I took a cartoon voice workshop

March 26, 2014

On March 2 and 3, 2014, I took a workshop with Susan Hart, big-time voice director and voice casting director. For two whole days, she taught us tips and helped us practice on scripts. And at the end of the second day, we recorded a little demo of some scripts we picked out. In her assessment email to me afterward, she mentioned: “Your comedic timing was fun and can be used for both subtle and big characters.” So I’m excited about my new knowledge and for the new tools I have to bring to the world of voices for animation. Plus, the people in my class we really nice and funny. So I wanted to remember the weekend with a photo of all of us. They were kind enough to oblige. That’s us making the sign for VO (voice over), just in case it’s not clear. When I was walking out of the class at the end of the weekend, I was feeling a bit insecure, because there were some real pros in there. But one girl, who is amazing and actually has a gig as a regular voice on a kid’s TV show, said to me: “You’re so funny! You should do stand-up!” Which gave me a skip in my step the whole way home. Maybe I’ll turn that feeling into a new voice character, named Skippy. :)

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Good Report TV: Eyeliner Pencil Toxic Tips

March 26, 2014

You know that pick-up line “Are your eyes stinging? Maybe that’s because you’ve got the stars in them.” No, wait. That’s not the expression. Maybe this is why I can’t pick up women. But anyway, if you’re getting that stinging eye sensation after not washing off your eye makeup, could be there’s something bad in your eyeliner. Andrea and I run down the key preservatives, suspected endocrine disruptors and synthetic dyes produced from petroleum that you don’t want near your eyes. Because the only thing you want near your eyes is me, baby. Because I’m eco-friendly, get it? Ok, I really need to work on my wooing skills. In the meantime, watch the video below. And as always, for more green beauty tips, go to Good Report TV and you can buy the products we mention at Good Roots.

Good Report TV: Toothpaste Toxic Tips

March 13, 2014

Should you avoid fluoride in toothpaste, or do the benefits outweigh the risks? And what chemicals should you keep out of your mouth? Vanessa and I run down the top toxics to avoid in toothpaste. I should mention that I’ve never had a cavity. So, like, I’m an authority on dental health. I should also mention that I really wish there wasn’t fluoride in drinking water. Because I don’t want toxins in my water. So, well, I’m not sure what all that leads to. But I know that when I asked a question about fluoride in drinking water and toothpaste to a bunch of dentists at a live CBC broadcast of the show “GO!”, the dentists got really mad at me for questioning it. So, well, I hope I don’t get beat up by dentists for this video. Except if it’s my dentist, ’cause she’s really cute. And so is my hygienist. But that’s not why I go to the dentist every 3 months. I go because I like to take care of my teeth. Honestly.

Anyway, for more reviews, go to Good Report TV, and to buy the mentioned products, go to Good Roots.

A Humble & Fred Radio fan’s advice for my love life

March 13, 2014

A Humble & Fred Radio fan's advice for my love life

A thoughtful fan of my stories on Humble & Fred Radio emailed the show’s host Humble Howard with his suggestion that I visit http://www.thesocialman.com. It promises to give me “masculine confidence and charisma”. But if it turned me into a masculine, confident guy, then what would I talk about in my comedy? I have to give serious thought to whether I really want to become a James Bond stud or stick with my Woody Allen awkwardness. But, as I’m typing this, I realize that I’ll bet it would be good radio show content if I did take the course. So I just went over to Facebook and put the word out on Facebook to Eileen, the producer on the show. Stay tuned!

Good Report TV: Mascara Product Review

March 7, 2014

Vanessa and I check out four mascaras with botanical-based formulas, made from either natural sugar-based biopolymers or beeswax, carnauba wax or rice bran wax. There are non-irritating products for hypoallergenic skin, sensitive eyes and gluten-free options. All good. But how did they look on my naturally long and luscious eyelashes? Did they help me seduce the ladies with my cute blinking? And most importantly, was Vanessa was able to help me get the stuff on my eye lashes before I poked my eyes out? Watch below and find out. And as always, see our other videos at Good Report TV and buy all the mentioned products at Good Roots.

