Girl Walks Into A Bar
Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and A Midlife MiracleBook - 2012
'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.
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