Rachel Dratch Talks About Her New Book & Her Post-'SNL' Life

The Saturday Night Live alum talks to iVillage about her career low point and making a comeback with her memoir, Girl Walks into a Bar...

Comedienne Rachel Dratch is most often recognized from her time on Saturday Night Live, where she played a slew of wacky characters, including always-a-bummer friend Debbie Downer.

But after leaving SNL in 2006, Dratch admittedly found her career at a bit of low point. After being recast in the pilot of 30 Rock (she was supposed to play the part of Jenna Maroney, now played by Jane Krakowski) the 46-year-old funny lady found the only roles she was being offered were as "lesbians, secretaries and sometimes secretaries who are lesbians."

Good news, though: Dratch took this down time to start writing short stories that would eventually be turned into her new memoir, Girl Walks into a Bar..., which is in stores today. In the memoir, she gives readers an insight into her life both before, during, and after SNL, and reveals the sometimes-too-real details of having a "wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child" as a single woman living in New York City.

Watch her talk about the experience and play a round of Likes or Yikes? with iVillage's Jacki Garfinkel and Pat Sandora.


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