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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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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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    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 G. 05-07-12
    Gretchen G. 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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    Matthew HOUSTON, TX, United States 05-01-12
    Matthew HOUSTON, TX, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable Read"
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    I enjoyed her performances on SNL and wanted to gain some insight on her background. I highly recommend.

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    Stephanie Pall Mall, TN, USA 12-20-13
    Stephanie Pall Mall, TN, USA 12-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    Don't waste a credit on this book unless you are a fan of hers....

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    Kristy Kempsey, Australia 10-28-13
    Kristy Kempsey, Australia 10-28-13
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    "So when does the funny start? or even interesting?"
    What disappointed you about Girl Walks into a Bar...?

    I just could not get into this book. I felt like I sat here listening to someone I didn't know, droan on and on about their life. I listened for the first hour but there was nothing to hook me in. I just kept waiting for her to say or do something funny or at the very least interesting but after an hour there was nothing and I just was not willing to waste any more time on it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure why this book has had so many positive reviews. Perhaps I needed to listen and wait it out a bit longer but it just felt like I was sitting here listening to my great aunt tell me about her day. I don't think you should have to force yourself to keep reading/listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda THORNVILLE, OHIO, United States 08-12-13
    Amanda THORNVILLE, OHIO, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Rachel Dratch and/or Rachel Dratch?

    No, I think her performance was good, however content was not funny enough.


    What was most disappointing about Rachel Dratch’s story?

    the lack of humor


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    Hilary United States 05-28-13
    Hilary United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I heart audiobooks! Best way to "read"!

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    "Terrifically told, but runs out of steam"
    What made the experience of listening to Girl Walks into a Bar... the most enjoyable?

    Rachel Dratch is hilariously funny. She does voices, etc., that really brings her own words and stories alive. I laughed out loud many times. Listening to her is like listening to a good friend.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ultimately, the book loses steam. Rachel herself admits her story doesn't have much of an ending.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't exactly a "memoir" but I enjoyed the sections more about her comedy days, SNL, and her dating life. MINOR SPOILER: then it becomes a book about having a baby. I felt like that material was less fresh, she didn't really have any new, funny or insightful take on motherhood. But worth the read for the first half.

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    Pamela Lund Orange County, CA United States 05-28-13
    Pamela Lund Orange County, CA United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2013

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    "I wanted to like this book..."
    What would have made Girl Walks into a Bar... better?

    I really wanted to like this book. I want to know "what happened to Rachel Dratch" but the first two sections just seem like a whiny diatribe about how Hollywood only wants gorgeous women or hideously ugly and obese people. Rachel is somewhere in the middle so she can't get work. I didn't laugh through the first two sections and couldn't connect with Rachel so I'm returning the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, annoyance, indifference.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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