Saturday Night Live
Rachel Dratch was widely recognized as a cast member of the NBC classic late night live sketch comedy show, “Saturday Night Live” from 1999 to 2006. During her lengthy seven-year stint on the hit show, she delivered such memorable characters as Boston teen Denise, Nicole “The Girl with No Gaydar,” Virginia, the creepily amorous wife and “lover” to Professor Klarvin (Will Ferrell), junior high school student Sheldon, and depressed woman Debbie Downer.
Dratch also had a successful two-woman show called “Dratch & Fey,” alongside “SNL” head writer Tina Fey, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York in 2000. She also wrote, directed, and performed in the short film “The Vagina Monologues,” which premiered at the New York Comedy Film Festival in 2001.
Moviegoers could catch the 5' comic in the films "Martin & Orloff" (2002), "The Hebrew Hammer" (2003), "Down with Love" (2003), "National Lampoon's Barely Legal" (2003), "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" (2003), "Looking for Kitty" (2004), "Click" (2006), "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" (2007), and "Harold" (2008). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "My Life in Ruins," "Spring Breakdown," "Love N' Dancing," "Sweet Flame," and "Odd Brodsky."
Dratch has guest starred in such TV shows as "Third Watch," "Kim Possible," "Monk," "Frasier," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," "O'Grady," "Squidbillies," and "Assy McGee." She also played Denise Ruth Battaglia (2002-2004) on CBS’ Emmy-nominated sitcom "The King of Queens." After leaving SNL, Dratch played various characters on the critically-acclaimed NBC prime-time sitcom "30 Rock" from 2006 to 2007.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of Elaine, an energy director, and Paul Dratch, a radiologist, Rachel Susan Dratch was born on February 22, 1966, in Lexington, Massachusetts. Alongside her brother Daniel Dratch, who is now a writer, director, and producer, she attended Reform Judaism at Temple Isaiah.
Rachel attended Lexington High school in Massachusetts, where she divided her time between learning to play the cello and auditioning for school plays. She was a member of the improv comedy group the Dog Day Players while studying at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. In 1988, she graduated with a degree in Drama and Psychology. She also attended the National Theater Institute in the fall of 1986.
Dratch & Fey
Having been a huge fan of "Saturday Night Live" (SNL), Rachel Dratch headed to Chicago after graduation and honed in on her craft with Del Close at Improv Olympic. Meanwhile, she did various odd jobs to pay the bills, which included dressing up as Tweety Bird for a Warner Bros. Store.
The aspiring comedienne became a member of Chicago’s improv/sketch comedy troupe Second City, where she performed alongside future “SNL” head writers Adam McKay and Tina Fey, as well as future “30 Rock” performer Scott Adsit for several years. She eventually became a member of the Second City Mainstage and appeared in four revues: “Piñata Full Of Bees,” “Citizen Gates,” “Paradigm Lost,” and “Promisekeepers Losers Weepers.” During this time, Dratch also wrote and performed in her critically praised two-woman show with Tina Fey, “Dratch & Fey.”
In 1999, Dratch got her big break when she joined the cast of NBC’s classic late night live sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live.” The first person she did an impression of on the show was "Ally McBeal" star Calista Flockhart. She stayed with the show until 2006 and became the show's longest running female cast member and the first female cast member to have turned forty while on the show.
Meanwhile, in 2000, Dratch teamed up again with Fey to revive their two women show “Dratch and Fey” at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. That same year, she also appeared in a TV commercial for the American Plastics Council. The following year, she wrote, directed and performed in the short film “The Vagina Monologues,” which premiered at the New York Comedy Film Festival.
Rachel also acted in the films "Serious Business" (1999), "Martin & Orloff" (2002; with H. Jon Benjamin, David Cross, Andy Richter, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Janeane Garofalo), "The Hebrew Hammer" (2003; starring Adam Goldberg, Judy Greer, Andy Dick, Mario Van Peebles, and Peter Coyote), "Down with Love" (2003; starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor), "After School Special" (2003; starring Erik von Detten, Tony Denman, Sarah-Jane Potts, and Amy Smart), "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" (2003; starring David Spade), and "Home of Phobia" (2004; starring Sam Huntington and Marla Sokoloff). Additionally, she could be seen in the comedy movie "Looking for Kitty" (2004; starring Edward Burns, David Krumholtz, and Chris Parnell), the drama/thriller "The Pleasure Drivers" (2005; with Lauren Holly, Angus Macfadyen, Lacey Chabert, and Billy Zane), the romantic comedy "Her Minor Thing" (2005; alongside Estella Warren and Kathy Griffin), "Winter Passing" (2005; starring Zooey Deschanel), and the Academy Award-nominated film "Click" (2006; starring Adam Sandler). TV audiences could also catch Dratch guest-starring in an episode of NBC’s "Third Watch," Disney Channel’s animated series "Kim Possible," USA Network’s "Monk," and the NBC sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer, "Frasier." She also appeared in two episodes of the animated show "O'Grady" and "A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv" (2005; TV), a one-hour sketch comedy on Bravo.
From 2002 to 2004, Rachel played Denise Ruth Battaglia, the girlfriend of Patton Oswalt's Spence Olchin, on CBS’ Emmy-nominated sitcom "The King of Queens." She also voiced Alice Smashenburn, a cynical yet socially conscious 15-year-old, on the short-lived UPN computer-animated television series "Game Over" (2004).
After ending her seven-year tenure on “SNL,” Dratch joined Tina Fey for the critically-acclaimed NBC prime-time sitcom "30 Rock," in which she played various characters from 2006 to 2007.
Dratch recently appeared in the Dennis Dugan-directed romantic comedy movie starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" (2007), T. Sean Shannon's comedy movie starring Spencer Breslin, "Harold" (2008), and John Salcido's 31-minute short comedy starring Alastair Surprise, "Bill" (2008). She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of Adult Swim’s animated TV shows "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "Squidbillies," as well as in two episodes of the animated sitcom "Assy McGee."
Next, Dratch will appear in the upcoming films "My Life in Ruins," a Tom Hanks-produced romantic comedy directed by Donald Petrie that stars Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss, and "Spring Breakdown," a comedy by director Ryan Shiraki that Dratch also helped co-produce, co-write, and stars in (with Amy Poehler and Parker Posey.
Rachel will soon wrap up Robert Iscove's new romantic film "Love N' Dancing" alongside Amy Smart, Tom Malloy, and Billy Zane, Amy Hobby's upcoming comedy movie "Sweet Flame," starring Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Sisto, and Cindy Baer's quirky comedy film "Odd Brodsky," in which she will play the lead role of Audrey Brodsky, a lovable loser who quits her steady day job to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming an actress. She is also filming a new comedic TV movie called "The Consultants" alongside Marguerite Moreau and Rick Gomez.