Girl Walks Into a Bar is an explanation to the question Rachel often gets: “What are you doing now? Why don’t I see you on TV anymore?” First, she tells the story of how she got to be on SNL, which is unsurprisingly is a lot like Tina Fey’s experience, except Tina was a writer first. Unlike Tina, Rachel’s story takes a different turn after SNL. Where Tina went on to create her own show and host the Golden Globes, Rachel spent a lot of time waiting for the phone to ring.
Instead of focusing on her not-career, Rachel tells dating anecdotes, which are more cringe worthy than funny. Probably the best parts of Girl Walks Into a Bar are her pregnancy and parenting tales. Rachel met a nice guy, things were going along very well, until after 6 months of dating, she found out she was pregnant. This wasn’t something she expected at 44 years of age. Now she was bound to this guy she didn’t know all that well. For his part, John, her boyfriend, moved across the country to be close to her and the baby. She could have done way worse!
|She thought this line would jinx her.|
I found the beginning parts of Girl Walks Into a Bar to be on the dry side, but by the end I had warmed up to Rachel. In fact, I really wished she had told more parenting stories. She was getting into her groove at that point and then just stopped. I came away liking Rachel a lot more than I did before. I had seen her on shows in small roles here and there and always enjoyed her but now, like on Sunday when I heard her voice on Bob’s Burgers, I’ll say to myself, “Oh that’s Rachel! Good for her, she found some work!”
About the Audio: Rachel narrates the book herself. I like when memoirists do this. It makes the reading much more personal. It was like having a friend catching you up on all the stuff that’s happened to her since you last met.