Rachel Susan Dratch is an American actress, writer, and comedian. Born in Lexington, Massachusetts, to a radiologist and a transportation director, she studied theater at National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center after completing her high school education. Dratch then majored in drama and psychology from Dartmouth College in 1988 before starting her acting career. Her breakthrough came in 1999 when she joined the cast of NBC’s popular television show ‘Saturday Night Live,’ in which she appeared till 2006. In 2012, she came up with her autobiographical book titled ‘Girl Walks Into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle’. At the age of 44, Dratch gave birth to her first child, son Eli, with her partner John Wahl, a consultant in the natural foods industry. Currently, the couple resides with their kid in New York City.
Childhood & Early Life
Rachel Susan Dratch was born on February 22, 1966 in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA, to Paul Dratch, a radiologist, and Elaine Ruth, a transportation director. She has a younger brother named Daniel who is a writer and producer. She is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent.
She initially studied at Hebrew school and William Diamond Middle School. She later graduated from Lexington High School in Massachusetts.
In 1986, she enrolled at National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Two years later, she earned her degree from Dartmouth College, majoring in drama and psychology.
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In 1999, Rachel Dratch joined the cast of NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’. During her tenure at the show, she played various characters, most notably of a depressed woman named Debbie Downer and Denise, a Boston teen.
From 2002 to 2004, she played Denise Ruth Battaglia in the sitcom ‘The King of Queens’ and had a regular voice role in the animated series ‘Game Over’. During this time, the actress also featured in a handful of films including ‘Martin & Orloff’, ‘The Hebrew Hammer’, ‘Down With Love’ and ‘Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.’
She joined the cast of the satirical television sitcom ‘30 Rock’ in 2006. That year, she also had a role in ‘Click’, a science fantasy comedy movie directed by Frank Coraci and produced by Adam Sandler, who also featured in the lead role.
Dratch lent her voice to various characters in the animated sitcoms ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’, ‘Squidbillies’ and ‘Assy McGee in 2008. In 2009, she wrote, produced and starred in the comedy movie ‘Spring Breakdown’ as Judi Joskow alongside Amy Poehler and Parker Posey.
In 2010, she lent her voice to various characters in the animated series ‘Fish Hooks’. Soon after this, she appeared in a character role in the film, ‘That's My Boy’, a satirical dark comedy about an alcoholic slacker who fathers a son with his teacher as a teenager.
During 2013 and 2014, Dratch appeared as Principal Barker in two episodes of ‘The Middle’ and voiced the characters Tom Boy/ Joyce Mandrake in the adult animated series ‘The Awesomes’.
In the 2010s, she also performed on stage, in the play ‘Love's Labour's Lost’ at The Public Theater and appeared in the drama films ‘Syrup’ and ‘A Little Game’.
She played various roles in ‘Tail! Spin!’, an Off-Broadway production that premiered at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in 2014-15
In 2016, the actress was cast as Deborah Ward in Matt Kugelman’s comedy flick ‘Hurricane Bianca’. She later reprised the role in the movie’s sequel ‘Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia with Hate,’ which released two years later.
In 2017, she had a lead voice role in ‘Imaginary Mary’, a live-action/animated fantasy drama. The same year, she also appeared in the series ‘Angie Tribeca,’ ‘Great News,’ and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.’
Rachel Dratch was a part of the mainstage cast of a comedy troupe named The Second City for four years. She earned the Joseph Jefferson award under the category of ‘Best Actress in a Revue’ for two revues in which she performed: ‘Promisekeepers, Losers Weepers’ and ‘Paradigm Lost.’
Family & Personal Life
In 2009, Rachel Dratch met consultant John Wahl in a bar and started dating him. On August 24, 2010, she gave birth to their son, Eli Benjamin.