April 23rd, 2012
10:16 AM ET

Want to be the next improv sensation? Rachel Dratch has advice

"Saturday Night Live" alum Rachel Dratch is perhaps best known for her outrageous portrayal of "Debbie Downer," a sullen sad sack with a knack for saying just the thing to take the wind out of everyone’s sails.

But these days Dratch has a new, happier role: that of mother to toddler Eli Benjamin.

She recently sat down with CNN to talk about her new book, "Girl Walks into a Bar... Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle,” and says that while having a baby at 44 was a shock, the reaction from other women has been equally surprising.

“Women seem to kind of light up when I tell them this story,” she said. “We're so used to hearing all the negative, but since this happened to me, I keep hearing about more and more women who are in their 40s who just have a kid naturally.”

Dratch also took questions from our iReporters, and not surprisingly, there was a lot of interest in her improv background.

For aspiring improv artists, she suggests taking classes, and said that while it helps to be naturally funny, it’s definitely an improvable skill.

“The worst thing to do is to go out there and try to be funny," Dratch advised. "The best thing to do when you're just starting is to listen and go with whatever your partner is saying."

Many novice improvisers make the mistake of planning ahead, and "If you plan ahead it's usually not funny," she added. "You learn that you have to just be in the moment, so it’s kind of a good life lesson too.”

Thanks to Rachel and to all of our iReporters for submitting questions!

Do you have a question for Olivia Newton-John or "Jersey Shore’s" Vinny Guadagnino? Hit up our iReport interview page to submit your questions and see which celebrities we’re talking to next!

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  2. studentsofthesecondcity

    The Second City offers Summer Camps for Kids and Adults in improv, sketch writing, acting, stand-up and more! Check out secondcitysummers.com for more info.

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