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Creator / Rachel Dratch

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Debbie Downer off the clock.
"If you have an impulse, not if you're going to ruin someone elses' scene, if you have an impulse of a funny little add-on or taking something in a weird direction, try it."

Rachel Susan Dratch (born February 22, 1966 in Lexington, Massachusetts) is an American actress, comedian and writer who broke out on the scene playing a number of memorable characters on Saturday Night Live, the most famous being the perpetually frowning Debbie Downer.

Her autobiography Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle was published in 2012.




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Tropes which apply to Rachel Dratch's works:

  • Approval of God: She impersonated Sen. Amy Klobuchar on SNL during the 2020 primary election, to Klobuchar's amusement and wholehearted approval.note 
  • Inspiration for the Work: According to Dratch Debbie Downer was inspired when she was on vacation in Costa Rica and in a conversation with a woman she met told her she lives in New York to which the woman immediately asked her if she was there for 9/11.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: Played the security guard in the Sesame Street special The Cookie Thief.
  • What Could Have Been: Originally played Jenna for the Pilot of 30 Rock before NBC executives forced Tina Fey to cast Jane Krakowski. Dratch famously appears as various characters across the series as part of a Writer Revolt by Fey.

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Debbie Downer

The Debbie Downer skit goes completely off the rails. And the audience is here for it!

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