April 8 (Whatever day that is in relation to the first day of the blog)

Its been a very interesting time . Makayla has been out for some time now finishing a project she had previously committed to. My work rate (and Bjs I think) has slowed down considerably since her break to complete work on the other film. We need her to work hard with us now – the amount of energy necessary to keep driving this puppy forward is more than I have on my own.

Ive still yet to contact or hear back from Jim and Seth. As each day passes the likelihood of them accepting the roles decreases – this is curious to me as the roles are a gift! I love the characters and as we write more they are becoming more finely drawn. Not only that but from the very first meeting we expressed that we wanted and valued artist input in many different ways (script development, style, shooting schedule etc..) I don’t know if this is typical, I doubt it. I’m still hoping they are interested as they would be very well suited, but if not, it will be back to see more plays and back to the comedy clubs for me – not a great chore as I love doing both!

I am well on the way to completing another script that was prompted by Steven Duffany who works in the telemarketing room at my workplace. One day he stopped me and remarked that if I ever needed a voice-over guy he would fit the bill. He then proceeded to give an example of his best “movie voice-over guy” voice, which was a perfectly acceptable cliched rendition. I told him that if we did I’d use him. On the way home that day the idea that has become a new episode struck me – all thanks to Steven’s suggestion. I knew that inviting people to contribute in whatever way they would like would be a good idea , I had no idea how good though. Suffice to say Steven will be featured in an episode – I’m sure you’ll recognize his work.

TBS has taken over virtually every element of my life. I even asked a clients daughter to be one of our t-shirt models. I mention the show to most people I meet through work, they’ve got to think I am mad. Here’s the guy that came to sell us windows telling us about this web comedy series thing that he’s doing and then he asks us to go onto facebook and become a fan…and he talks with a weird accent. Oh well, it gives them something to talk about and quite a few have actually become fans.

Ive also approached Will Carnegie to contribute some script ideas. A good friend of my brothers, Will is Zimbabwean and now lives in London. More international flavor to the show! Will possesses a completely crazy sense of humour and is very film knowledgeable. Every time I have seen Will – which is very infrequently I admit – he manages to throw into the conversation a movie quote delivered verbatim. When you look back at him blankly (not recognizing the quote, which is almost always the case) he looks back at you dumbfounded as if to say “how could you not recognize that quote” . Will is sure to come out with some cracking stuff and I cant wait to see what he comes back with. Welcome aboard mate.

Off to the gym and then fly up north to meet with a potential housemate at 3pm then race back down south for a work appointment then back to more writing – another quiet day.

I will try to make these entries more frequent- as news occurs probably.

Ciao ragazzi,

Simon

About Simon

Simon Houghton creator of The Bloke Show started life as a baby, going on to become a boy and then a man, at which time he became an actor. As time passed he went on to be a director, later still he became a sales guy, then a business owner. Most recently he regressed and became a writer. Then a driver, then an actor again.
Decisiveness is not one of his strong suits.

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