David L. Lander, best known as Squiggy on ``Laverne and Shirley,'' is joining the cast of the soap opera, ``The Bold and the Beautiful.''

``People can't quite believe I'm on a soap, least of all this one,'' Lander says in the Dec. 13-19 TV Guide.

Starting with the Christmas Eve episode, he'll be seen as Dr. Martin Guthrie _ brother of Mike, the show's diabolical security guard.

Making the switch to drama raised some eyebrows.

``When my friends heard I'd been hired, they said `So, you're doing it with a German accent, right?''' Lander said. ``They automatically assume I'm playing Dr. Von Shtick.''