Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-07-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

NUNN ON ONE COMEDY Rachel Dratch talks Biance del Rio, gay friends
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2019-09-03

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Rachel Dratch is originally from Massachusetts; she moved to Chicago to further her comedy career by working with The Second City and ImprovOlympic. When asked what one thing she learned from her days in the Windy City she said, "Working with an ensemble was important and building up those friendships carried over onstage. I have never done stand-up, but that's why I like improv, if you are not having a stellar night, there are five other people that will always have your back."

Was she nervous at this event performing improv here in the open stage at Navy Pier? She laughs, "I always get a little nervous, even for this. I know these performers very well, so I gathered them together."

Saturday Night Live made her a household name when she performed as a cast member from 1999 to 2006. The female friends in the cast she has remained close with such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer and Maya Rudolph. They have a movie project together called Wine Country on Netflix currently running. It's the story of a friends coming together for a 50th birthday celebration in Napa. She stated in the past she was a red wine fan, but now prefers margaritas ( "Freshly made—not the mix!" ). Dratch said her favorite character to play on Saturday Night Live was Debbie Downer, and the second one would be in the hot tub with Will Ferrell as lovers. Her other numerous television appearances include Broad City, The Simpsons, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Portlandia.

Previously, Dratch has starred in the films Click and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. She was also in the 2016 indie movie Hurricane Bianca, starring RuPaul Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio as a teacher moving to a small town after living in New York. Dratch played Deborah Ward, the vice principal at the school in the film. "It was super-fun working with Bianca—well, Roy Haylock—and we had good camaraderie. It was such a broad, bizarre comedy and we got to do such big characters together."

She described Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson as one of her gay besties, but mentioned having a whole posse of gay friends in New York, including people from her college days. She recently did a short film called Island Queen together with Ferguson. They also appeared together in a documentary called One Night Stand about creating musicals within 24 hours. Although she hadn't seen the recent musical The Cher Show in New York, she did have tickets. She related, "When my gay friend couldn't go because of an audition for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I went down my phone list to see if any other friend could go. I will go to a show my myself, but not Cher. He got the part, but then it was cut from the show. It was a real ride!"

By the way, Dratch was in town for an appearance Aug. 25 to celebrate National Toilet Paper Day a day early. Cottonelle had teamed with Amazon's Treasure Truck to create the Cottonelle Superior Clean County Fair. This included more than 7,000 samples handed out to people who passed by that day, who were also asked to participate in games such as life-sized checkers and Jenga to earn prizes.

Eye-catching toilet bowls were designed by local artists Nate Baranowski and Ava Grey Studios. A poll at the site revealed that more than 80 percent of people, including Dratch, preferred their toilet paper to placed over the roll, not under.

The actress heard about the pop-up when her agent called and asked if she would like to return to her comedy roots in Chicago to perform some improv for attendees at Navy Pier. She jumped at the chance to see friends from the past and considers Chicago home. Her brief show that involved people from the audience, had her performing spontaneous scenes with Second City friends Sue Gillan, Kevin Dorff, Mike Brunlieb and Kimberly Michelle Vaughn.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

GLAAD hosting virtual awards ceremony July 30 2020-07-09 - GLAAD announced that it will host a virtual ceremony for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday, July 30, in place of ...


Gay News

Bisexual actress cast as new lead in 'Batwoman' 2020-07-08 - God Friended Me co-star Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new Batwoman, succeeding Ruby Rose, who exited the role after the end ...


Gay News

INTERNET Juan Pablo Di Pace: Life's all about the small things in 'Minutiae' 2020-07-07 - The coronavirus pandemic has put many things on hold—but has also led to creative output from individuals who may not otherwise have had ...


Gay News

PODCASTS 'A Queer Serial' delves into LGBTQ history 2020-06-24 - Devlyn Camp, the host of A Queer Serial podcast, is preparing for season two, continuing the stories of milestones in LGBTQ history before ...


Gay News

TELEVISION Dashaun Wesley spills the tea on HBO Max's 'Legendary' 2020-06-24 - "Ladies, gentlemen and genderqueers" exclaims Dashaun Wesley as host and emcee for the new ballroom culture reality-competition show Legendary, on HBO Max. ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Brian Tanen talks about 'Love, Simon' spinoff 'Love, Victor' 2020-06-24 - Ready to binge a new queer-centered television series that had a spoonful too much gay sugar to let the medicine go down for ...


Gay News

TELEVISION Marvel's first openly trans actor on Pride, BLM and Hollywood 2020-06-24 - Zach Barack made cinematic history as Marvel's first openly trans actor in the 2019 film Spider-Man: Far from Home. He talked with Windy ...


Gay News

Reunion, OTV and Slo 'Mo hosting virtual Pride festival June 26-28 2020-06-22 - LGBTQ+-centered organizations Reunion Chicago, Slo 'Mo and OTV-Open Television are combining energies and resources to present an intergenerational and intersectional virtual Pride festival ...


Gay News

TV: Sam Feder, Laverne Cox discuss trans documentary 'Disclosure' 2020-06-20 - Disclosure is a new original documentary debuting on Netflix in time for Pride season. Through a series of movie and television clips plus ...


Gay News

Madison Young: Making queer, kinky representation possible 2020-06-18 - Queer author, adult film star and podcaster Madison Young further secures her "Queen of Kink" title with the new sex-positive docuseries, Submission Possible. ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.