Gilda Radner

SNL's Debbie Downer, On The Upswing

Comedienne Rachel Dratch dishes on dating disasters and an accidental pregnancy.

10/29/2013
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From her days as Boston Teen Denise “Zazu” McDonough to her recurring appearance as Debbie Downer on “Saturday Night Live” from 1999 until 2006, Rachel Dratch has amused millions. In 2012, after becoming pregnant by accident at nearly 44, she penned an autobiographical book, “Girl Walks into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle” (Gotham), about her journey from singlehood to motherhood and partnership with her baby’s father, John Wahl.

Former “SNL” cast member Rachel Dratch says she will raise her son “with Jewish influences.” Mary Ellen Matthews

The Gift and Fear of Having Healthy Parents

12/20/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

When my mother- and father-in-law brought up the subject of taking a family vacation over the winter school break, my husband Michael and I weren’t surprised. We have come to expect that we will be invited to join my in-laws someplace warm and tropical, where the only rule is that if you want a strawberry daiquiri, you have to swim up to the swim-up bar to get it yourself so that you get a little exercise.

Deborah Grayson Riegel
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