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May 6, 2022
Rachel Dratch Quick Info
Height5 ft
Weight56 kg
Date of BirthFebruary 22, 1966
Zodiac SignPisces
Eye ColorBlue

Rachel Dratch is an American actress, comedian, and writer who had first taken a spot in the show business industry when she joined the NBC’s hit night-live variety show Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 1999. Her career quickly progressed into making notable guest appearances on various television shows and movies including The King Queens, 30 Rock, Click, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

Added on her list of notable television appearances were Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Ugly Betty, Inside Amy Schumer, Monk, Frasier, Wizards of Waverly Place, and The Middle. Following her many onstage and onscreen exposure, both as an actress and a theater performer, Dratch also had her chance to publish a memoir, Girl Walks Into A Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle on March 19, 2012. In her narrative, she recounts her participation in the 30 Rock pilot episode which highlighted the birth of her first child.

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Born Name

Rachel Susan Dratch

Nick Name


Rachel Dratch during the 2012 Tribeca Film FestivalRachel Dratch during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Rachel Dratch during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (David Shankbone / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Lexington, Massachusetts, United States


New York City, New York, United States





Rachel Dratch went to Hebrew School and became a fully-grown member of the Jewish circle.

She went to William Diamond Middle School and later graduated from Lexington High School in Massachusetts.

In 1986, she enrolled at the National Theater Institute situated at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

In 1988, Rachel finished Dartmouth College wherein she took up Drama and Psychology and became a part of the improvisational theater comedy group Said and Done.”

Not too long after she graduated from college, she went on to study improvisational theater at The Second City and ImprovOlympic, which are both based in Chicago, Illinois.

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Actress, Comedian, Writer


  • Father – Paul Dratch (Radiologist)
  • Mother – Elaine Ruth Dratch (née Soloway) (Transportation Director)
  • Siblings – Daniel Dratch (Younger Brother) (Television Producer, Writer)
  • Others – Benjamin Dratch (Paternal Grandfather), Clara Kahn (Paternal Grandmother), David Soloway (Maternal Grandfather), Golde Hoffman (Maternal Grandmother)


Paradigm Talent Agency




5 ft or 152.5 cm


56 kg or 123.5 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Rache has dated –

  1. John Wahl (2009) – Rachel met California-based consultant John Wahl in 2009 in a bar and started dating. He also happens to be the biological father of her only child, Eli Benjamin who was born on August 24, 2010. Rachel and John separated later on.
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Rachel Dratch in a selfie with an SNL castmate in 2018Rachel Dratch in a selfie with an SNL castmate in 2018
Rachel Dratch in a selfie with an SNL castmate in 2018 (Rachel Dratch / Twitter)

Race / Ethnicity


She has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Bright blue eyes

Brand Endorsements

Rachel has appeared in advertisements for American Plastics Council (2000), Ruby Tuesday, etc.



Best Known For

  • Her appearance on NBC’s mega-hit television show Saturday Night Live (SNL)
  • Her film roles in Click (2006), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), and Just Go With It (2011)
Rachel Dratch in a selfieRachel Dratch in a selfie
Rachel Dratch in a selfie (Rachel Dratch / Twitter)

First Film

In 1999, Rachel Dratch landed a supporting role as Jude Russell in the movie Serious Business.

First TV Show

In 1999, Rachel joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (SNL), and from 2004 to 2015, she played a fictional character named Debbie Downer.

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Her journey with Saturday Night Live only lasted for 7 years from 1999 to 2006, but she has made numerous cameos in the years 2010, 2011, 2017, and 2018.

Personal Trainer

Rachel is among the many celebrity comics trained by celebrity fitness trainer and actress, Irene Bremis.

Rachel Dratch Favorite Things

  • Tourist Spot – Cape Cod, Mass
  • TV Network – Bravo
  • TV Series – RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • The Favorite Character She Played On 30 Rock – Greta Johanssen, the cat wrangler
  • Hobby – Doing laundry

Source – US Magazine, Vulture

Rachel Dratch at the premiere of Baby Mama during the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York CityRachel Dratch at the premiere of Baby Mama during the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City
Rachel Dratch at the premiere of Baby Mama during the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City (David Shankbone / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Rachel Dratch Facts

  1. At a young age, she had undergone Bat Mitzvah and became a full-fledged member of the Jewish community.
  2. Despite the faith she was born into, she’s considered a non-observant Jew. A non-observant Jew is someone who does not carefully observe Jewish ritual laws, tradition, customs, and ethics.
  3. Actress Calista Flockhart was the first one of whom Rachel impersonated on Saturday Night Live (SNL).
  4. She got pregnant with her only son to John Wahl at the age of 44.
  5. She earned the Joseph Jefferson award for Best Actress in a Revue for two revues in which she performed – Paradigm Lost, Promisekeepers, and Losers Weepers.
  6. She was the class clown in school.
  7. Rachel has worked at a psychiatric hospital and ice-cream parlor in the past.
  8. She knows how to play the cello.
  9. Rachel doesn’t eat black licorice and walnuts.
  10. Visit her official website @ racheldratch.com.
  11. Connect with Rachel Dratch on Twitter.
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Featured Image by David Shankbone / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

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