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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Great insight into Ms. Dratch's start in comedy. Fun and engaging story read by the author, herself. If you like Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, you'll like this book too.
Talk about raw, candid, frank and honest: Rachel lays it all out in a thorough, detailed internal dialogue way that the beautiful Jewish culture shines at.
I really liked this book. It was made infinitely better because it was read by Rachel. Every once and awhile she breaks and chuckles a little which made it even more funny. To be honest though, I am not sure I would have liked it as much if I read it as opposed to listening as I did.
Enjoyed this read, so much insight on the opposite end of typecasting in Hollywood. Also enjoyed her perspective on dating and parenting, she's a fighter!
This will undoubtedly be compared to Tina Fey (read) and Amy Poehler's book (yet to read), but it strikes out on its own as it moves from show biz memoir to got-unexpectedly-pregnant-at-44 memoir. Light, pleasant, and enjoyable.
Rachel Dratch isn't just a talented comedic actor. She's a wonderful storyteller, too. Girl Walks Into a Bar answers the burning question, "Hey Rachel, whatever happened to you?" But it goes one better along the way. It makes the listener wonder how this amazingly talented woman ever got away from us in the first place.
Great telling of a very entertaining story.
Oh Rachel, so lovable and neurotic. I'm glad things worked out in the end but man oh man does she hold on to every injustice. At one point I had to take a week or so off. A lot of complaining. So much poor me, why me. But....she is funny, just pretend you're listening to a funny version of you mother acting like she's the only person that ever had ANYTHING negative happen to her EVER.
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