Thursday, May 17, 2012
"Girl Walks into a Bar" Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle
In "Girl Walks into a Bar"...Rachel Dratch, the brains behind everyone's favorite party-pooper, Debbie Downer, 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 improv 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 pino 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 44.
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 aw 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.
"Girl Walks into a Bar"...reveals the highs and lows of 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.