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.
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So candid, you can't help cheering her on
Rachel, thanks for sharing your story so openly. You definitely know how to put your funny "spin on it!" I recommend this book to anyone who has ever wavered in their self-esteem, which should pretty much be everyone.
Compared to the Great Gatsby...
Faulty comparison, I know, but I never read these kinds of books and only came across it searching iTunes for SNL Season 25. This was my wake up Saturday morning, not ready to get out of bed activity. I enjoyed the development of the story leading to the finale. I read less carefully in the last 100 pages, but prior to that I read every word. Solid, heartfelt storytelling as a foundation with great comedic delivery when expected. You could almost see 'platoon buddies' performed onstage by Dratch and Poehler. Again, not dissing it with a 4, enjoyed it and learned some new things about Ms. Dratch. Particularly post-snl woes. Fun read. Great for Saturday morning. Relevant and well-written. Thank you Ms. Dratch! You're a champ!
Really enjoyed this. Very entertaining and made me laugh out loud at times. I feel like I know Rachel now. We both have fabulous gay best friends, get mistaken as lesbians, and know what it's like to stumble upon parenthood. Men may not relate to his book as well as women but I loved it. Someone said "not as funny as Tina Fey's book". Ouch. Like comparing apples and oranges. Great read.