Book Review: Girl Walks Into a Bar...
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
This was a great, comical, light read. The first half of the book is mostly about her career and what led her to SNL. (Did you know she was originally cast at Jenna on 30 Rock, before she was replaced by Jane Krakowski??) The second half of the book is about her surprise pregnancy after dating her boyfriend for 6 months. Dratch learns that a lot of things in her life weren't exactly planned, or happened the way she imagined they would. But, she has rolled with the punches every step of the way, and has taken life's surprises as the blessings that they are.