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
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
If there was ANYTHING interesting in this book. It was like listening to an old college friend update you on their boring life including whole "He-Said this, I-said that, Then he made this joke" kind of stories. What a yawn!
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Girl Walks into a Bar...?
Whenever she makes a fake baby crying 'Waaaah, Waaaaah' sound! Which would be 80% of the book.
Who knew Rachel Dratch had such an interesting story? From starting out to having her baby, nothing happens in a conventional manner for Rachel. Which makes it that much more interesting.
I'm not necessarily sure this book was necessary but I enjoyed Dratch's tales enough. Especially towards the end it does seem like there's a lot padding to get a story, which is already pretty short. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this as a book, it would probably seem too flimsy, but Dratch's performance on the audiobook adds to it. It's not a ton of insider SNL info so if that's what you're after don't look here. This is really her story of her experiences and rejections from the entertainment industry, and her relationship with her baby daddy and experiences of motherhood in her 40's.
Based on her book I don't want to compare Dratch to Tina Fey but I did listen to Bossypants first then this based on the Audible recommendation. It is in the same vein as Bossypants but shorter and focuses more on her more recent personal life - but they have had very different experiences. There are stories of early improv days and SNL but That's not the focus.
A funny and personal look behind and beyond SNL with touching personal moments from Rachel's life.
Her performance and story are great, got me a little teary eyed at some points
Absolutely, this is freaking hilarious.I could never listen to this with a mouth full of anything because it would land across the room. You can expect at least a good chuckle every couple of moments, and a hearty laugh with tears is guaranteed in each chapter. She ROCKs!!! Good ole two times Dratch. The book is absolutely worth it from the first chapter!! I hope she has more books. I"m a huge SNL fan, and this was awesome. If you love Chelsea Handler, and Tina Fey's books you'll love this. She is a much better writer than Amy Poehler on this one ( sorry Amy). Buy this book if you need laughter in your life, DO NOT DELAY.
Yes, because it's light and a funny . It's interesting hearing her perspective on things.If youve read any other of the SNL bios, I think this one may be the funniest
Um yeah this is an autobiography so I'll go with Rachel Dratch
It's her own voice and who knows better how to use the proper inflections?!!!
It made me laugh a lot!
Give it a try...
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