If Rebecca Drysdale, the Time Traveling Lesbian, were to jump back to Aspen, Colo., circa 2005, she’d witness herself winning the first-ever Breakout Performer Award at the Aspen Comedy Festival and landing a coveted development deal with HBO.
In 2006, Drysdale found herself on lists such as “Top Ten to Watch in Comedy” (Variety), “Comedy Innovators” (Time) and “100 Women We Love” (Go magazine) because of material such as a song parody of Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches,” in which the star-bellied and starless-bellied Sneetches are replaced by butches and femmes. The song concludes, “You can’t rely on clothes to make a good match, ’cause when the clothes come off, a snatch is a snatch.”
Cut to the present. Ohio native Drysdale’s original deal with HBO for a half-hour comedy has been replaced by Time Traveling Lesbian, a web series that “kinda shot out of the side of that by accident.” Originally posted on Funny or Die, Time Traveling Lesbian found an even larger lesbian audience on AfterEllen.com.
I recently caught up with Drysdale to talk about the making of Time Traveling Lesbian, writing for The Big Gay Sketch Show (Logo), the writers’ strike, and why time traveling back to the Roaring ’20s might not be such a great idea.
AfterEllen.com: Congratulations on the success of Time Traveling Lesbian. It combines so many things I love: lesbians, gadgets, Quantum Leap …
AE: I know I did.
AE: Hot girls from any time in history. It’s genius. What was your favorite era to shoot?
AE: [laughs] By way of Riverside Drive.
AE: Sometimes that’s when you create your best stuff.
AE: I often think that, too. But the thought doesn’t end with “the sky.” So. If we really had time travel, where you would want to go to?
AE: Worse. A lesbian in the ’40s.
AE: I want to be in the future at the moment when the aliens attack.