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Aside from being a business manager, I'm a performance entertainer, playwright, and poet, but I'm perhaps most well-known as an Ira Glass look-alike. You know, the host of This American Life, the radio program on NPR. Isn't it funny that someone would be mistaken for a radio personality to begin with? This is just one of many places around town where I've been mistaken for him. The first time it happened was when I walked into a rehearsal for a show and another performer mistook me for Ira. Then one night at the Green Mill a lady approached me and said, "Did you get that smell out of your car?" and I said, "I don't own a car," and later on she apologized, saying that she had mistaken me for Ira. She must have been referring to something he said on his program. This happened several times over a four- or five-year period. Then one night at a party somebody said, "At last--Ira's here, and you two can finally meet." Our mutual friends had been telling him for years that he looked like me. I felt like Stanley and Livingston were meeting for the first time. I didn't say, "Dr. Livingston, I presume?" I said "Hi," and Ira looked at me and said, "We don't look anything alike."

--Edward Thomas-Herrera, business manager

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