Good Report TV: Mascara Toxic Tips

February 26, 2014

I’m lucky to be blessed with long lashes. Seriously, when I get make-up done for TV shows, the make-up girls always compliment my lashes. But they still won’t date me. Go figure. Anyway, if your lashes aren’t as well-endowed, you might want some help from mascara. But not so fast. The skin around your eyes is 10x thinner than the rest of your face. So make sure to watch Vanessa and I run down the key toxic ingredients like preservatives, synthesized petrochemicals and emulsifying agents you don’t want near your eyes. Then feel comfortable as you try to achieve eye lashes like mine. And let me know if you figure out how to get make-up girls to date you.

For more green beauty information, visit http://www.goodreport.tv, and you can buy all the mentioned products at http://www.goodroots.com

I tell Humble & Fred Radio about the date they sent me on and they tell me I need a therapist

February 24, 2014

On Valentine’s Day, Humble & Fred Radio held a Win A Date With Josh Rachlis contest. A week later, I took Nidhi, the winner, to Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant. We were taken there and back by A Celebrity Limousine Service. And it was all paid for by ITEX, a small business and community barter network that lets you pay with your goods and services. ITEX sponsors the show, so this whole date was free for me. All I had to do was be my charming self. But, as you can hear in my report on the radio, the story begins with me saying how nice the date was, and the story ends with the radio hosts deciding that I need a therapist. Listen to my story about 40 into the file here. And here’s the video preview:

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Humble & Fred Radio’s Facebook page promotes my date the night it happened. (Image 1 of 2)

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Humble & Fred Radio’s Facebook page promotes my date the night it happened. (Image 2  of 2)

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Humble & Fred Radio’s Facebook page promotes my date story the day of the date.

 

 

Good Report TV: Bath Salts Product Review

February 23, 2014

My co-host Andrea Victory-Lacasse (owner of the Shop Pretty blog) and I tried out eco-friendly bath salts so you’ll know which ones are best. We sat there with our feet soaking in warm, bath salt filled water. A tough job, but someone has to do it. And it was kind of like if Andrea and I were at a resort, with our feet in a pool. Except she’s married. And she probably wouldn’t go to a resort with me even if she were single. But, you know what? It’s more like we were having a bath together. Which I guess she wouldn’t do either. But this is close enough. So, yah, I’ve basically had a bath with Andrea. But anyway, what was I talking about? Oh, right. Bath salts. Yah, they smell great and feel great and you should watch our review. And now, excuse me while I go soak my feet alone. So very alone.

Humble & Fred Radio: My trip to NYC with a girl I’d never met

February 23, 2014

As my Facebook friends/followers know, on Saturday, Feb 15, I decided at the last minute to go to the airport and head to NYC with a girl I’d never met. The photo I posted from the airport got many Likes and comments. One of the comments being from Humble Howard saying I better come on the show afterward to report on the adventure. So here’s the story I told on Humble & Fred Radio on Wednesday morning. Like I said on Facebook, it’s neat that what begins as a story about me having chili-induced stomach problems on the way to the hotel ends with a touching discussion about how searching for the “perfect” partner can keep you from finding someone great. You can hear the story at an hour and 40 minutes into the link here. And here’s the video preview they made for the day’s show:

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Humble & Fred Radio has a Win A Date With Josh contest!

February 21, 2014

Normally Valentine’s Day is a pretty depressing day for me. But not this year. And in fact, this year made up for many lonely years. Because Humble & Fred Radio held a Win A Date With Josh contest. I think we were also calling it The H&F Dating Game with Josh Rachlis. But whatever you call it, it was 3 lovely ladies vying for my affections. And I call that awesome. On the Monday, the show’s producer/co-host Eileen messaged me on Facebook with her idea. I said sure. She replied that she knew I’d always be up for something adventurous. Then they put out a search for ladies via their Facebook page and on the show, and Eileen picked her favourites. When I showed up at the station on Friday morning, Eileen blind-folded me and… Well, to find out, you’ll have to listen here. And just in case you need any more convincing, here’s a video preview:

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