Girl Walks into a Bar . . .

Author: Rachel Dratch

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101579900

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 7919

In this side-splitting memoir, the former Saturday Night Live star recounts the hilarious adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it-at the age of forty-four. Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish-and dating. After all, what did a forty- something single woman living in New York have to lose? Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John. Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad. With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word. Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch's time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar... is a refreshing version of the "happily ever after" story that proves female comics-like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler-are truly having their moment.

Shakespeare Would Cry

Author: Alice Rell

Publisher: Lennex

ISBN: 9785458973748


Page: 44

View: 4528

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

Television Comedy and Femininity

Author: Rosie White

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1786726505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 7583

Can comedy on television harbour elements of gender transgression or subversion? If a man is permitted to be 'funny peculiar' – playing the underdog or misfit – does a woman seem stranger in his place? Mapping examples from British and American comedy television over the past 60 years, from I Love Lucy to The Big Bang Theory and Smack the Pony to Waiting For God, this book asks: are particular forms of television comedy gendered in specific ways? Paying attention to series which have not been addressed in academic work, as well as more established shows, White offers fresh insights for the fields of television studies, gender and women's studies, cultural history and comedy.

Saturday Night Live FAQ

Author: Stephen Tropiano

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1480366862

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

View: 1674



Author: Andrew Stott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134453973

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

View: 8128

This new edition of Andrew Stott’s Comedy builds on themes presented in the first edition such as focusing on the significance of comic 'events' through study of various theoretical methodologies, including deconstruction, psychoanalysis and gender theory, and provides case studies of a number of themes, ranging from the drag act to the simplicity of slipping on a banana skin. This new edition features: updates to reflect new research the field new chapters on Women in Comedy and Race and Ethnicity a broader range of literary and cultural examples. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book is ideal introduction to comedy for students studying literature and culture.

TV Finales FAQ

Author: Stephen Tropiano,Holly Van Buren

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1495046060

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 383

View: 5720

(FAQ). TV Finales FAQ is the first book devoted exclusively to television's most memorable series finales. From Mary Richards' heartfelt goodbye to the WJM-TV newsroom in the classic finale of The Mary Tyler Moore Show to the puzzling conclusion of the enigmatic adventure series, Lost , to the tumultuous final hours in the life of Breaking Bad 's Walter White, TV Finales FAQ takes an up close, insightful, and entertaining look at the most memorable final episodes of television's most popular prime time, daytime, and late night series. Crafting the final episode to a long-running television series can be challenging for producers and writers who want to remain faithful to the show's characters and history, yet, at the same time, satisfy the high expectations of its loyal fan base. TV Finales FAQ offers television viewers the inside story on the creation, broadcast, and aftermath of the most famous (and infamous) final episodes of over 50 television series from the 1960s through the present day. The books features such shows as Dexter , Roseanne , Will & Grace , X-Files , The Sopranos , and some classic talk and late-night programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson , and many others.

Amy Poehler

Author: Justine Ciovacco

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1499462581

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 114

View: 8872

Fans of theater and comedy will enjoy this write-up of comedian Amy Poehler, as it shows her growing up and being the cut-up in a relatively calm middle-class family, attending college as a communications major, and then joining the Chicago improv scene. The book goes on to describe Poehler’s stint on Saturday Night Live, her friendship with Tina Fey, and her intention to do more producing and directing. The book also notes that Poehler actively supports girls around the globe with her organization Smart Girls.

Jimmy Fallon

Author: Rebecca T. Klein

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1499462549

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 114

View: 7783

As the sixth host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon returned to New York City, his birthplace, and brought along many aspects that have defined his brand of comedy since audiences first met him on Saturday Night Live: improvisation, collaboration with other comedians, incorporation of music, and, most of all, his desire to make people smile. This insightful biography delves into Fallon’s childhood, early work in comedy, and rise to success, demonstrating how he maintains his sincere, optimistic nature and uses his craft to draw everyone, guests and viewers alike, into his joyful outlook.

Long Story Short

Author: Margot Leitman

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

ISBN: 1632170280

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 8397

A comedian and Moth veteran lays out useful tips and tricks for maximizing the impact of your stories—so you can nail it every time Do you ever wish you could tell a story that leaves others spellbound? Comedian, Upright Citizens Brigade storytelling program founder, and Moth champion Margot Leitman will show you how in this practical guide to storytelling. Using a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, Long Story Short breaks a story into concrete components. From content and structure to emotional impact and delivery, Leitman guides you through the entire storytelling process, providing personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises along the way. Using a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, Long Story Short breaks a story into concrete components. From content and structure to emotional impact and delivery, Leitman guides you through the entire storytelling process, providing personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises along the way.

Tina Fey

Author: Kathryn Harrison

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1499462573

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 7092

The multitalented Tina Fey has many credits to her name, including writer, actress, and producer. Even before breathing life into 30 Rock or earning critical acclaim for her impersonation of Sarah Palin, Fey was making waves as the first woman to serve as Saturday Night Live’s head writer. This absorbing volume takes a look at how the beloved comedian evolved into a multiple award-winning entertainment powerhouse and self-proclaimed Bossypants. Readers will learn how she balances the writing and performing aspects of her comedic career and how her comedy transformed political discourse. Convenient back matter summarizes pivotal life events, awards, and reviews.