What does the 2003 small engine plane crashing into a Fairfax area apartment and last week’s drunk driver plowing into the Improv Olympic West have in common? Writer and comedian Sara Mattison.
Mattison’s apartment was ground zero – incinerated in 2003 by a plane crashing into it. Later it was confirmed that the pilot had cocaine in his system. Mattison, a long time performer at IO West, original cast member of the hysterical Big News Show, got on with her life, only to have a drunk driver last week drive into (appropriately) the front bar of, what you could safely call her ‘second home’.
FBLA caught up with Mattison for a little sit down:
FBLA: What’s up with high people running into places you frequent?
SM: I guess I’m where the party’s at.
FBLA: Uhm, is this all the evidence you need to believe you’re cursed?
SM: That and Beth Lapides confirming it during an Uncab comedy workshop this past winter. I took it to work out (or at least ignite) some new ideas for material and by week four of revealing personally tragic stories- what I find funny- she stated with all seriousness that maybe I had a “curse” and needed to go get it removed. I decided it was probably best to remove myself from that workshop instead. The only curse I had was dropping $300 on the workshop to hear that. We all strive to be original with our material so if having a curse is my thing, then dammit I’m keeping it! I like to think it makes my material steal-proof. I mean what comedian wants to steal another comedian’s curse?