comedy calamities, dating disasters, and a midlife miracle
“it is very bad manners to invite people to dinner and not set a place for them”
this quote came from a documentary about canadian black schools, but it can apply to any number of things, like women in comedy. despite the fact that rachel dratch looks a lot like kevin mcdonald on the cover of this book, there are lots of hilarious and relevant moments in this book.
“These are pretty much the only parts I’m offered since I’ve been off SNL. Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometime secretaries who are lesbians. Usually much older than I am in real life. Usually about 100-200 pounds more than I am in real life.
I am offered solely the parts that I like to refer to as The Unfuckables.” (5)
“Amy Sedaris was this pretty little girl who would screw her face up into the ugliest expressions. I learned a lot from just watching her perform, because she was so fearless and bold in her choices….Amy Sedaris would play these little squirrel-like characters and goofy oddballs.” (34)
“I imagine we would both sign off on the statement that in dealing with feelings, she and I have different styles: I am classic Pisces, prone to sensitivity and emotions, and she is German.” (66) on Tina Fey
“I’d come to the middle of the desert expecting a spiritual experience, only to feel the kind of physical inadequacy usually reserved for seeing a Victoria’s Secret ad. Fantastic. Although I saw plenty of these hot chicks with impossibly high boobs and long legs, the men who seemed inclined to disrobe, much fewer in number, were all Haight-Ashbury throwbacks over the age of seventy with long beards and leathery skin. Where was the equity?” (72)