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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This is a great listen--especially for fans of Dratch, SNL, comedy writing.....pop culture. As to be expected, Dratch is really funny- but also self-deprecating and sweet. She talks about how she got into performing, SNL and what her current situation is professionally and personally. All autobiographies are by definition personal, but this seemed even more so than other's I've listened to or read. There were many unglamorous anecdotes and "every girl" moments that were especially humorous because of her inner monologue, comments, asides, etc.... I felt like she really put it all out there and it made me wish we were friends...haha!
Dratch also did a great job narrating the book--it was actor-y when it needed to be and even when it was appropriate. No overperforming here. A great pick!
I enjoy funny women and their memoirs, but this isn't the strongest I've ever read. I preferred Jane Lynch's Happy Accidents and even Tina Fey's Bossypants. There is something pleasantly "free-form" and "stream of consciousness" about Dratch's writing, but it makes for an overall mixed bag of a book. The audiobook, narrated by Dratch, is funny and she speaks to the listener as though they were a friend -- breaking into different voices and really intensifying her own punchlines. This is what I loved best about Girl Walks Into a Bar..., having the actress literally bring her words to life in your ears.
To make the story more enjoyable, I would have focused more on her UCB/improv training days, her SNL experiences, and even her auditioning stories -- arguably, the most entertaining and interesting parts of the book, though Dratch repeats, "This isn't a showbiz memoir." The bulk, then, is about mommyhood and babies and "Oh, can't new moms be full of themselves?" which felt tired and not as humorous or engaging. I also can't help feeling the "30+ New York City gal dating horror stories" have also been told better, on countless Sex and the City episodes and columns in Glamour magazine. So, while maybe Dratch didn't set out to write a showbiz memoir, maybe she could have written a "comedian's life" memoir in the style of Steve Martin's Born Standing Up.
I found her UCB/Improv stories to be the most engaging -- how her brain worked on stage improvising, how the team dynamic worked in the improv world, the joy of making other comedians laugh, etc.
Starring Rachel Dratch as Rachel Dratch -- And Not a Crude Caricature of a Butch Lesbian! -- a role she often laments she plays.
Worth a listen, especially if you're into funny women.
So far it has been my favorite book I've listened to, she is funny and humble
This book did make me laugh out loud on several occasions
Great book if you like C. Handler, Mindy, and other female celeb books you will enjoy this
This is a wonderful book and a highlight of my day (with 3 hours commuting). Rachel is really a fantastic writer. It is so real, yet HYSTERICAL. There are times when I would be laughing out loud, window down . . . . I want to just say to those looking. . . get Rachel Dratch's book!!!
There are too many. . . . I have referred to Rachel's description of getting kicked off of 30 Rock and how she and Tina processed feelings. Paraphrased - Rachel is a Pices and well. . . Tina is German. Really funny.
Rachel's funny yet serious discussion about contemplating motherhood in her late 30's, early 40's is absolutely on point. She really nails the fact that even though we are perceived as "self actualized" and "mature," . . . embarking on this journey is still absolutely nuts.
I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.
I will listen to it again because it is so refreshing and funny.
This book offers a look into an actor's life that I would not have thought. Rachel's life is more common to anyone of ours with one exception: she has an amazing sense of acceptance and humor. I laughed most of the book and never wanted it to end. I dragged it out for as long as I could but couldn't stop listening which made the book come to an end.
One of the best books I've ordered--maybe my second favorite overall.
Rachel Dratch might be famous and people might see her on the streets and recognize her, but this book makes her seem like a regular person. I know, I know - celebrities ARE regular people - but it never seems that way. As a childless woman of 31, Rachel's story really sinks home that it's never too late and that there's always hope. Not to mention her narration is hilarious.
I always ask myself, if I had to do it all over, would I listen to this again? Probably--at least the first half to two-thirds of the book. Once the book veers into life after Saturday Night Live, Rachel Dratch becomes one of us: out of work, looking for love, and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. I got a little annoyed with the assumption that she is somehow special toward the end of the book.
I would recommend the book for a couple reasons: It's an interesting take on how she got where she is now, and it is humorous.
One of the funniest aspects of the book was how she wove the question about "30 Rock" into the fabric of the entire book. I had forgotten that she was ever on the show, but clearly from her perspective, others have not.
Yes, laugh out loud in my car.
I really enjoyed Tina Fey's book Bossypants and am a huge 30 Rock fan. I was never really into SNL so was less familiar with Rachel Dratch. This book is really funny and a great listen. I have run it twice and am pretty sure I'll be listening to it again in the future.
Definitely. The book is lighthearted and funny enough to be enjoyable to listen to no matter what mood you're in, but definitely has some depth to it as well.
Rachel, of course. She narrates the book so well, I can't imagine I would have gotten the same experience just from reading it.
Besides seeing her on SNL, no, I have not heard any of her material. I took a chance with this audiobook and was extremely pleased.
There are some slightly serious moments that are moving related to reaching your dreams, failures, successes, relationships, etc., but mostly I was moved by the fact that even as a celebrity she introduced several relatable experiences. The "tiny pants" bit about women's universal behavior at baby showers was hilarious.... how she relates it to her own experiences with motherhood towards the end of the book is very moving. While I was listening I often thought, wow, Rachel has a lot of guts to share this much with the reader. I really admire her.
I would love to hear more!! She seems to have so many interesting stories from her vast experiences. I honestly just thought this would be a fun book to listen to, but I was really pleasantly impressed that I was engaged by different emotions (mostly whimsical and sarcastic humor, but some very poignant observations that are quite relatable).
Yes, feels like you are in the car with your best friend.
Baby F'in Nurse!
I laughed and cried, a great story!
Love the mix of SNL and her personal life. Very touching and honest.
"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.
"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?"
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