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.
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I'm not necessarily sure this book was necessary but I enjoyed Dratch's tales enough. Especially towards the end it does seem like there's a lot padding to get a story, which is already pretty short. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this as a book, it would probably seem too flimsy, but Dratch's performance on the audiobook adds to it. It's not a ton of insider SNL info so if that's what you're after don't look here. This is really her story of her experiences and rejections from the entertainment industry, and her relationship with her baby daddy and experiences of motherhood in her 40's.
Based on her book I don't want to compare Dratch to Tina Fey but I did listen to Bossypants first then this based on the Audible recommendation. It is in the same vein as Bossypants but shorter and focuses more on her more recent personal life - but they have had very different experiences. There are stories of early improv days and SNL but That's not the focus.
A funny and personal look behind and beyond SNL with touching personal moments from Rachel's life.
Her performance and story are great, got me a little teary eyed at some points
Absolutely, this is freaking hilarious.I could never listen to this with a mouth full of anything because it would land across the room. You can expect at least a good chuckle every couple of moments, and a hearty laugh with tears is guaranteed in each chapter. She ROCKs!!! Good ole two times Dratch. The book is absolutely worth it from the first chapter!! I hope she has more books. I"m a huge SNL fan, and this was awesome. If you love Chelsea Handler, and Tina Fey's books you'll love this. She is a much better writer than Amy Poehler on this one ( sorry Amy). Buy this book if you need laughter in your life, DO NOT DELAY.
Yes, because it's light and a funny . It's interesting hearing her perspective on things.If youve read any other of the SNL bios, I think this one may be the funniest
Um yeah this is an autobiography so I'll go with Rachel Dratch
It's her own voice and who knows better how to use the proper inflections?!!!
It made me laugh a lot!
Give it a try...
I thought it would be funny! It's just an amateurish story of a lady who can't find love and then she finds love.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I loved the beginning of the book, but it lost a little bit of steam towards the end. The struggling comedienne stuff was pretty funny and she is a terrific narrator. The starting family stuff was less funny, but sweet and enjoyable.
I would recommend it to every girl that feels really aware in the dating world. It really happens to every girl. So its good to know that you are not alone there, that there is someone else feeling the same insecurities, it don`t matter if it`s a famous person.
The letter that Rachel received from her boyfriend`s brother was great, so thoughtful.
"If you love SNL you will love this."
If you love Saturday Night Live you'll love this book. Rachel Dratch is underrated and you need to listen to this. There have been sometimes where I've actually gasped, chuckled and shouted "NO!!" Very loudly haha. If you liked Tina Fey's Bossypants, Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? or Amy Poehler's Yes Please this is your next audiobook.
Dratch tells it how it is. Hollywood, friendships, dating and life in general. Wonderful book that will definitely make you feel better, with hilarious observations of the world.
"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 :)
I always enjoy hearing the author read the book. I particularly liked the focus on life rather than show biz
Books by SNL alumni - Fey, Poehler etc...
the ability to listen ot it whilst driving...!
It is always so much better to hear the author speaking... screw you, Roland Barthes!
Honest, Funny, and Darn Charming. Thanking you Rachel Dratch for not living the 'normal life'
I loved this story it made me laugh out loud so many times! Even better than Tina Fay or Amy Pohler 5 stars!
"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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