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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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    evelin TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, US 07-23-15
    evelin TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, US 07-23-15
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    "Such a delightful book!"

    I've always loved this actress- she's perfection!

    Her storytelling style is lovely- sharp narrative peppered with witty short lines a la Chinese Poetry to accentuate a beat in her story.

    Who knew she was such a hippy at heart, a foodie and a good girl?

    Screw Hollywood- she's is lovely in every way- I wished she would produced her own shows and films- she can certainly write and preform comedy...


    Reading this book makes you want to see more of her- enjoy!

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    Ramona 07-22-15
    Ramona 07-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting but left a something to be desired."
    Where does Girl Walks into a Bar... rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not one of my favorites. A little dry.


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

    I doubt it, the book fell short. It was interesting only because of her comedy work - she was honest but took too much of a feminist approach. Definitely a different side from what you see on TV.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rachel Dratch?

    No, I'll stick to watching her in sketch comedy.


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

    No extremes.


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    C 07-16-15
    C 07-16-15
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    "Unoriginal, boring, and out of touch "

    This book should not not be suggested after Bossypants and Yes, please. Rachel comes across as whiny, boring, and privileged. She literally has a chapter dedicated to explaining why, as an unemployed woman, she chose not to have a nanny. And another chapter dedicated to the shame and embarrassment she felt when a vibrator bought for her by someone else was almost discovered. Unlike Tina and Amy, she lacks female empowerment and isn't someone you can relate to. Furthermore, this audiobook simply isn't funny.

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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

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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
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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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