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Girl Walks into a Bar... Audiobook

Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

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Publisher's Summary

In this side-splitting memoir, the former Saturday Night Live star recounts the hilarious adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it - at the age of 44.

Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians."

Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose? Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.

Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child and moved to New York to be a dad. With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.

Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch's time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar is a refreshing version of the "happily ever after" story that proves female comics - like best sellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler - are truly having their moment.

©2012 Rachel Dratch (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    luvsmanatees 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    It is a picturesque view of the life of Rachel Dratch! Hilarious homage to her life. I highly recommend it!!!

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    J. R. Takaki 07-14-15

    jeanne

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    "Embrace your inner sasquatch"

    That was the line that finally made me laugh out loud. Her tales of learning comedy at Second City and SNL were informative and interesting, but she really got funny when she talked about life with a baby.
    Thoroughly enjoyed it...thanks for sharing, Rachel!

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    Amy 07-14-15
    Amy 07-14-15
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    "Great listen!"

    Rachel Dratch is a beautiful talent! I love this book. It was not only well written but well read. She seems so sincere and genuine, I feel like I know her- but I promise I won't act like it if I pass you on the street.

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    CASSANDRA HERNANDEZ 07-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny, light and real"

    An open, honest and entertaining read. Rachel made me laugh, sympathize and coincide on woman related experiences.

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    Elizabeth M Goetter 07-07-15
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    "Excellent!"

    Super funny and well written. Loved hearing Rachel read. Get this girl some good parts in an indie comedy already!

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    Stefan 06-21-15
    Stefan 06-21-15
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    "comedy, love, drama, real ... amazing!"

    I bought this audio book based on the title. Sounded funny and I was bored at the time. Plus the lady on the cover had a funny face. I had no clue who the author is. I don't watch much TV. I actually googled 'SNL'.

    I like to be surprised. And boy ... was I surprised.

    Amazing work of art!

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    Aria Jayde 06-19-15
    Aria Jayde 06-19-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm a Parentist, Writer, Vlogger, Blogger, Life Enthusiast, Happy Morning Person & Majestic Night Person.

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    "I laughed and cried...which was weird & unexpected"
    If you could sum up Girl Walks into a Bar... in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Humbling. Interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    uh...Rachel...


    Which character – as performed by Rachel Dratch – was your favorite?

    The hideously obese alien lesbian - bwaahaaa!!!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ...


    Any additional comments?

    I'm Australian and apart from the snippets i've seen on youtube recently, I haven't had much exposure to SNL - so choosing this unknown autobiography was a gamble and I was trusting the positive feedback - which I am happy I did. I enjoyed this more than I expected and she is seriously hilarious. I look forward to hearing about her more in the future :)

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    L.a. 06-19-15
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    "The feel good book of the year"

    Funny,sweet and charming.
    A must have book from an SNL alumni. I enjoyed this book so much. #dratchrocks

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    AH 06-14-15
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    "Better than expected"

    Great narration. I got a little bored during the whole raising baby part but I see how it was critical to the story. Highly enjoyed it.

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    Diane 06-11-15
    Diane 06-11-15
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    "Best one of sol girl crew"

    I've audio heard Amy polled,Tina Rey's bossy pants , but this was the funniest, which I didn't think was possible. Awesome

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  • R Mac
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    2/23/15
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    "Give it a go!"

    If you love similar memoirs from the likes of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey then audible has probably suggested this title to you and it's definitely worth a try. Refreshingly honest and interesting and definitely not a put on performance, a real woman sharing her story and I'm happy to recommend it! Well read too I think that adds a lot to the story. Really enjoyed it :)

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  • Kelsey Swan
    3/19/15
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    "If you love SNL you will love this."

    If you love Saturday Night Live you'll love this book. Rachel Dratch is underrated and you need to listen to this. There have been sometimes where I've actually gasped, chuckled and shouted "NO!!" Very loudly haha. If you liked Tina Fey's Bossypants, Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? or Amy Poehler's Yes Please this is your next audiobook.

    Dratch tells it how it is. Hollywood, friendships, dating and life in general. Wonderful book that will definitely make you feel better, with hilarious observations of the world.

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  • Charlton Siddo
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    6/18/14
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    "Really Funny !!"
    Would you listen to Girl Walks into a Bar... again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this again. I found it very light-hearted and funny, and Rachel Dratch doesn't take herself too seriously but at the same time gives you an insight into her professional and personal world.


    What other book might you compare Girl Walks into a Bar... to, and why?

    Difficult to say which book to compare this too never read an autobiography quite as funny as this.


    Which character – as performed by Rachel Dratch – was your favourite?

    Debbie Downer


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think when she got pregnant then everything seem to change.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Holly
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    4/7/13
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    "Well worth a listen."

    One of the great things about this audiobook is the fact that, because it is narrated by the author, it has the benefit of Rachel Dratch's wit and fantastic comic timing. The 'sketch-style' opening grabbed me immediately and I found the rest of the book an absolute joy. Ms Dratch transitions effortlessly between apparently unrelated subject areas (The Second City, the Secret, dog ownership and dinosaur art robots, to name a few) whilst still keeping the listener gripped with her mixture of humour and insight. As a fan of hers, I was intrigued to learn more about her life, but really this is a great book for anyone who wants to hear a great, funny story with moments of coincidence and everyday adventure bordering on the mystical. Excellent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • bry
    7/20/15
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    "Dratch"
    What made the experience of listening to Girl Walks into a Bar... the most enjoyable?

    I always enjoy hearing the author read the book. I particularly liked the focus on life rather than show biz


    What other book might you compare Girl Walks into a Bar... to, and why?

    Books by SNL alumni - Fey, Poehler etc...


    What does Rachel Dratch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    the ability to listen ot it whilst driving...!
    It is always so much better to hear the author speaking... screw you, Roland Barthes!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ...?


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  • Mark Skraba
    6/30/15
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    "Yes."

    Honest, Funny, and Darn Charming. Thanking you Rachel Dratch for not living the 'normal life'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leanne Riordan
    3/28/15
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    "Brilliantly funny!!"

    I loved this story it made me laugh out loud so many times! Even better than Tina Fay or Amy Pohler 5 stars!

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  • Tony
    London, United Kingdom
    10/17/13
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    "Great story, great narration - really honest story"
    Where does Girl Walks into a Bar... rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best cos of the way she tells her story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel.... and Burley the dog


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Not starring Rachel Dratch, she didn't seem convincing"


    Any additional comments?

    A really humble story about an actor who sort of made it, then didn't quite make it, but still gets asked all the time about what it was like to not quite make it. She was great on Saturday Night Live, we all wanted to see more of her on 30 Rock, and this book finally answers the question "are you and Tina Fey still friends?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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