June 8, 2013
When I was dressed as Enviroman at the Monsanto protest recently, I bumped into my friend Judith Klassen dressed as her alterego, flaky reporter Tasha James. Judith interviewed me as part of her funny protest interviews. And then she asked if I would come out to be in her next Rob Ford video. I said yes. The result is the latest in a series of music videos that she has made about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. She describes it as “a docu-drama-musical based on a Globe and Mail piece about the Ford family.” It answers the question: What was the Ford family doing in the 1980′s? It also answers the question: Why was Josh Rachlis wearing a blonde mullet wig on Sunday? Judith has been effusive with her praise of my performance, tweeting about how I was making her laugh during editing, describing me as the “amazing Josh” in her Facebook post, commenting “Fork dance!” on my Facebook page, and, as you’ll see, giving me special billing in the credits. The video has been getting lots of press. And Jude has already asked if I would reprise my role in a future Ford film. So… Stay tuned!
June 8, 2013
My friend Keely invited me out to the March Against Monsanto, and said I should dress as Enviroman, my eco-superhero character. I was reluctant and nervous, which for me is a sign that I should do something, because we only learn and grow by doing things that scare us. At least, that’s what I tell myself, to force myself to leave my apartment. So, I took the streetcar to the park, and, after prompting by Keely and her friends, I took the costume out of my backpack and put it on in the middle of the crowd. And here’s what I looked like:
A lot of cute girls wanted their photos taken with me. Which I liked. Though, strangely, none of them asked for my number. But anyway, I spotted my friend Judith Klassen, dressed as her alter-ego, flaky reporter Tasha James. She was doing comedic interviews with people and she wanted to interview me too. So she did. And then I helped her interview other people. This is what we looked like:
There was lots of fun footage. But since this whole thing was about the protesters, only a tiny bit made of me made into the final edit. But hey, even a little Enviroman is better than none. Just like with recycling and eco stuff like that. The vid is below. You’ll see me at 1:07 and 2:28.
June 3, 2013
Last night I was the sole guest on a brand-new Internet radio show called SUNDAY NIGHT CONFESSIONS WITH TEREASA VENOM. You may recognize Tereasa as the dominatrix who spanked me on Humble & Fred Radio:
Well, apparently she liked my yelps of pain so much that she wanted to talk to me for the entire length of her very first show. I talked about the threesome that Humble & Fred Radio sent me to have last week, and I even helped give advice to a caller who wondered how to get her boyfriend interested in sex again. Whether my advice was good or not, I leave that to you. To listen to my approximately 45-minute appearance, click here. (Warning: Mature sexual themes)
May 31, 2013
Got this beautiful email this morning from an eco-crusader down in Australia:
I have a green message website – converseconserve.com, and think your Enviroman identity and videos are fantastic. We had a Get Eco Creative exhibition earlier this year as part of the Sustainable Living Festival Melbourne, Australia.
I was just wondering if you are happy for me to add one of your videos in my website? I already posted a link to one of them on my converseconserve blog.
I hope to hear back and all the best with your continuing and highly important role as enviroman.
Keep up the jolly good green work,
I checked out her blog and found the post that you can see by clicking here or in the attached screen grab. Nice to know Enviroman is making a difference globally. Take that, Superman.
April 9, 2013
Here’s me as the husband who forgot his wife’s anniversary once, in a radio ad for the Mitsubishi 10th Anniversary Sale, recorded March 20, 2013 at Tattoo Music & Sound in Toronto. It’s a bit unrealistic because I’ll probably never be married. But it’s very realistic in that if I do get married, I will for sure forget my anniversary. And I’ll be scared of my wife.
April 6, 2013
Osum is an energy company in Alberta. The Cold Lake Ice are a Junior “B” Ice Hockey team based in Cold Lake, Alberta. Trigger Communications is an ad agency in Calgary. Put them all together, and you have these two radio ads I acted in on March 21. I was in a studio in Toronto. Trigger was in a studio in Calgary. And a couple of the other actors were in a studio in New York City. Thanks to modern technology, distance is no obstacle to comedy gold.
Title: “I don’t like ice”
Here’s me as the innocent guy in a restaurant saying he doesn’t like ice in his drinks. A nearby hockey fan thinks I’m saying I don’t like the Cold Lake Ice hockey team.
Title: “The ice sucks”
Here’s me as a passionate hockey fan who’s a friend of an innocent guy saying the ice on the lake sucks for ice fishing. Me and another friend think he’s saying he doesn’t like the Cold Lake Ice hockey team, who are in the Alberta provincial finals. I’m the one who says, “We still going ice fishing today?… Sorry, what?… Uh, yah. Nypower, Cunnigham, Bourget… Top 3 point scorers in the playoffs. I don’t see any suck in that lineup.” (I improvised the line “I don’t see any suck in that lineup.”)
March 30, 2013
For some people, assembling a desk might cause stress. For me, it’s just the beginning.
March 30, 2013
I’m so thirsty. But my friends say I shouldn’t drink the juice I found on the ground. Can they convince me?
March 23, 2013
When I woke up this morning to get something to eat, I found my purse in the fridge. I posted a photo of it on Facebook, soliciting guesses as to why it was there. But then decided it was too important a question to just type the answer to. So I made this video.
March 23, 2013
For my 2nd appearance on Humble & Fred Radio, I sat with them for the entire show. It was recorded on March 14, 2013 and aired on humbleandfredradio.com, Newstalk 1010 CFRB and other radio stations.
My main stories in this episode:
At 00:05 minutes until about 00:14 – Discussion of racism and what kind of comedy is ok
At 00:51 minutes to 01:00 hour – Discussion of comedy about being Jewish and being gay, discussion of JDate.com and my story about being one of the few guys at the P!nk concert
At 01:09 hour to 01:10 – Discussion of how many dating sites I’m on, and about how dating sites are now a common way to meet people
You can view the promo video for the episode and listen to the podcast right on their site by clicking here.
Or just watch the video here:
And listen to the podcast at my own link: