The book revolves around her dating life and career. I like the fact that she came from the same comedy circle as tina fey, amy poehler, etc. She was great at SNL - Debbie Downer.
Well she really did not differentiate the characters but it was alright and it was entertaining.
There is not a lot of raw material to make it as tv series...
I felt like Rachael Dratch was a little whiney. The most interesting part was where she was describing her days with Second City (the try, try again section) as most of us can identify with not getting what we want right off the bat of having a great idea. Other than that, she seemed fixated on how she was type cast by the Saturday Night Live aristocracy and how Hollywood followed that "type". I personally never liked the "Debbie Downer" franchise of Dratch's, that she brings up as a sample of success at SNL. I found it too irritating to be really funny. But calling this skit to mind seemed apt as it matched the tenor of this memoir. Sorry Rachael! I wanted to like this more than I did. Wasn't there anything funny about sitting around back stage at SNL?
Won't be one.
Rachel Dratch's story is interesting and the behind the scenes information about SNL and other comedians is fun to hear about. But being a comedian I was expecting alot more hilarity. I laughed out loud a few times but that was it. The hardest part for me was the break neck pace at which she narrated. I wanted to yell at her to SLOW DOWN! It was so fast in some places that I think it killed some of the comedy. I think you will really like this book if you are a big Rachel fan or you are in the business yourself. But otherwise I was disappointed with it.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
it's not that funny. I found Rachel to be somewhat whiney - I mean, after all - we all have problems and challenges in life. The trick is to not take ourselves too seriously and I thought this book was going to more light-hearted than it was.
Not use the term "bull dyke" - I mean, really Rachel, the 60's are over and they want their hurtful terminology back. I'm not suggesting you need to be politically correct all the time, but "bull dyke"? Really? you're a comedian and an entertainer, not a grizzled veteran of the Vice Squad!
Her performance wasn't bad, but it really didn't add much to the story. Really, i don't think anyone else would want their name associated with this gig!
A bit of anger and definite disappointment.
Don't bother getting this unless you're an overpaid entertainer who likes to whine and call other people names.
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 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.
Found this book entertaining, funny and interesting. I love that Rachel narrates the book - her voice really makes the story come alive. I would definitely recommend.
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.
Probably not again, but she is witty and interesting to listen to, so I would read another book authored by her.
Yes, just because her tone is so entertaining.
When she describes the ridiculous experiences she has had on the streets of NYC...extremely funny. The story about the guy who called her a cunt while she was on a blind date was a riot.
She is not just the "lesbian, horrifically obese and/or disfigured best friend of the beautiful skinny perfect lead female character".
If you like Tina Fey's book, you will like this, they are so darn similar in personality its weird.
It surprised me because I knew it was going to be funny but I didn't realize how touching it would be.
I wish more books were written this well. Also the audiobook version was great because it heightened the comedy.
she achieved it very well.
nothing. great job.
can't wait for the next one.