"I am semi-famous because..."
Warning: This page is supposed to be Funny!
By the way, Jackie Slater is a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Here is some information about him on Wikipedia, but I don't see any mention of our encounter. They probably haven't updated it in a while.
A year and a half later, on Thursday June 29, 2006 I went to Mark Whitney's Comedy Co-Op and performed 6 minutes of open mic stand-up comedy in front of 17 complete strangers. I was terrible, but I enjoyed every second of it. After that night I went back to the Comedy Co-Op every Thursday for the next few months because it was so much fun, and I got to know a whole lot of comedians and made some life-long friends.
On September 14th, 2006 I paid $15 and entered a contest for 91X Radio. Out of 23 comedians I placed in the top 5!
On September 29th, 2006 I was on 91X radio for three minutes. I did 91 seconds of standup, and then was interviewed for about another 91 seconds. It was on the air before 6am so nobody heard it, but it was on the radio.
On October 18th, 2006 I officially became a member of a boy band. The Boy Band of Comedy.
On October 23rd, 2006, someone recognized me at an outdoor food court and yelled my name across a bunch of people's tables. She recognized me from standup. That's the first time that's ever happened.
On October 28th, 2006, I was on 103.7 Free FM for about 5 minutes. I performed some of my standup through regular conversation. It was good radio, and they want me to call in again. Anyway listen to Keeping it Weird on San Diego's 103.7 Free FM, Saturdays from 8pm-11pm, because you never know, you might hear a weirdo named Stuart Swanson.
On November 2nd, 2006, my name was in the San Diego Reader. They got the band name wrong, but they miraculously spelled all of our names right:
On November 4th, 2006 I was in the finals for the 91X contest:
Zoltan introduced me to Bob Murphy who was one of the first comics on Comedy Central. And the three of us produced the next round of Boy Band of Comedy shows. We were all over the place and already working with some top comedians.
I thought for sure, "By now, after doing standup for a whole 5 months..." word had made its way to the midwest and everyone in Missouri and Illinois had heard about me. I thought comedy club owners were sitting by the phone, waiting for my agent to call them and book a show for Stuart Swanson.
On December 7th, 2006 The Greenville Advocate wrote a nice article about the show that was about to be.
On December 13th, 2006 I met a guy from the Sopranos. But I won't tell you which one because, well, just because.
About a week before the big show, I got a call from 101.7 WGEL radio in Greenville. They said they wanted to do a printed interview based on questions they asked me over the phone. Then they replayed our conversation several times on 101.7FM -- I never heard it for myself, but a few people told me they did.
On December 21st, 2006 there was an advertisement in the Greenville Advocate with my name on it.
In the final week leading up to the show, two large posters that looked like this were on the front windows of The Globe Theatre:
For five days, my name was up in lights:
There was a brief followup after my Greenville Show, and this time there was a picture. I just remembered how unbathed I was that night.
I met Dat Phan on January 5th, 2007. He is a really nice guy, and an amazing comedian. He destroyed the artist colony for 35 minutes... there were no lulls, it was non-stop vietnamese humor. Vietnamese people are fast. In fact Dat was not only the fastest Vietnamese person to win Last Comic Standing, but he was the fastest person to win Last Comic Standing. We're still friends to this day, but I'm pretty sure he doesn't know who I am. Although to be fair, on December 6th, 2014, he did "like" a meme that I reposted that someone else designed.
On February 18th, 2007 I was on Fox News. I got all mad and walked off the set because my clip was only 8 seconds long. Here, watch:
On February 19th, 2007 I met two of the members of the band Ours:
Stu and Race
Stu and Pit a.k.a. The Drummer a.k.a. Jimmy Gnecco's brother
On Saturday, March 3, 2007 there was an article about the Famecast contest:
On Sunday, March 11, 2007 I was in the North County Times for being in the famecast.com contest. Here is the article in it's nearly-original state. I had to modify a few things for accuracy.
They messed up a couple of things of course, but I don't let that kind of thing get to me. I'll just leave the article in its nearly-original state.
On March 17, 2007 I was on ABC 10 News at 6:30. It was hilarious. Aaron cracks me up.
March 24th, 2007: Another brief article from the North County Times
On March 29, 2007 The Greenville Advocate printed this article:
April 2nd, 2007: Here's an article about the famecast contest
On April 12, 2007 The Greenville Advocate printed this article:
On April 14th, I performed at the famecast.com finals. The show was made available to over 6 billion people via live webcast.
Stand-up I performed on Friday, April 20th is on public access television
I won a national competition at famecast.com on April 21st, 2007, beating over 300 million people.
April 24, 2007: Some press about the win: billboardpublicitywire.com -- I like the part where it says, "lack of exposure is what keeps some of our best artists in the shadows, we aim to shine the spotlight on those that have what it takes, but have lacked the breaks." Man, I'm really grateful for this whole thing. Yeah.
April 26, 2007 The Greenville Advocate printed this:
April 29, 2007 The North County Times printed this:
In 2008 I met the greatest vocalist on Earth, Jimmy Gnecco of the band Ours. He signed my wife's poster, and then we talked for at least a full two minutes. (My wife and I.) It's rare that my wife and I talk to eachother for more than a few seconds at a time, so this was pretty neat.
In 2009 we were the only two people on a shuttle bus in Las Vegas, when all of a sudden a really happy lady and her husband entered the bus... I know that sounds pretty normal..... however, she started talking and the things she said sounded interesting so we listened. She mentioned that she just won some money on the show Let's Make a Deal. She also mentioned that the show would be airing on December 10th, 2009. She said she was the one "with the football goal on her head" so we knew what to look for. We watched, and sure enough, there she was. She actually turned out to be a terrible contestant. She didn't even ask for extra money or anything. Wayne Brady basically asked her if she wanted $600 and she said "Yes!" immediately. Wayne Brady was like, "oh kay.." (Usually it's slightly more intense than that, and the contestant gets more money from him, or a deal. But hey at least she got $600.)
In 2013 we ate at Crossroads in Hollywood and I happened to see that Tal Ronnen was about to walk past our table. Without being a total jerk, I got his attention because I wanted to personally thank him for the awesome meal, and just wanted to meet him for a second. He actually came over to our table and talked to us for a couple minutes, and then afterwards gave us a free lasagne on the house. It was like the coolest thing involving food that's ever happened to me.
In 2013 we ate at Real Food Daily in Beverly Hills, and there really weren't very many people in the restaurant with us, but the person at the table next to us was Deeta Von Teese -- and I didn't stare at her.
On January 31st, 2013 -- my brother-in-law Marty met and talked to Pat Roach and Jonathan Dunsworth. They even had a full conversation.
On February 14th, 2014, I was on Episode 6 of Doug Culp's podcast at YAMATAT.com which can be heard by trillions of life forms.
On December 5th, 2014 Mike Birbiglia did not run away when I said hello. He did leave VERY soon, but it wasn't immediate and it was at a normal speed.
On February 9th, 2015 the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, asked my brother-in-law Marty if he would pose in a picture with him and some other random people. My brother Marty agreed to do that because he's about as awesome as a human being could possibly be.
On February 21st, 2015 I was live on internet radio station wsradio.com
For those reasons, I consider myself to be.... semi-famous.