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
Funny, relatable, light
Don't want to give anything away
I did listen to it straight through and didn't want to switch to another story, but I was also on a long drive. Idk that I would've stayed at home and listened to 6hrs straight, unless I really had nothing to do!
Great book, loved the narration. And I'm a big Tina Fey fan, but I honestly liked this book better than Fey's. Maybe it's the whole underdog thing. But I liked both memoirs and this one is definitely funny.
This was an okay book. I was hoping for a book about humor not the memoir of Rachel Dratch. She is funny and I did enjoy the book. I just should have read the description a little closer.
This book is interesting, and as to be expected, Rachel does a great job with comedic delivery as the narrator. Her humility and outlook on life are refreshing. However, the book drags a little in some places and feels repetitive, not that she actually repeats life stories, but certain parts feel too similar to the rest of the book. I enjoyed it, and did laugh at loud in certain parts, and nod in other parts, totally relating to what she was describing, but there was nothing outstanding. Good but not great.
Rachel Dratch is a great actor and this really came across in her book, her narration was funny endearing and relatable. If you like comedy biography you'll probably like this.
Bohemian Bon Vivant
Yes, with reservations.
Loved it. I look forward to what she does next! She was great fun to spend time with. Very amusing and a great attitude.
This book was a pleasure to read thanks to Rachel Dratch herself and her very upbeat and comedic take on things. Where it rather lost me was the last third or so when she got into the stuff about finding herself pregnant and what came after. This was not very interesting and was like being forced to look at someone else's baby snapshots and hear their story. Still, if this is the book she set out to write, she did a great job at it, it's just that I wasn't interested in that aspect of her life. I'd still recommend it, however, because she does such a great job with the part that comes before this and she's FUN to spend time with and listen to. I'd really like to see her do another audio book about life in general, and not so much about motherhood, which is pretty universal and not all that interesting.
People who like biographies of other people with self pity.
The book is finished and I have not laugh one time.
Her voice and her expressions.
Do not buy this book if you are looking for a stand up comedy. Its basically a biography filled with negative self image.
You feel like you were listenning to friend talking about their life story.
I never heard of her
SNL created an other star
Yes. It doesn't stand up to Bossypants, but Dratch knows that, too. The book is good and honest and a nice look at a pretty regular life.
The book starts out saying this won't be about showbiz. Then the first half of the book is about showbiz especially SNL and Second City. But that's good since that's why we want to buy this book isn't it. This book actually tells you some things about SNL you didn't find out by reading Tina Fey's Bossypants. But it is the comparison to Bossypants that hurts this book. Although the performance is great it just isn't as interesting as Tina Fey's book which is quickly becoming the standard for Audible autobiographies.
The performance in this book was great, the biggest selling point of this book. I feel bad for the people who only get to read it.
No. In fact there is a break point about 3 hours in that makes an easy stopping point.
Yes. It was funny and poignant. Dratch was insightful, open, and generally made me feel like I was a friend listening to anecdotes about her life.
"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 :)
"Really Funny !!"
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.
Difficult to say which book to compare this too never read an autobiography quite as funny as this.
I think when she got pregnant then everything seem to change.
"Great story, great narration - really honest story"
One of the best cos of the way she tells her story
Rachel.... and Burley the dog
"Not starring Rachel Dratch, she didn't seem convincing"
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?"
"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.
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