The hilarious Rachel Dratch joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in the time of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, creating a trifecta of female comedy gold. After countless memorable skits in her seven-year SNL stint (Debbie Downer was a favorite character) she was cast in the pilot of Tina Fey’s 30 Rock, only to be replaced by Jane Krakowski.
Dratch recounts all of her ups and downs in showbiz in her new humorous, heartwarming and compulsively readable memoir, Girl Walks Into a Bar…Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle.
At What Address Would You Like to Live?
Maybe right on Gramercy Park, with a key to the park so I could stand inside and look at passersby through the fence and say “Mwah ha haaa! You can’t come in here!”
When Did You First Feel Like a New Yorker? What Happened?
I guess when I figured out the subway system—so after about eight years.
What Is Your Favorite Watering Hole for Lunch? For Dinner?
I like Good in the West Village for brunch. (Does this mean I get free lemon ricotta pancakes next time I go in there?)
For dinner, I always love going to Supper in the East Village. Love the vibe in that place, as well as the food.
What Part of the New York Lifestyle Can’t You Live Without?
That it’s open all night and that you know if you wanted to order food at two in the morning, you could.
What Is Your Most Memorable New York Moment?
Walking out of my apartment door and seeing a completely naked homeless man getting ready for his day in the driveway next door. Oh, is this is supposed to be a good memorable moment? Umm—my debut on SNL?
What Is Your Favorite New York Sound?
When the Jets and the Sharks get into a street fight and they sing it out.
What Was Your Worst-Dressed New York Moment?
Recently, I wore a red T-shirt and red hooded sweatshirt into the Duane Reade, and a woman in the aisle immediately asked if I worked there. That was probably a fashion low.
What Is Your Favorite Way to Get Around New York, and Why?
Walking, because you don’t have to deal with traffic jams and subway delays and you can strut down the street and sing “Stayin’ Alive” to yourself in your head as your own soundtrack. “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk….”
What’s Your Favorite Transportation Moment in the City?
That time I got to that place in a cab without having an anxiety attack.
What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Honestly, I’d want to be a therapist, and I think New York City is probably the therapy capital of the world…
This article originally appeared in the April 2012 edition of Avenue, avenueinsider.com.
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