It’s been a little more than 10 years since Rachel Dratch left Saturday Night Live, and we’ve missed her dearly ever since. Luckily, the Lexington native is back in our lives in a big way — Dratch stars alongside Jenna Elfman in a new ABC comedy series Imaginary Mary, which premieres this Wednesday (March 29) at 7:30 p.m., and she’ll be appearing at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge April 23 as part of the Women in Comedy Festival.
The Brattle’s “In Conversation with Rachel Dratch” finds the comedian and actress paired up with Happier Valley Comedy’s Pam Victor, and the discussion will be taped as an episode of Victor’s Conversations with Funny Feminists podcast.
Here’s the event description: “Join Pam Victor (Happier Valley Comedy, Co-author of Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ and Dave Book) for an in-depth interview with Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) as they discuss all aspects of comedy and gain insight into the creative process and Rachel’s work from Second City to Saturday Night Live and beyond. We’ll open up questions from the audience in the latter part of the interview, so get your questions ready!”
From her new TV series, old SNL stories, and anecdotes from her 2012 memoir Girl Walks Into A Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, Dratch should have no shortage of material to discuss. If all that fails, for some reason or another, she can always tell stories about her mom trying to make reservations at a Chipotle in Boston. Dratch relayed that story recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
“About 10 years ago, my parents and another couple were going to the theater in Boston, they were looking for a place to eat beforehand, and apparently there was a new Mexican restaurant that had opened called Chipotle,” she tells Meyers, transcribed by Boston Magazine. “And my mom called up Chipotle to make reservations.”
Needless to say, things didn’t end well. Watch the clip below.