No one wants to read a book about someone who solicits sympathy from the reader. I never wanted to be that person who leaves ” It was a little bit of a bummer, but it wasn’t an earth-shattering event. It was all very innocent until you had to hide your large, red dildo, a gift from your sex-addict ex. I believe this, because you also call it a vibrator. DRATCH: Well, the telltale dildo sounded better than the telltale vibrator.
STOKES: I loved how after dating all these dysfunctional addicts, you end up meeting the father of your son at Shoolbred’s, a bar in the East Village. I think that’s very inspirational for women, especially those in their thirties and forties who are still worried about where they’re going to end up. Some people throw themselves into it and do the whole Internet thing. I have to say it will happen when you’re not looking, because I’m not really an active looker. [STOKES: How did you fit into the comedy world, being so innocent?
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. and it’s with Minnie Driver and Andrea Anders and I think it’s really funny so, we’ll see.
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 . Amy: You’re working on something new right now, tell us about that. Amy: So you’re working again, and now you’re working with a baby, and I know it’s kind of a cliché question, but how are you trying to balance it all?
I usually only start to write after rock-bottom periods, so I was sort of forced into it. Amy: When people do books once they’ve gained all this crazy amount of success and they look back and see what they’ve done right, how they’ve gotten there. Rachel: Well, the first thing that came to my mind on a practical level is Chicago because I love Chicago, and whenever I go back I’m like, this is so nice!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. You would have been an amazing silent film star; I’ve said this to you before. You’re a terrible liar; you can tell immediately when you’re actually lying. I think what was so cool about the book is you come from this perspective of someone who was not expecting to have children and you lived the life that a lot of single or childless people have, which is that they kind of have to deal with everybody else’s projection on them. ”And some women just have that engraved in their minds. But yeah, not much to answer because I don’t have that much to tell. How would you want people to explain this book to other people? Amy: Let’s read it out loud: “A hilarious look at how unpredictable and beautiful life can be. I feel like she’s creeping her way back on, though. Rachel: Well, here’s what I set out to do: I wanted it to be funny and I wanted people in similar situations to be able to relate.What follows is an edited transcript of their conversation. With a whiskey, and surrounded by the other books you’ve written? It’s a book for people who have kids and don’t have kids because there’s just so much to relate to, you really live both sides of it. And you know when I was growing up, I knew I wanted to have kids, but I knew I didn’t want to do it alone. Amy: And as the book goes on you find out, not to give too much away, but Rachel kind of has a chance meeting, a man walks into a bar and a girl walks into a bar, or a woman and a man walk into a bar, and his name was John and, um, later in the book…baby Eli is born! Amy: It’s interesting that people always want to ask you and me and a lot of working mothers, how do you do it? If someone was, like, “Rachel wrote a book,” how would you love to hear them explain it? It’s the book that when I was single, I was very anxious about the whole baby thing, and I would have liked to read this book. I should say a filet mignon and lobster tail, but it’d be New York pizza.I wrote those as a single lady writing weird stories. Rachel: And it also ended like I don’t know where stuff is going, and I wasn’t thinking I’m going to write a memoir, I was just thinking I want to tell that post-SNL baby story, with a strange, unexpected twist. In all those , you and I would for sure be downstairs.Amy: There’s so much stuff in the book about you working for SNL and then there’s lots about the post-SNL. We both have big, giant crazy blue googles–you put a brunette wig on me. Amy: If Oprah was still doing her talk show, what kind of question would you want her to ask you? Rachel: We should do a comedy version of Downton Abbey where we are the maids.