Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Other Swisher

It happened again yesterday. I walk into an audition and am greeted in a very friendly manner by the casting director who asks, "Are you back from New York?" I only know who this casting director is, because she's important, but I don't know her. So I say, as I always do in these situations, "You're thinking of Deborah Swisher."

Deborah Swisher is a comic who used to live in Los Angeles. She paved the way for me to be mistaken for her, or her sister, whenever I set foot in a comedy club. "Laura Swisher? Are you any relation to..." The thing is, we vaguely look alike. At least we look enough alike that it makes more sense to assume we're sisters than two comics who happen to share the same odd, last name.

Once, a few years ago, I went to dinner with my friend Robin and some of her friends. Turns out that one of her friends is Deborah Swisher's step brother. Naturally I had to ask for her phone number. It seemed obvious that we should meet or talk, and I had burning questions: had she been mistaken for me anywhere? Did anyone ask her if she was related to me? Keep in mind that at that point in time, I wasn't as wildly famous as I am now. I'm quite sure that today, if she walked into a random IT department of some company and mentioned her name, some techie would make the connection.

In any case, I called her. She was living in New York at the time. I left a message, probably something stupid. As I was leaving it I felt like some kind of stalker. Like what if someone called me because we shared the same last name? It's a little weird. But I still felt the need to make a connection with this person whose reputation was clearly bigger than mine. She called back, left a message. I forget what she said, but it was nice and cordial.

We have yet to meet. According to a Google search, she's a writer on the show "American Dreams," still doing well for herself. Hopefully she's giving us a great reputation as a writer.

And if anyone knows Deborah, tell her the other Swisher says hi...and that she should email me.

43 comments:

Sean said...

I ran accross a few links of her's while searching for links on you and bookmarked this one I found:

http://writersbootcamp.com/spotlight/spotlight.asp?param.name=Deborah+Swisher

It's a short questioned/answer page that I figured on sending to you for inspiration sometime in the future but since you have brought her up, I think now is a good time to pass it on. :)

Laura said...

The librarian at my elementary school was Mrs. Swisher. Didn't look a thing like you, though. She looked very much like a librarian.

Irrelevant, I know. Cool blog. :-)

~(another) Laura

hfgvcsx said...

Maybe you both need to STAY on different coasts in order to maintain some sort of cosmic balance that otherwise might become out-of-wack [technical term] and thus prematurely end the world.

Or not.

Anyway, Laura, I'm glad you are hanging in there!!! This is Brian from SLOP COMICS, btw. I was wondering...have you heard about this MSTechTV thing? Microsoft starting up a TechTVish thing with some of the same people? Or is it a cruel hoax?

afslip said...

I know how you feel there was this guy once when i was in school named the same as me, so whenever the teacher or a friend called "surge" we both would turn and say "who you talking to?" Of course I was the popular one and most handsome surge, the other surge was fugly.

melissa said...

I love you, Swish!
I'm glad to see you're still keeping on.

You've got to tell us about Marty. I've been obsessed with him since The Screensavers days (well, maybe not OBSESSED). What's he up to? Are you even in contact with him at all???

I hope to see you again sometime on Comedy Central. That's where it's at now....

Vermillion said...

Sorry about the lame joke from my last comment. Ugh.

I am quite often mistaken for both someone who shares my name and for someone supposedly related to me.

Funny thing is, I am not the old white dead governor of some state or another. But I am distantly realted to Malcolm-Jamal Warner! Yay!

I am going to be banned from commenting again, aren't I?

craigv said...

I started a site for Unscrewed Bittorents.There are only a few episodes up now but more will be added soon. http://unscrewed.tk/

Jim-Bob said...

Perhaps you two should join forces, and with your cosmic anamolies alligned and focused, take over the money-hungry sewer we call Earth in the name that is all Swisher! ..........or not, you know....

BiggDogg898 said...

There are many with the surname Swisher, but there is only one SWISH..........SWISH is who we love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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IAmATVJunkie said...

I did a movie with Deborah Swisher in 1985 in LA that never ... well, I was gonna say never got released but I don't even think they developed the film stock.

In fact, I was looking for her and found you, formerly of G4 and such.

So, hi? Yeah, hi.