Let me start by saying I’m not a fan of the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”
If it didn’t have a laugh track, I wouldn’t know it was a comedy. (Well, OK, I would, but you know what I mean.) I tuned in strictly for the chance to hear the word “Yankees” on prime time television – and to see how Swisher would handle his acting assignment. He only had, like, three lines, and he was playing himself – not a stretch.
But he did a good job. He didn’t try to upstage anybody or “chew the scenery,” as they say. He had his usual swagger, friendly smile and goofy hair. And the plot of the episode was pretty funny with all the baseball analogies to a perfect game. I loved the whole thing about jinxing and superstition, since I’m susceptible to that stuff myself. But the guy I thought was a hoot was Jim Nantz, who played a figment of Neil Patrick Harris’ imagination. Who would have guessed Nantz had a comedian in him?
Anyhow, since I’m so Yankees starved these days, Swisher’s appearance was the highlight of my week (it’s only Monday but still). And the show had some truth to it: If a Yankee – any Yankee – walked into a New York bar, every female in the place would go berserk.
Here, via LoHud, is a clip.