In the ’60s and ’70s, motivational speaker Florrie Fisher traveled to high schools, scaring children with stories about her past as a heroin addict and prostitute. Today she is better known as the inspiration for Strangers with Candy’s Jerri Blank. From Wikipedia: “Fisher’s distinctive appearance, thick Brooklyn accent, and larger-than-life tales of prostitution, drug binges, larceny, botched abortions, and lesbian jailhouse encounters, turned her into a cult figure in the late 1970s, with bootleg videos of her speaking engagements becoming a collector’s item in the 1980s.” This is her famous video, The Trip Back. After watching it, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello noticed a resemblance between Fisher and their friend Amy Sedaris. After showing it to Amy, and seeing her dead-on impression, they created Strangers with Candy.
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