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.
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I really thought I would enjoy this book more. I like the comedian herself, she is one of those innately funny ones that really needs to do very little to have your laughing in fits. Maybe I should listen to the book again (following her two times a charm trick) to see if it would work and I'll catch more of the humor the second time around.
The title itself wasn't 'unfunny', it will give you more laughs than the typical novel however I expected far more laughs. To use an analogy, you sign up for a full body massage and only get a neck and shoulder massage.... missing the back, thighs, legs, etc. It is pretty short though and it answers a lot of questions about the writer/narrator's life which fans of her will be satisfied hearing.
All in all, there are a number laugh out loud moments, just not as much as I would like. It was an ok listen though, not particularly hating it but not loving it either just kinda 'meh'.
I thought it would be funny! It's just an amateurish story of a lady who can't find love and then she finds love.
Yes. Dratch read it herself, and her voice is familiar, warm, and normal. It makes it seem like she's just a friend with a crazy life that is telling you her story rather than a person trying to project an image of themselves onto an audience.
Interestingly enough, the book sucked me in with the 30 Rock stuff, but I became much more interested in her life and her relationship and child.
Comedy, dialect, and I imagine she read it the way she wanted it to be read in my head.
I laughed a lot. I had to pull over one time in order to laugh properly when she called herself a neurotic jew.
Rachel Dratch is one of those comedians SNL fans love because she is unique and an amazing sketch performer. She has a wildly normal personality, and it shows through in this book. I found myself relating to her, to her journey and struggle as a student, actress, and adult. I feel like now if I ever met her in real life I would have a hard time drawing personal boundaries because this book gave me a real insight to her personality, which, in my head, makes us friends.
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.