Rachel Dratch Welcomes Son Eli Benjamin

09/08/2010 at 11:30 AM ET

Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC

Seems Amy Poehler‘s newborn Abel already has a baby best bud: on Tuesday, Aug. 24, former Saturday Night Live star Rachel Dratch welcomed a son, Eli Benjamin, in New York City.

“She’s doing great and the baby’s doing great,” a source confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. “She’s healthy and really happy!”

Dratch, 44, recently told PEOPLE that her pregnancy has a “crazy story” behind it. However, she’s not quite ready to share.

“I’ve always been kind of private,” she said. “So then I’m like, ‘Why do I need to tell people?’ I would want to know but…”

— Lesley Messer

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lisa on


Janna on

Awww…good for her. Congrats!

Gina on

Aw, Congrats to her! I think she is hilarious and I love her on 30 Rock guest spots.

AMichele on

Yay..she’s so funny..she and Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are probably awesome mommy’s..kudos!!

Kiernan on

She’s so great, congrats!

grace on

congrats. enjoy your new baby boy. i love his name.

meghan on

Rachel’s one of my favorite SNL alum. Congratulations!!!

M on

Finally- a normal name from a celebrity. Sick of the weird- Apple, Suri,Vida,Seraphina Ryder, Everleigh – Love Eli!

HC on

Congrats Rachel and welcome Eli!
All the best to you both 🙂


Finally, a NORMAL name and a celebrity who doesn’t share TMI with the world..Congrats and best wishes!

DebbieLG on

Congrats Rachel! One of my favs 🙂

Joy on

Congrats to Rachel from a fellow Lexingtonian!

Dazy on

I am going to be a grandmother for the first time this fall and every baby story has makes me sentimental but in this case I not only like the normal name but this comedian and at 44 God Bless!

Nancy on

Can’t call her “Debbie Downer anymore! I’ll bet that she is “over the moon” with happiness now!

Awo on


Lilith's mommy on

I love the name Eli!!! It’s so cute!!!

Tatum on

LOVE the name Eli!!

Mia on

I love the name Eli! One of my favorites! 🙂 Congrats.

HeatherR on

I am dying to hear the “crazy story”!!! Lol

Liz on

I just saw Rachel walking baby Eli in East Village around 8pm! She was in a green polo and baggy jean shorts pushing her new son! Adorable 🙂 All the best to her & family!

Lola on

Congrats! she’s such a funny lady…She’ll be a great mom!

ntcasti on

Debbie Downer had a baby?! SWEEEEET!!!

Michele on

Congrats! I wish you and your family all the best! And, yes… the best advice right now is, “Sleep when the baby is sleeping.” Good luck!

CelebBabyLover on

Congrats to her, and I love the name!

JM on

congrats to them 🙂 i have a little Eli myself so i love the name 🙂

Bev on

No doubt this was meant to be. I can’t think of a more deserving, wonderful woman! Congrats!

Tiffany on

Aww, congrats to her. I too have an Eli 🙂