Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachel Dratch Mini-Review


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 onSNL, 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.

This book was a suggestion to me by Goodreads because I read and liked Bossypants by Tina Fey.  This book is very similar in that it’s the autobiography of a smart, funny woman who spent years on Saturday Night Live.  But this is also a story about a woman who, after she thought she would never meet the right man and have a family of her own, becomes pregnant at 44, and all the things leading up to this.

I am a big fan of biographies, but it’s usually in the form of television documentaries courtesy of the Biography channel. I’m not big on reading biographies.  I liked this one because I knew it would be light hearted and funny and I was right.  It completely sucked me in. I didn’t want to put it down and could have possibly read it in one day if I hadn’t started reading it in the pick up line at school at 3:00.

Bottom line: Funny, smart, Rachel is an interesting woman with a lot of funny stories.  She addresses what happened to her starring role on 30 Rock and the crap roles she’s offered because she’s not the traditional Hollywood beauty.  She’s never bitter or plays the victim, but she’s optimistic and hopeful, but also keeps putting herself out there despite the strange people who gravitate towards her.  Read it.  It didn’t get any of Fey’s publicity, but it’s a well-told story by someone who deserves more credit.



5 thoughts on “Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachel Dratch Mini-Review

  1. C September 4, 2013 at 7:16 am Reply

    She is someone who intrigues me, for the reasons you listed. Sounds like a good read 🙂

  2. Candice September 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Wait, Rachel Dratch wrote a book? Must get this one nowwwwww! I’m glad you enjoyed this one! 🙂

  3. Lucy September 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm Reply

    I love these humorous memoirs, and have been meaning to pick this one up. GR probably recommends Mindy Kaling’s bio to you as well – also funny! Glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks for the rec!

    • Daphne September 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm Reply

      ooh, good idea, I need to pick up that Mindy Kaling book.

  4. bookgoonie September 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Sounds great. I don’t read biographies or nonfiction, but I think I’d like this too.

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