Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

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by Rachel Dratch
     
 

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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?

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Tina Fey

“Rachel Dratch has written a memoir that is funny, honest and optimistic. It's like spending a delightful evening with Rachel, but in a format that allows you put her in your purse and enjoy her on the bus. (Rachel, I think Lynda Carter should play you in the movie and you should play your son.)”
Amy Poehler

"A hilarious look at how unpredictable and beautiful life can be. Like Dratch, Girl Walks into a Bar... is honest, surprising and always funny."
Sarah Silverman

"This is one of those books where a woman tells of her struggles with life and love. But here's the caveat: the struggles are hilarious and the woman is Rachel Dratch."
From the Publisher
“Ms. Dratch maintains a blunt, irreverent and gently jaded posture, party because of experience . . . [she] turns her setbacks into irreverent vignettes . . . . her book, which moves from tales of Second City and “Saturday Night Live” to an exploration of motherhood, convinces you that she has seen enough to justify a show business memoir.” — Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

"Ms. Dratch maintains a blunt, irreverent and gently jaded posture, party because of experience . . . [she] turns her setbacks into irreverent vignettes . . . . her book, which moves from tales of Second City and “Saturday Night Live” to an exploration of motherhood, convinces you that she has seen enough to justify a show business memoir." — New York Times

“Funny, honest, and optimistic. It’s like spending a delightful evening with Rachel, but in a format that allows you to put her in your purse and enjoy her on the bus.” —Tina Fey

“A hilarious look at how unpredictable and beautiful life can be. Like Dratch, Girl Walks into a Bar . . . is honest, surprising, and always funny.” —Amy Poehler

“[Girl Walks Into a Bar...] will take you away.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Dratch’s book is definitely funny, but it is her courage to speak openly about her struggle with dating, romance, and the Holy Grail of feminine culture—motherhood—that makes this work as unconventional as her path to both television stardom and maternity.” —The Huffington Post

“A hilarious and incisive view of her unexpected life trajectory.” —The Village Voice

"It's rare that you find a book so sharply funny yet deeply optimistic. I LOVED this book from start to finish. Rachel's stories are just so candid and honest- It was hard not laugh out loud- so I often did." —Mike Birbiglia, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepwalk with Me

"[Girl Walks Into A Bar...] will take you away."
— Janet Maslin, New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592407118
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/29/2012
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Funny, honest, and optimistic. It’s like spending a delightful evening with Rachel, but in a format that allows you to put her in your purse and enjoy her on the bus.” —Tina Fey

“A hilarious look at how unpredictable and beautiful life can be. Like Dratch, Girl Walks into a Bar . . . is honest, surprising, and always funny.” —Amy Poehler

“[Girl Walks Into a Bar...] will take you away.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Dratch’s book is definitely funny, but it is her courage to speak openly about her struggle with dating, romance, and the Holy Grail of feminine culture—motherhood—that makes this work as unconventional as her path to both television stardom and maternity.” —The Huffington Post

“A hilarious and incisive view of her unexpected life trajectory.” —The Village Voice

"It's rare that you find a book so sharply funny yet deeply optimistic. I LOVED this book from start to finish. Rachel's stories are just so candid and honest- It was hard not laugh out loud- so I often did." —Mike Birbiglia, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepwalk with Me

Meet the Author

Rachel Dratch is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and she went on to the Second City Mainstage before joining Saturday Night Live. She lives in Manhattan with her son, Eli.

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Girl Walks into a Bar ...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rachel is hysterical. She has a unique voice that is well suited for memoirs. I hope she does a follow up in a few years when she and her child are a little older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Drach has mad comedy skills but her writing far surpasses them. Her book is even better than the book of her friend and cast mate Tina Fey. And I loved Bossypants!
kaylinAZ More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Rachel Dratch. This book is a clever, open, funny look at the strange and wonderful things life has given to Ms. Dratch. She is so smart, and her observation and description of some of her life experiences are hilarious, touching, and very entertaining. I will be purchasing her next book, so I hope she has plans to write it.
BrandyJK More than 1 year ago
Rachel Dratch is your funny, wide-eyed, smart best friend who just happened to have a baby on accident. Lovely, funny, inside look from a very level-headed source for SNL fans, but also realistic, and heartwarming. Write more Rachel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had me in stitches.....she gives a brief background and review of her history with SNL, childhood etc. but then wham the comedy and laughs begine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want to read this book because it sounds so funny. It makes me crack up every time because it sounds like it could be an episode of SNL.
Chadsey More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of this book at work and kept laughing out loud and then had to read parts of the book aloud to explain. Coworkers now want to borrow it. Normally I am completely uninterested in memoirs, but the story of this geisha of comedy was great from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book immensely! Read it in 2 days
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A light and funny account of the comedians early beginings to present. Didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did.... Hope there are other books in her future; love her writing style.
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afton1 More than 1 year ago
Funny! Made me laugh out loud. Just about any women can connect to Ms. Dratch's life experiences in dating, love, carrier (we all may not be on TV but we struggle to find and do what we love.) Great Read!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick beach read - however I was expecting more humor along the lines of Bossypants. I think I could have done without reading this book.
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