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Girl Walks into a Bar . . .

Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

The former SNL star recounts the adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mom 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 as a female comedian at a low point, she suddenly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish—and dating. Dratch reveals the joys and terrors of putting herself out there in a quest to find love and then becoming a mother in an undreamed-of way. With riotous humor, she recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and romance and coparenting with her baby-daddy, John.

Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch’s time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar . . . is a funny book with a refreshing version of 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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“Ms. Dratch maintains a blunt, irreverent, and gently jaded posture, partly 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

“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


About the author

Girl Walks into a Bar is Rachel Dratch’s first book. She plans on writing a twenty-volume set about her life, though, and selling it door-to-door like encyclopedias. She lives in New York City.


“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

“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 and incisive view of her unexpected life trajectory.”

The Village Voice

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