Click here to hear me voice acting as the older brother of “Pete 1” on the phone in this week’s webisode that provides bonus content for the CBC TV show The Best Laid Plans. I had a lot of fun playing a jerky older brother, even though I had to act really hard, because in real life I’m the nicest older brother ever. (Right, sisters of mine? Right?) And I even improvised some of my lines. The show’s cast is a Who’s Who of the top actors in Canada, so it’s an honour to be a part of it. Let’s hope that the show’s fans enjoy my character so much that they demand that “Pete 1” keep calling him for advice. Or maybe Pete’s brother could have have his own spin-off show? “The Best Laid Plans: Pete 1’s Brother.” Anyway, if any CBC producers are reading this, I’m available to meet for coffee. Or to talk over speakerphone. (Ha! See what I did there?)
After a couple of years of filming, we’re finally ready to launch Good Report TV, the web series that helps you pick products that are healthy, environmentally-friendly, and socially-responsible. Me and my co-host (celebrity and environmental journalist Vanessa Farquharson) get into all sorts of shenanigans as we teach you what toxins to look out for, test products to find our favs, and even show you how to make products yourself. As a special, if you go “Like” our Facebook page, you’ll be entered to win one of this week’s reviewed products. This week we’re looking at Lip Balms. Check out our videos so you’ll be ready for your New Year’s kiss. And watch them to find out if I can convince Vanessa to kiss me. (Hint: No.)
Extra tidbit: If you’re a single guy and think you have smoother moves than I showed in the trailer (trust me, you do), I just got this message from the show’s Casting Director: “Hey Josh, sounds like you had a great time on Come Date! We’re still casting for guys 35-45 for our last two episodes; if you know anyone who might be interested, we’d love to hear from them! I’ll bump them to the top of the list if they say you sent them.”
00:19 I awkwardly introduce myself.
00:46 I awkwardly reveal that I’ve had dates end very quickly.
01:14 Her notes summarize me as “comedy, sarcastic, Evan Handler” (FYI: Evan Handler is the bald guy from Sex And The City, whom I’m often told I look like)
01:30 Back of my bald head.
01:35 Reprise of me apologizing for not making any sense. But at least she laughed!
Below I’ll paste in the synopsis from this link:
Love Hunter Jodi is an outspoken thirty-something, who is best described as a work-focused go-getter. She even admits to treating potential partners like candidates interviewing for a job. Can you blame her? Between her bustling career, her family and her charity work – Jodi has little time to devote to finding the man of her dreams. Her likes: a confident, self-assured family man with a keen sense of humour. Her dislikes: someone who’s lazy. Our prescription: we temporarily take Jodi off the career track and put her on to the dating fast track. With no time to waste, over the course of seven days, Jodi will go speed dating, be set up by a professional matchmaker and then by someone closer to home… all in the hopes of finding her Mr Right. With three guys to choose from, the question is: who will progress to a second interview… er date?
Here’s the IMDB page for the episode, which I have proudly submitted my name to:
And if my video has whet your appetite to see Jodi’s other dates, you can watch the full episode here:
“Think you have the dating skills to take down the competition? Prove it. Four contestants compete for the attention of one lucky singleton… and a cash prize! Come DATE with Me features four males, from all walks of life and ages, vying for the attention of one lucky lady.”
Well, I don’t think for one second that I have any dating skills, but I’m always up for a challenge. So when my TV producer friend Samara suggested I contact the people at this show, I did so. An hour long phone interview with Susan the casting director ensued. Followed by this morning’s 3-hour long interview in my condo. I gave Susan a tour of my place, which included me acting out the hypothetical dinner party date with my Smurf collection (Smurfette was the girl, I was the Smurf with an acoustic medieval guitar, Bay Street Lawyer was the Smurf who looked like a king, Sports Guy was Football Smurf, and Bar Guy was a beer drinking Smurf). I also improvised a little song on my guitar. And was asked to put on my Enviroman eco-superhero costume. I’m not sure if any of this will help me get on the show. But I sure entertained myself. And that’s really what matters, right? At least, that’s what I keep telling myself when I cry myself to sleep alone every night.