Rachel Dratch has a good reason to be cheesed off at her pal Tina Fey. Dratch left a lengthy stay with Saturday Night Live to star in Fey’s sitcom 30 Rock. She was going to be the original Jenna Maroney, instead she was replaced by the more TV-attractive Jane Krakowski. Dratch’s consolation prize was a multi-character stint on the show that was eventually phased out.
Instead of being angry or vile, Dratch is understanding and diplomatic. This potentially prickly tale takes up only a little bit of her memoir Girl Walks into a Bar…Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle. Instead of being a first-hand account of the backstage of SNL, Dratch’s book deals primarily with her love life and eventual pregnancy. Because of this, Dratch’s book has the unintended consequence of being rather dull.
Dratch is a funny lady, and she peppers her book with some fun quips. It’s telling that the most interesting parts of the book are her accounts of her career. The dominating theme of her book is her quest for love, and while well written, it’s not all that fascinating. This could be because aside from being a talented and attractive comedienne, there is little that separates Dratch from other women her age. Going through anecdotes of disastrous dates as well as various stages of her pregnancy, the reader will often find herself saying “Who cares?” and “so what?”
As evident in her show biz stories, there are some fantastic humor essays lying dormant in her mind. Her frank and honest self-assessment of her position in Hollywood as well as her biting take on casting directors’ views of her prove that if Dratch wants to, she can craft a topical, relevant book on par with Fey’s fantastic Bossypants. While not an incredibly wowing debut, it does show promise.
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