Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle Read Online Free - 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.
|Title||:||Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle|
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November 21, 2016
I stopped watching SNL after the original cast trickled away, so this woman's years on that show meant nothing to me.
It was during one of the early episodes of 30 Rock that I first noticed her playing a cat wrangler.
It was a small part, played by a small actress, and yet . . . I notic...
April 12, 2012
One of the better comedy memoirs that I've read in a while. I read it cover to cover on a flight today and had to suppress a few chuckles while me seat mates squirmed uncomfortably. Dratch is such a grounded person that it makes it all the more satisfying that she's found a comedy career. Her lik...
February 17, 2015
I would probably give this book a 2.5 instead of a 2, if that were possible. I found the first half of this book more interesting than the latter half. Mostly, I think my problem is that I found Dratch less and less relatable as I moved further into the book. I can relate to struggling to do well...
August 18, 2014
This book was recommended to me by Amazon when I pre-ordered Amy Poehler's Yes Please. It was cheap for a new hardcover book plus it was authored by one of my favorite SNL ladies. I don't regret buying it.
You may remember Dratch from her various sketches on Saturday Night Live, such as:
May 23, 2017
She somehow out-Bridgets Bridget (Jones that is), with the uncanny ability to also out-Carrie Carrie B.
Dratch is a New Yorker--a woman who has done her share of looking for Mister Right, although in a less cutesy, more down to earth way. I love HER!!!!
The hierarchy of comediennes-gone-literary g...
April 09, 2012
I've always had a soft spot for Rachel Dratch because she's not the "traditional" actress-type. Plus, she's always funny as hell and willing to go the extra mile for a laugh. She's relatable, I always thought, because she seems real.
Turns out that I was right. Her memoirs have no tragic reveals a...
December 24, 2012
Sometimes it's hard to rate completely different types of books on the same rating scale. It's like comparing a fast food restaurant to an expensive restaurant. Of course the food is likely to be better in the expensive restaurant but you're paying more for it so your expectations are higher. Som...
October 23, 2015
Meh. It was OK. Not anything I would write home about. I've started Tina Fey's Bossypants and it's already better in just the first few chapters.
The sections about showbiz and SNL were kind of interesting. Her observations about dating were nothing new but were mildly amusing. The most compelling...
March 16, 2016
Gosh darn it, I really wanted to like Rachel Dratch's book. Hubby and I still quote from her SNL Debbie Downer character, including those trombone sounds heralding another one of her super negative, inappropriate pronouncements. Her scene with Lindsay Lohan and a number of cast members where they...
April 26, 2015
I have been working my way through the audiobook memoirs of former SNL women and Rachel Dratch's book was entertaining. I zoned out in the last hour or ninety minutes or so because it was pretty much blah blah blah motherhood, just not anything I cared much about honestly. I appreciated her persp...