Girl Walks Into A Bar

Girl Walks Into A Bar

Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and A Midlife Miracle

Book - 2012
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'Rachel Dratch . . . I know that name . . .Yes, that's right, she was hilarious on Saturday Night Live!'

'Yeah! I haven't seen her on TV in a while. So . . . what happened to her?'

In Girl Walks into a Bar . . . , Rachel Dratch, the brains behind everyone's favourite party pooper, Debbie Downer (cue the trombone- WAAAH WAAAJ!), tells us just where she's been. After sharing her auspicious beginnings as a child performer (for her parents in their suburban Boston living room), Rachel takes us from her college improve days to the Second City Mainstage. And then, finally, her dream job on Saturday Night Live- the sublime joy of creating a hit character, the torturous late nights in the writing room, and plenty of boozy after-parties

But Rachel learns that showbiz ain't all glitz and glamour, shrimp cocktails and pinot grigio. After a short-lived part on 30 Rock, her career hits a low point and suddenly she has time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish-and the biggie- dating. Rachel reveals the joys and terrors of putting herself out there in a quest to find love and then becoming a mother when she least expected it-at the age of forty-four. She recounts the adventures of pregnancy and new motherhood once you've hurled What to Expect When You're Expecting out the window- breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single lady friends, romance and coparenting with her baby-daddy, John, and the awkwardness of an infant-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.

In Girl Walks into a Bar . . . reveals the highs and lows od struggling to make it as a comedian. But it is truly a story of second chances, managing to laugh at adversity, and realizing adversity, is actually the best thing that ever happened to you. It's a refreshing alternative to the 'happily ever after' story, full of sensitivity, candor, and plenty of comic relief, as only Rachel Dratch can tell it.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781592407118
Branch Call Number: 792.7028092 DRA NVD
Characteristics: 248 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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MplsTA
Jun 10, 2017

She is self deprecating without being depressing. She writes about the types of characters she is asked to play and about being typecast. My favorite is her Debbie Downer on SNL.

I was surprised to learn she had a child. She writes about unexpectedly getting pregnant and about becoming a mom. I would have liked to read more about her and her son and her experiences on being a mom. Maybe that will be the next book.

LPL_WilliamO May 13, 2016

Rachel Dratch is hilarious, and I love her willingness to put it all out there in this book. From her stint on SNL to dating in her late 30's to having a child in her early 40's, Rachel's story is honest and humorous. Check out the audiobook version, read by her - it's even better!

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ladybugg
Mar 29, 2015

Funny. Entertaining

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LT
Sep 13, 2013

I read a chapter or two, then skipped ahead to see if the author ever deviated from her slightly put-upon tone. Apparently she doesn't. I have compassion for Ms. Dratch, but in the segments that I read, she writes most often about being a depressed person. It takes a lot of sensitvity and creativity to capture the reader's attention in such circumstances, preferably with lashes of black humour thrown in. Self-pity is never attractive and seldom amusing.

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smichal
Dec 28, 2012

The first 2/3 of the book were terrific. I love to read about comedians working at SNL. I also enjoyed her dating misadventures (wow, red flags - guy wants to eat human flesh for real). Then for the last 1/3 of the book it was about meeting that guy and getting a baby by accident. Kind of gross.

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FlagrantMary
Jul 25, 2012

A sweet, self-deprecating account of Dratch's life and the surprises that occur. I really enjoyed this. Her writing voice is very funny and unique. I found myself rooting for her underdog tone.

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Cathy1123
Jul 01, 2012

Funny! My husband and I couldn't stop laughing!

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adelaideblair
Jun 16, 2012

This was a fun, light read. Perfect for summer. Not as funny as it could have been, but not bad.

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cmault
Jul 01, 2013

cmault thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over

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