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Rachel Dratch needs a job

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 7th 2008 4:22PM
rachel dratchI can't help but feel really sorry for Rachel Dratch. The comedian left Saturday Night Live two years ago for a role on 30 Rock. She played the original 'Jenna', but the network replaced her with Jane Krakowski, who made the role a lot ditzier than Rachel played it. After that, Dratch had a few guest parts on 30 Rock but we haven't seen her at all this season.

Evidently, she's not doing much these days. She told New York magazine that she's getting bored and, "I'm starting to go crazy. I'm ready for a job." The reporter for the magazine must've caught her on a bad day because she says she'd take a job in a "black-box theater company" at this point.

It's very sad, isn't it? Rachel had some great characters on SNL, including 'Denise' from Boston Teens and that person with the baby arm growing out of her head (oh yeah, she was Debbie Downer too, but I wouldn't call that "great"). She said that she recently hit a low point when Vanity Fair did a cover story on women in comedy--she wasn't listed or mentioned, but everyone she used to work with (i.e., Tina Fey, Amy Poehler) was included.

I wonder why she's not getting work. Do people not think she's funny? Or, is she not hot enough? Or, is it the last name-- "Dratch"?

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RockRobertson

Seriously, back down on the hate. And the ugly for that matter, she's making comedy faces all the time. Composed, she's kinda cute, leave alone her massive comedy skills. Like an 8th dimensional brunette Lucy from the future.

While it's true that H'wood hates women over 40, She has the skills to pay the bills. She'll be ok.

Much love to you Rachel girl, hang in there.

April 08 2008 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amber

She's a character actress and given her age, they don't write a lot of roles for eccentrics. She needs to age some to take the crazy old lady roles.

April 08 2008 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brendan

I've heard of playing the race card, but the ugly card? If Dratch is being blackballed because of her looks, then please explain Roseanne Barr, Rhea Perlman, Phyllis on "The Office," the housecleaner on "Two and a Half Men," etc. If it was all about looks, then why did "The Golden Girls" last as long as it did? Rachel is running out of excuses.

April 07 2008 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

There are too many funny people NOT on television and in the public spotlight, and too many people who are painfully unfunny but somehow everyone loves.

It's the nature of the world -- the masses rarely actually support the most talented people, and when it comes along, I consider it a miracle.

But yeah, she's not as hot as Poehler or Fey, either, so that doesn't help in a business like Hollywood.

April 07 2008 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carl

She is a very very funny lady. Ya'll need to back down with all the hate. That semi pro, anchorman dude has been phoning it in for like half a decade and nobody said a damn thing. people, she had a arm in her head...that that that right there is hilarious. youtube it .see for yourself

April 07 2008 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich

She's not hysterical by herself, but I'll bet she'd be good as half of a Laverne & Shirley, Hope & Faith type sitcom. What's Nicole Sullivan doing these days?

April 07 2008 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

I've always been a fan of The Dratch.

Don't forget Zazoo!

April 07 2008 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
YouFaceTheTick

She always reminded me of the Penguin from Batman.

April 07 2008 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edd

Feel rude for daying it, but she annoys the t*ts off me! Which is annoying as I hear Strangers with Candy is good.

April 07 2008 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

Whoa there. Dratch isn't part of 'Strangers with Candy'. You need to get on that business, 'cause that show is fantastic.

Anyway... On-topic: I don't find Dratch particularly amusing. None of her recurring SNL characters were any good. "Debbie Downer" was only funny when she screwed up.

April 07 2008 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jake

Well I don't think she's funny at all. And to be honest it doesn't surprise me she kind of faded away... how many women on SNL have really had a successful careers after leaving SNL? Jane Curtain and Tina Fey are the only two who come to mind. Molly Shannon to a lesser extent.

April 07 2008 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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nickmagoo

regarding women from snl other than fey or curtin...ever heard of a show called seinfeld with julia louis-dreyfus? but there aren't that many, to be sure...

April 08 2008 at 3:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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