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Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle | [Rachel Dratch]

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

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?
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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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    Wesley Burnt Hills, NY, USA 06-04-12
    Wesley Burnt Hills, NY, USA 06-04-12 Member Since 2001

    I loved listening to books during my commute to work. Maybe I shouldn't have retired!

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    Would you listen to Girl Walks into a Bar... again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. It's a nice story, nothing overly serious. One can just sit back, relax and enjoy. Those of us who have watched Saturday Night Live through the years will find those sections of the book interesting.


    If you’ve listened to books by Rachel Dratch before, how does this one compare?

    I've never listened to other books by Rachel Dratch before, but after listening to this one, I would be interested.


    Have you listened to any of Rachel Dratch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to other performances by Rachel Dratch before.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never listen to an entire book in one sitting. I prefer 1 to 3 hours at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are undecided about what book you want to purchase, this is a good choice. I think you will find it a fun listen.

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    JLess PHOENIX, AZ, United States 06-02-12
    JLess PHOENIX, AZ, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    What made the experience of listening to Girl Walks into a Bar... the most enjoyable?

    Rachel's narration. I love when comedians write and narrate their books.


    Would you recommend Girl Walks into a Bar... to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it. It is just a fun break.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to count


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

    I don't think it is one that should be made into a movie.


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    Aleisha McCormack Melbourne 05-28-12
    Aleisha McCormack Melbourne 05-28-12

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    "Sassy and warm"
    What made the experience of listening to Girl Walks into a Bar... the most enjoyable?

    Dratch's performance was engaging and entertaining. She had a real warmth to her read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ummmmm Rachel.


    Have you listened to any of Rachel Dratch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy her TV and improv performances. Great to hear about her 'real' life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I laughed aloud a lot. She covers her early career, impro work and eventual casting on Saturday Night Live...then the subsequent pause in her career post SNL, for me the most intriguing part of the book....what to do next...


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    Jessica Lexington, KY, United States 05-28-12
    Jessica Lexington, KY, United States 05-28-12
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    "Good, funny listen!!"
    If you could sum up Girl Walks into a Bar... in three words, what would they be?

    Rachel Dratch is very real and to the point, no holds barred. Cute story, not amazing.....but very upbeat and feel good.


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

    Tina Fey's "Bossypants". I would compare because of the obvious similarities (SNL, comedienne).


    Any additional comments?

    Lighthearted, solid listen!!!

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    H. Wentworth Washington, DC 05-25-12
    H. Wentworth Washington, DC 05-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "really funny, but a really relateable story"
    What does Rachel Dratch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Obviously Rachel knows her own story well, but she's a real performer and makes the book very enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it quite quickly - even if you know her story from People magazine or wherever, it's still kind of suspenseful.


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    Sharilyn ann arbor, MI, United States 05-21-12
    Sharilyn ann arbor, MI, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    What made the experience of listening to Girl Walks into a Bar... the most enjoyable?

    The fact that Rachel was the reader.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rachel Dratch? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was a very candid account of her life. Some she made the most of her life with a lovely sense of humor despite not quite fitting in.


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

    Her emotions/ feelings


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

    BIG JUGS!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connor Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 05-19-12
    Connor Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Rachel Dratch is Incredible!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book, it has a wonderful combination of nostalgia and anticipation that leaves it in a memoir category of its own. It's not so much of a memoir as it is a prequel to what is currently happening in Rachel Dratch's life now. Very funny stories, brutal honesty, and a sense of humor that is rivaled only by her friends and peers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. The 5 hours seemed to fly past me all too fast.


    Any additional comments?

    Very funny book!

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    Greta Kathryn Lemon Grove, CA, United States 05-18-12
    Greta Kathryn Lemon Grove, CA, United States 05-18-12

    I credit audible for improving my listening skills.

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    What did you like best about this story?

    I did not know much about Rachel Dratch before this book. I had seen her on a few SNL episodes (I'm not a big fan of SNL) and on the first season of 30 Rock and then hadn't thought much about her since. Within the first few minutes of her book, I knew I was a fan of not only the book, but her too! She's got a fantastic sense of humor (especially about herself) and while her book is very funny, its also exceptionally honest. I really appreciated her openness about her self, her personal life, and her career.


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

    I laughed a lot. But more than anything, I felt like the book ended with her happy and better off than the beginning. Being so invested in her story, I deeply wanted that for her.


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    Lori New York 05-14-12
    Lori New York 05-14-12
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    "Love Rachel!"
    What made the experience of listening to Girl Walks into a Bar... the most enjoyable?

    Rachel is so funny, open and easy to relate to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her story is not only funny, but enlightening and very moving.


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

    I laughed and cried. I have an improv background, so all the improv stuff was great. Rachel is so honest about her life and how things turned out it made me wish I was her friend. She's hilarious and talented and I look forward to future books.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent, funny, moving memoir that I think almost anyone can relate to and will enjoy.

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    Gretchen V. 05-07-12
    Gretchen V. 05-07-12 Member Since 2004
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    "It's funny, (of course), touching, and insightful"

    I bought and downloaded this book immediately following Rachel's appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show last April. This was such a fun listen! I loved that Rachel narrated it herself. She has been one of my favorite comedians for years and this book is a great insight into what makes her the talented entertainer that she is. I started and finished this audiobook in one day because I couldn't stop listening! It's funny, (of course), touching, and insightful. It was so entertaining, I'll be "re-reading" this one, for sure.

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