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...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.When Dratch was performing with improv comedy troupe Second City in Chicago, her understudy was an up-and-comer named Amy Poehler, who would go on to perform with Dratch on SNL and star in NBC’s Poehler first saw Dratch on stage and was struck by her comedic ability.“I thought Dratch was the funniest person in the room,” she said, “keeping up with all of the guys while still being herself.We hit it off instantly, and we went on to become lovers, and then finally, we’re just friends.” Last week, Poehler interviewed Dratch and asked her friend about why she wrote her memoir now, their children’s future plans, and whether she’s seen a ghost, among other topics.What follows is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 19 knows Rachel Dratch. After all, what did a forty- something single woman living in New York have to lose?
Rachel: I wasn’t like, “Oh, I’m going to write a book,” it was more that I wasn’t really working much and I’d be pissed if I was wasting my time.
I usually only start to write after rock-bottom periods, so I was sort of forced into it.
And then about a year after that, the whole pregnancy happened, with all the crazy circumstances, so then it was this is now the real wacky story.
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.star Rachel Dratch—the rubber-faced comedian behind Debbie Downer and Abe Scheinwald, to name two of her creations—comes clean about growing up, life behind the scenes on SNL, what happened with 30 Rock, dating possible cannibals, and her life now that she’s in her forties and a first-time mother.