By Avital Binshtock
Nukeable Nutrition | SNL's Rachel Dratch | A Forest in a Box
TRENDSETTER: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE'S RACHEL DRATCH
Photo by Mary Ellen Matthews
Rachel Dratch, best known for her Debbie Downer character on Saturday Night Live, recently volunteered her comedic talents for a televised public-service announcement in which she chastises a woman for running her dishwasher before it's full. "By 2013, it's estimated that 36 states will face water shortages," she says. But instead of the familiar trombone-and-frown sign-off, she smiles, and viewers get directed to savewatertoday.org. Dratch, 45, took time out of her busy new-mother schedule to answer a few questions.
I was in a conversation, and someone said some really downer thing that just screeched the whole group vibe to a halt, and I thought, that would make a good character. When I started doing the character, I'd insert environmental issues because I'd think of things that bum me out. In the very first sketch, we were at Disney World, and I was like, "With that costume on, Pluto's probably in the early stages of heatstroke. Speaking of heat, if this greenhouse effect keeps up, we'll all be living underwater."
I don't know—I hate trying to analyze comedy. If it gets laughs, it's funny.
Probably. Personally, I don't even read bummer news stories about the environment, because it makes me feel helpless to fix anything and reminds me that the general population doesn't treat these issues as an important part of our political life.
Many comedians have a dark side that lets them take a negative thing and turn it funny. But it's hard to generalize like that, because comedians are as different from each other as regular people are.
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