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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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Rachel Dratch :)

Would you consider the audio edition of Girl Walks into a Bar... to be better than the print version?

I can't be sure because I only have the audio, but I can say for certain that it is worth reading/listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl Walks into a Bar...?

How Rachel describes her life in general. It was very interesting to see that perspective of show biz and the life of a "plain girl."

What does Rachel Dratch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice helped establish certain tones in the text.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Rachel just becomes fully accepting of herself, her values and what she has.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book because it was refreshing to "hear" the voice of a woman who is usually looked over due to her lack of "looks" and focus on her personality. Her sense of humor is great to and i really appreciate people like her that don't need others to justify their existence. She is who she is and she's funny. Take it or leave it :))

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Love it. Need to see Rachel on t.v. again.

in her own words Rachel fills the listener in on her life after SNL and 30 Rock. I hope she does a follow up book.

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Lots of Fun! Great Audiobook

Would you consider the audio edition of Girl Walks into a Bar... to be better than the print version?

This is a must for the audio version versus the print version. When she's telling her own story she's passionate and hilarious. Her characters, her quips and jokes are so much better when she's voicing it.

What did you like best about this story?

The first half of the book, about her life leading up to SNL and her work is lots of fun. She shows a lot of heart and fun in her telling of her pregnancy and private life as well.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the whole account of her SNL days

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud a number of times. She shows a lot of heart.

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Loved it!!!!

Poignant, funny and worth listening to. Highly recommend. Tme flew. You'll love it, too! Loved her on SNL

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Short, Delightful Listen from Down-to-Earth Comic

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to the whole book in one long car ride. Loved stepping into Dratch's world. She's smart, laugh out loud funny, and can break your heart.

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Great narrator

Rachel could have a new career in narration. She is very warm and easy to listen to. Interesting listen.

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A Human Celebrity

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I wish more people would read this book b/c it is both funny and genuine. This is one of the few times that a celebrity opens herself up enough to seem like an actual human being instead of someone trying to sell you some spin.

What other book might you compare Girl Walks into a Bar... to and why?

Like Tina Fey's memoir but somehow a little more personal.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I thoroughly enjoyed some of her accounts of new mommy drudgery.

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Fun!

Quirky fun! I enjoyed every bit. Learning about Rachel and her life and her stint on SNL, it was as if I already knew her and was reading about a friend.

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  • Lauren
  • Fullerton, CA, United States
  • 08-17-15

Bright and Hopeful

I've read Fey and Poehler's books and now the trifecta is complete with Dratch's insightful book. I finished this book in 1 day and was never bored from the stories, anecdotes, and life lessons Dratch tells.

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Rachel Dratch SNL SNL SNL 😂😂

Loved this book one of my best reads yet.
Rachel is an awesome narrator one.
I will definitely listen to another Rachel Audiobook