Friday 28 April 2017

Review: Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachel Dratch

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.

Review: Ok so I am an SNL fan, but being in the UK when Rachel Dratch was on the show, I didn't really get to see her in her heyday. This, I think, was actually pretty useful going into this book because this book, she says so herself, is about what happened after SNL. I really enjoyed reading about a comedian I had heard some things about but not a great deal and her journey to stardom and then what happened when that stardom kind of ended. 

If you are a Rachel Dratch fan already then there is definitely something for you in this book. She tells of her beginnings in comedy and her background and does go into some of the SNL stuff. If you are a fan of the show, you will recognise her journey as being similar to so many other SNL stars. I really enjoyed hearing about how she got started but also how she struggled after the show ended. I particularly enjoyed hearing about the struggles that she had because of her gender or because of her look.

Rachel Dratch is an extremely funny writer and I listened to this one on audiobook so I got to hear her stories in her own words, told in her own way and that was definitely a bonus. I really enjoyed hearing her dating anecdotes and could definitely relate to some of the stories she had to tell. I would definitely recommend getting the audiobook on this one, whether you are a Rachel Dratch/SNL fan or not, it will be a funny, quick and entertaining read!

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