Why Lexington native Rachel Dratch found it hard to play a Long Islander

The "Saturday Night Live" veteran said she "kept flipping back into Boston."


One of Lexington native Rachel Dratch’s most recognizable “Saturday Night Live” characters is one-half of the thickly Boston-accented “Sully and Denise.” In an interview with Vulture published last week, the comedian revealed that while filming a recent role, she had a lot of trouble ditching her note-perfect Boston accent.

In “The Week Of,” a comedy released on Netflix this past Friday, Dratch and longtime New Hampshire resident Adam Sandler star as a Long Island couple preparing for their daughter’s wedding. Dratch said that playing a Long Islander was difficult because she kept slipping back into the Boston accent.


“You show up to set thinking, ‘Oh, I can do accents,’ but then I kept flipping back into Boston,” Dratch told Vulture. “I got to work with a dialect coach, and learn the little distinctions between the Boston sayings and the Long Island sayings. In terms of actual character, though, whenever I do the Boston thing, I do the person stahtin’ a fight in the pahkin’ lawt. This was a more suburban, older couple. Still lots of yelling, but not as rough in the manner.”

Dratch also talked to Vulture about another upcoming Netflix project, “Wine Country,” a comedy directed and produced by Burlington native Amy Poehler. Along with Poehler and Dratch, the film will feature former “SNL” stars Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Ana Gasteyer, and veteran “SNL” writers Paula Pell and Emily Spivey. Dratch said that because the film’s stars are pals, it’s natural for them to think of each other when creating projects.


“I think that because we’re all friends in real life, keeping in close touch and talking all the time — in fact, this movie is loosely based on a trip we all took — all the interacting makes it easier to keep the comedy going,” Dratch said. “When you get an idea or a character pops out at you, you immediately think of your friends, and how they fit into a given scenario. When the friendship stays real off camera, you get the results on camera.”