I interviewed Andy Lee, background actor

I’ve been planning to do fun interviews for a new online show I’ll call “Josh Rachlis 180.” (All the news of Anderson Cooper 360. Half the degrees.) While walking along Yonge Street during TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) on Thursday, I stopped in a pub washroom and thought of the idea for The J List – a feature of JR180 where I interview actors who are lower down the career line than The A List. Then I came across my friend Lindsay’s Love Lettering Project, told her my idea, and she told me to interview her friend Andy, who happened to be standing there. So below is my interview with Andy Lee, background actor in movies and TV shows like Pacific Rim, Saving Hope, The LA Complex and Degrassi: The Next Generation. (To maximize Andy’s exposure to the world, and my exposure to Anderson Cooper, I’ve also posted it as a CNN iReport at http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-839743.)

I wrote the end-of-summer IKEA flyer

Did you get one of these IKEA flyers in the mail yet? If so, you should think of two things. 1) Great deals on stylish furniture, and 2) Me slaving away to entertain you with a few short words that convey style, savings and selection, all at the same time. You’d be surprised at how particular IKEA is about having just the right headlines for their flyers. But after many back-and-forths, here are my 3 headline masterpieces! Now, I just have to figure out how to make my condo look like these photos.

My Life: Another weird guy on public transit ruined my chance with a girl

Ok, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for funny things to talk about on YouTube. Meanwhile, ridiculous things keep happening to me in real life and I’ve been relegating them to Facebook statuses. One of those ridiculous things just happened to me on a bus and I was about to write a status about it when I got off the bus. But it occurred to me, why not record myself talking about it? That might capture the story better. So, at the bottom of this entry, I will post the world’s first Josh Rachlis Video Facebook Status.

But first, this one will require a little background: On Aug 6, 2012, I saw a cute girl waiting for a streetcar and while I was thinking about talking to her on the streetcar, a guy (maybe homeless, but probably just weird) told me I had big muscles. For those of you who aren’t my Facebook friends, here are some screengrabs of the Facebook status that I wrote on my iPhone in my condo lobby right after the incident. You can see that 31 comments ensued.

Ok, so now you’ll know why I couldn’t believe that pretty much the exact same thing just happened to me, less than two weeks later. As you can see, people are excited to hear the tale:

So without further adieu, here’s me telling the story about what happened:

And as proof of my tale, here’s the crappy video of the guy talking to me, with occasional wistful pans to the object of my stymied affections:

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 wrote this IKEA Back To School radio ad

Here’s an IKEA Back To School radio ad that I wrote. It’s called “Agreeing” and went to air on July 30. I know, I know – It’s Back To School time already? How depressing! But hopefully this ad will help cheer you up.
On the left is Katherine Cappellacci, who played the daughter. Then there’s me, who wrote this brilliant piece of comedy. Then there’s Tracey Hoyt, who played the mom. And in the frame is a childhood photo of Jonas, who is the Swedish voice of IKEA and is in the radio ad too. Not sure why his childhood photo was in the recording studio, but it worked out for the purposes of this shot.

I’m acting in this Popeye’s Chicken radio ad

Currently airing across Canada, a new radio ad for Popeye’s Chicken features me as a guy who’s so passionate about his Popeye’s Chicken that he’s recording himself “unboxing” it, just like those people who make videos for YouTube of themselves unboxing new products like iPhones. At the recording session, the Copywriter (who’s familiar with my work) told me: “I just knew you’d understand making an unboxing video.” Not sure why he’d think I could get into the mindset of someone who puts their whole life on the Internet. But anyway, thanks for reading my blog post about the radio ad I just acted in! You can hear it by clicking here.

I’m on the OKCupid Enemies site

A girl in North Carolina popped up on my Facebook just now and asked if that’s me on the “enemies of OKCupid page.” I had no idea what she was talking about, so I Googled it, and, well, of course it’s me. That’s just how my life is. Check it out: http://www.okcenemies.com/post/25447844858#notes

I’m not sure if that’s something I should be posting on this site that’s supposed to be about my creative work. But, well, maybe being vilified on a blog about awful Internet dating profiles is a kind of fame in this modern age. After all, as I write this, there are 76 “notes” under the posting, which is more comments than I’ve ever gotten on my own Facebook posts. And because the girl who told me about it is N.C., that means I’m “known” in the United States. And I’d like to believe that it was my creative writing and photographing that made me worthy of this international public ridicule.
For the record, there’s a bit more to the story than made it into the blog. I didn’t just write “I’m not gay!” in my profile and leave it at that. I’m weird, but not that weird. If you’re interested in the context, feel free to read my full profile at http://www.okcupid.com/profile/BertSeeksErnie. It seems everyone else in the world already has.

The initial warning on Facebook. Boy, I love getting messages like this. How come nobody can ever just say “Hey, how are you?”
The posting on OKCupid Enemies. (Couldn’t I be an OKCupid Annoyance? Am I really so bad as to be an Enemy?
76 “notes” under the posting so far.
More of these brillant notes.

What I actually said about being not gay.