts of her life in one book.