Lexington Native Rachel Dratch Signs Books at BJ's

The former SNL cast member signed copies of her new book at BJ's in Northborough.

"I went home and immediately peed on a stick. I'd never done this before, never even had a scare. I wasn't even the least bit nervous about the outcome. Three minutes later, I went back to check the results. With no ceremony, no heart racing, no slooow lifting of the stick, ready to check off  my list as a possibility. Two lines... pregna_...WHAT? And then, my heart did start racing. I began to pace around the apartment and speak aloud to myself, 'Ohmygodohmygodohmygod!'"

Best known for characters such as "Debbie Downer" on Saturday Night Live, Rachel Dratch said after her run on SNL, which ended in 2006, the parts didn't come in as much.

She had never written a book before, but a mix of the dating scene—and getting pregnant—in her mid 40s rolled out a plot to her rather effortlessly. And she had all the time to write it.

Dratch, on a booksigning tour with only two stops in the Boston area, met with fans and signed copies of Girl Walks into a Bar at on Tuesday.

"I drove down from Brighton to meet her and have her sign it," said Monica Griffin." I'm a big fan."

Dratch, who was headed for a signing in Coolidge Corner in Boston, said of her first book, "Well, the working thing was slowing down. And I got this crazy plot twist that I was pregnant at age 44. It's about post-SNL life, but there is a chapter about SNL ... a show biz section."


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