I’m a voice actor in CBC’s The Best Laid Plans!

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?)


I’m hosting Good Report TV!

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.)

I’m hosting a Come Date With Me Canada party

To celebrate the premiere of Come Date With Me Canada, I’ve partnered with The Pipers Pub & Grill for a screening night when the episode airs for the first time. Now, of course it sounds like a great show. I mean, combine the drama of hosting dinner parties with the thrills of pursuing a woman and you can see why W Network picked up the show. But still, why do I care so much? Because I’m one of the contestants in this premiere episode. You can see the official pub poster below. And you can join the Facebook invite by clicking here. I can’t reveal whether I wind up betrothed at the end of the episode. But I can promise you that, either way, I’ll give you an autograph. I just might not be allowed to sign any body parts.

I’m in this trailer for Come Date With Me Canada

This past summer, I posted about an audition I did for the new W Network show “Come Date With Me Canada.” Well, that audition went pretty well, as you can see in the just-released trailer for the show. Which move do you think impressed the lovely blonde more: Burning my hands while cooking, groaning red-faced on the floor, or revealing that my relationships don’t last long? Place your bets after watching me school my fellow suitors on the art of seduction. The trailer is posted here.

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.”

I was a speed dater on Love Hunters

This show aired May 10, 2012  and I’ve already blogged about it, but I’ve just now finally screen recorded the episode from the Slice website and have edited together the brief moments where I was shown in the beginning and end of the episode. So, for those of you who missed it on air, you can now see me in all my humiliation glory. Here’s what to watch for in the video:

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:

I auditioned for Come Date With Me Canada

According to the Facebook page for Come Date With My Canada, here’s what this new TV show is about:

“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.

Susan packing up her camera after filming me in my Enviroman costume. She expressed surprise as to what my costume looked like. I guess she hadn’t actually watched my eco music video. But I’m sure it was just a coincidence that she packed up right after the costume part.

I was on the TV show Judge Karen’s Court

In late 2009, I rented out my condo to a girl who wanted it for just one night. Turns out, that wasn’t my best idea ever. Months later, I submitted a one-sentence summary in response to an L.A. casting call I saw from Judge Karen’s Court. Though the show normally only uses people in California, and certainly just Americans, the producer loved the story so much that in December 2010, they flew me and the defendant down from Canada to Los Angeles for 24 hours to be on their show. So, my apartment got trashed, but I got my first appearance on a national U.S. television show. I believe this is what’s called “turning lemons into lemonade.” This is the first time I’m seeing the episode – It took me this long to track down a copy. But I already knew it ran a couple of times, because I’ve gotten emails from an ex-pat Canadian woman in the U.S. asking how the court case in Canada went, and from a guy in New York state who just wanted to tell me that I’m cute. Being called cute? That is the greatest outcome I could ask for from a court case.