There was a bit of trepidation in my stomach as I made my way to the Public Access studio at City Hall. I was about to be on my first YouTube show, and I didn’t quite know what to think.
When filmmaker Jarrod Crooks asked me to be on his new YouTube show, I jumped at the chance. Would I? It sounded like a ton of fun.
But on my way to the studio, it suddenly became very real. It’s a talk show, and there’s no script. Jarrod, and his cohort Randy, are very funny people, as you can see from the trailer below. They’re both really good guys too, and I happily obliged their request to shoot some promo photos for them. It’s something to add to my resume and I like the idea of being part of one of Crooks’s projects. For those who don’t know, Crooks has produced four feature films now – including his latest, Indie Guys, which I wrote about for City Pages.
Jarrod and Randy are cool, but how would I be on screen?
Well, it turns out, OK. Not great, not bad.
It was fun either way. My episode involved unboxing a set of Super Mario Brothers toys made in Japan – and I had plenty to talk about when it comes to all things Japanese.
I had some tough acts to follow. One of the episodes invovled children, and they were comedy gold. Another involved one of the actors on Indie Guys, who did some hilarious rants. How the heck would I follow that up?
Well, it’s safe to say Hollywood won’t be calling me anytime soon. But it was a fun experience, and Jarrod has mentioned having me back. If he does ask me back, I will likely jump at the chance again.
UPDATE: He did have me back. Apparently there was an issue with the sound, and the whole thing had to be completely scrapped. I came back in for a toy review, in which I appear in about 5 seconds of.
I asked Jarrod if my bit was funny or stupid, and he laughed and said “well, it’s all stupid.” So, suffice it to say, I’m not YouTube famous yet, and it’s unlikely that I ever will be. But, it’s a fun process and I look forward to doing more!
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I’m B.C. Kowalski, writer and photographer, among other things, in Wausau, WI. I also write books, including the Robot Awareness series, and I run Define Photography. Follow me on Twitter too!