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 forty-four.
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 bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler-are truly having their moment.
Started out a little slow and wasn't sure if I was going to like it- but once she left the showbiz stuff and got into everyday life/dating/baby stories I was laughing out loud. Really enjoyed it!
Interesting but not great.
First and foremost, there is a sort of "echo" tone to the narrative, which I found annoying. Let's call that a technical issue. But Rachel's story (and her narrative of same) is interesting enough. She offers a very frank description of her insecurities, which I found a big surprising. She gives some insight into SNL. She is not the first SNL alum whose book I have read or heard, but she's the first to come across as "normal," someone who I wouldn't mind meeting and knowing. Best of all, she has no substance abuse issues. If you are looking for a big reveal, this book ain't for you. If you are looking for an honest narrative, go for it.
"Baby Shower part" cracked me up!
Get the audio book, She's great at voices. There's not way reading this will be as funny as hearing her act it out.