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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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).
Thanks and respect to the women that served and paid a high price. You are still gorgeous Shi; your scars make you even more beautiful.
Rachel Dratch is not surprisingly, really funny in this autobiographical work as she takes us through her life and her career as an entertainer. Her misfit youth and the poor choices she invariably makes in choosing men that evidently began in the eighth grade. She takes us through her years as an undergraduate at Dartmouth, then the years she spent learning her craft working with the Second City comedy troupe. She covers her auditions for SNL and finally getting on the classic late night show as a cast member on the third try. Like most successful comics she has the ability to turn her pain into humor. She's able to describe some painful situations in a way that come off as humorous; though at times there is pain in her voice that belies the light touch she attempts to use throughout the book. An easy way to pass five hours; a pleasant and humorous listen.
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.
Rachel Dratch's telling of her life experiences is hilarious! She is very honest and sincere.
Tina Fey's memoir is similar and also hilarious.
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.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
I really thought I would enjoy this book more. I like the comedian herself, she is one of those innately funny ones that really needs to do very little to have your laughing in fits. Maybe I should listen to the book again (following her two times a charm trick) to see if it would work and I'll catch more of the humor the second time around.
The title itself wasn't 'unfunny', it will give you more laughs than the typical novel however I expected far more laughs. To use an analogy, you sign up for a full body massage and only get a neck and shoulder massage.... missing the back, thighs, legs, etc. It is pretty short though and it answers a lot of questions about the writer/narrator's life which fans of her will be satisfied hearing.
All in all, there are a number laugh out loud moments, just not as much as I would like. It was an ok listen though, not particularly hating it but not loving it either just kinda 'meh'.
Some key moments of insight, balanced by wry observation and moving honesty. As is fitting with a performer more attuned to improv, Girl Walks Into a Bar seems more studied than books written with the intent to provide laughs. Easy conclusions are not drawn, though the mess of human experience related herein is universally relatable.
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