Being Billy Mays’ Assistant

If you’ve been following along, you may remember that I tried out for a puppeteering reality spoof called Felt Up.  Well, I got a part.  A human part.  I am “Paul,” the personal assistant of a Billy Mays impersonator, coincidentally named “Billy.”  The shoot was Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, and there are pictures of me as Paul on the Felt Up link. 

When I arrived on set Wednesday, I was greeted with a water bottle, a script “treatment,” and a playing card featuring the backside of a black man, as he penetrated the anus of a white women.   I was told to keep it in my pocket for inspiration.  It is a reality show after all.  There was an actual film crew with lights, sound, and even one of those zebra boards you smack before the director says, “Action!”  The “treatment” is an outline, a basic synopsis of each scene that leaves the dialogue to be improvised–and the people from ImprovBoston are hilarious.  I was nervous that I wouldn’t stack up to the other actors (and I didn’t), but I managed to be funny enough to merit filming.  During the three days of filming, we moved to different locations ranging from a business office to the Spice and Rice Thai Restaurant. 

I don’t want to tell too much, but I’ll be appearing a few times in the episode, and I managed to work Pomona College into one of my confessional pieces.  Yes, there were confessionals.  When I have links to anything new regarding this, I’ll be sure to put them up.


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