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
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The letter from Doug.
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Both! There were some really funny parts and some parts that made me shed a tear.
I just finished the audio book. It is SO funny! It’s open & honest with a slight edginess. It’s that edginess that is it’s GREATEST charm. Listening to Rachel's easy conversational style, I get the feeling that I’m hanging out, (at a bar, of course, with a couple of glasses of Pinot) talking to an old friend.
This is a genuine laugh out loud listen. New Zealands State Highway one echoed to my laughter as I drove my truck through the night. I have recently suffered some personal trauma and this listen was much better than any drug to put me back on top and the colour back into life. Rachels Dratch's self effacing honesty and wry observations left me wanting more. Please write another to bring us up to date Rachel. Im keeping this one as an antidote to any future depression. My only criticism, and its a minor one, is that you read a bit fast which can detract.
Funny, Funny & Heartwarming
Rachel of course.
Was not aware that she has read or written other books. I loved her voice and would listen to her read menu.
Yes, and could have if I had not started so late at night and needed to get to bed.
I have a feeling I will listen to this again and again over the next few years. It was just really that enjoyable of a book.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
This is the most human "Hollywood" story I've ever heard. While we like to pretend that talent and fortitude will always win out, we know when we say it that's not necessarily true. And this story of someone trying and succeeding and failing and trying and getting depressed and trying some more just hits home with sincerity and comic timing that is flawless. Could not have been performed by anyone else, and reminds us that maybe, just maybe, talent IS enough to get us to prevail.
Just all of Rachel's awkward moments, from being offered nothing but lesbian roles, to accidentally ending up on a date with a gay guy.
The email from her baby's uncle-to-be. I was crying on the subway.
I was pretty amused by all the metaphysical stuff. For example, when she went to see a channeler who becomes Kendra, the vaguely Indian-sounding spirit guide.
Yes, it was very engaging.
I have to admit, I was initially more interested in the show biz/SNL part, which is really only the first, say, 15% of the book. But it was so entertaining and such a sweet story that I got sucked into the rest of it.
Yes. Dratch read it herself, and her voice is familiar, warm, and normal. It makes it seem like she's just a friend with a crazy life that is telling you her story rather than a person trying to project an image of themselves onto an audience.
Interestingly enough, the book sucked me in with the 30 Rock stuff, but I became much more interested in her life and her relationship and child.
Comedy, dialect, and I imagine she read it the way she wanted it to be read in my head.
I laughed a lot. I had to pull over one time in order to laugh properly when she called herself a neurotic jew.
Rachel Dratch is one of those comedians SNL fans love because she is unique and an amazing sketch performer. She has a wildly normal personality, and it shows through in this book. I found myself relating to her, to her journey and struggle as a student, actress, and adult. I feel like now if I ever met her in real life I would have a hard time drawing personal boundaries because this book gave me a real insight to her personality, which, in my head, makes us friends.
Found this book entertaining, funny and interesting. I love that Rachel narrates the book - her voice really makes the story come alive. I would definitely recommend.
I enjoyed it and listened to it in 2 days.
the overall tone of the book. She is so adorable and likeable and relatable. I think that is her strength. I'd like to see her focus more on that and she is really good at doing audiobooks. doesn't sound like she is reading from a script
I read People magazine, so I knew how this story ended. Yet I couldn't stop listening because I wanted to find out what happened next in this hilarious and well-written memoir.
I was afraid that once she finished writing about her Second City and SNL experiences that the book might drag. But I enjoyed the stories about how she met her "baby Daddy" and the eventual birth of her son just as much as the showbiz stories.
I also thought that no memoir could make me laugh as hard as Tina Fey's memoir. But this one is just as funny and Dratch reads it beautifully. It's a hilarious, yet touching and sweet story that I highly recommend!
One more thing: I usually can't listen to audiobooks when I drive because they lull me to sleep. But this one kept me wide awake and left me wanting more when I finished it. I hope she'll write a sequel!
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.
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