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
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.
Absolutely. The 5 hours seemed to fly past me all too fast.
Very funny book!
I credit audible for improving my listening skills.
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.
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.
Rachel is so funny, open and easy to relate to.
Her story is not only funny, but enlightening and very moving.
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.
This is an excellent, funny, moving memoir that I think almost anyone can relate to and will enjoy.
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.
I enjoyed her performances on SNL and wanted to gain some insight on her background. I highly recommend.
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.
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.
No, I think her performance was good, however content was not funny enough.
the lack of humor
I heart audiobooks! Best way to "read"!
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.
Ultimately, the book loses steam. Rachel herself admits her story doesn't have much of an ending.
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.
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.
Disappointment, annoyance, indifference.
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