If I’m going to be completely honest I usually don’t make it a point to speak to homeless people.  Not that I find them repulsive or anything like that but because my arch nemesis is a homeless man and I don’t need another one.

It’s January 1997 in Chicago and we’re having a heatwave. It gets up into the mid 30’s during the day, just enough to turn the snow to slush. I’m in wingtip shoes for work which is not waterproof and after just a few misplaced steps I can feel the ice cold water soak my socks. No matter, just a few more blocks and I’ll be home.

A block away from home I see a homeless man making a beeline for me and yell, “Give me $5 dollars!” like I did something wrong. I mean this was close to being a stick-up. He was mad. I didn’t appreciate him speaking to me this way so I asked him why and he’d reply, “None of your business!”

I will say this confused me when I heard it. Was it my business? On one hand, if you ask for a loan from the bank they will want to know why you want the money. On the other hand, this was not a loan. He never said he was going to give me the $5 back. No, this was a gift and if it’s a gift then once I give it it’s now his to do with what he pleases. I have no right to ask.

It didn’t matter because I had no cash or coins on me anyway. I had deposited every last dime a few blocks earlier so I’d have enough for my rent check. Even though I knew my wallet was empty I opened it in front of him so he wouldn’t think I was just blowing him off. I then said what everybody does in that situation, “Sorry buddy, I don’t have any cash on me right now.” I figured he’d just keep walking but no. Now it was time for me to get a tongue lashing. He responded, “You piece of shit. I hope you get frost bite.” Huh. I wasn’t expecting that, especially since he saw my empty wallet. I wanted to say “Well, I hope you get frostbite too.”, but that could actually happen to him being homeless in Chicago so I said, “Sorry.” and walked away defeated.  I can’t believe I said that. I was so angry with myself. I had been given this nasty motion by a guy and I didn’t do anything.

As laid in bed that night with no frostbite I thought of great comebacks for the next time we met. I was sure he’d say something like, “Did you get frostbite yet?” and I’d say, “Did you get a job?” or “No. Did you?” Or maybe he’d walk right past me not saying a word but giving me a dirty look and I’d say, “What’s the matter? Frostbite got your tongue?” Yea, that’d show him. Or better yet, I’d show him my wallet with a crisp $5 bill and tell him why he wasn’t going to get it.

I didn’t have to wait long, the next afternoon as I walked down the sidewalk I saw him. I was ready. As he grew closer I grew a little happier with every step. I’d finally get my revenge. I did a quick check to make sure the $5 bill was there. Yep. Now all I have to do is let him make the first move so I could adjust my comeback from there.

But the next time he saw me he didn’t even recognize me. There was no mistaking that look. He looked at me as though this were the first time we had ever met. No, instead of him referring to our last argument he just yelled at me for $5 again. I was so thrown back that he didn’t recognize me that I found myself confused again and stumbling over my thoughts. How could he not recognize me? We were mortal enemies. He was my nemesis and I was his.

But I had no time to ponder this, I had to act quickly. I started out by saying, “No. And I’ll tell you why.” This was going to be good. He’ll see the error of his ways by the time I was done, but before I could give him a tongue lashing he called me a piece of shit, hoped I got frostbite and chased after someone else across the street.

It all happened so fast. Before I could react he was halfway across a busy street.  This was bad, not only did I get called a piece of shit again but my own nemesis doesn’t even recognize me. Matter of fact, this time he blew me off for someone else. Now I could only watch helplessly as he attacked an innocent bystander with his wicked words. Although I couldn’t hear due to the sounds of city life, I could see my nemesis demanding $5 and then the other man, who looked confident, said something. I don’t know what he said, but my homeless nemesis just turned around and walked away. He didn’t call him a piece of shit he didn’t wish frostbite on him, he just walked away.

As I laid in bed that night my toes were cold. Maybe I’d wake up with frostbite but who cares. Why didn’t he call the other guy a piece of shit? Why didn’t he recognize me? I didn’t sleep much that night.

The next day as I rode the Red Line listening to the sounds of tracks I pondered my existence. Why did this man hate me so? Why only me? Then I asked myself the right question, “Why do I care?”. Forget that he’s homeless, he’s just some guy. Who cares what he thinks of me. It’s my experience that some people can’t stand to see others doing well and will say and do things to get you to stop succeeding. Heck, I can usually spot those type right away. Even the hard ones to spot. You know, the people who pretend like they’re helping but you always leave them feeling a little less of yourself and your abilities. The ones who give you compliments that don’t quite feel right. Like, “That was really good…for you.” or the ones who give you “constructive criticism” without you even asking for it. They put the word constructive in front of it like I’m supposed to buy it. It’s still criticism.  The first definition of criticism is “the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes“. “Constructive” my ass. Why do I need your approval again? Not that someone telling me they hope I get frostbite is constructive, but that’s where I ended up in my thoughts.

As I listened to the steel wheels of the Red Line role along I felt better. Matter of fact I felt good enough to tell my good friend who was riding next to me the whole story. As I told him there was no way I could have known the shell shocker he was about to tell me. You see, he knew exactly who I was talking about. I expected that this homeless guy was relentless. But he also knew that this guy wasn’t homeless at all. Nope. Turns out he lives in my friends’ apartment building, which is much nicer than mine. He has a car, a job and likes to berate people for a pass time. I thought I’d be livid but I wasn’t. I had already figured this guy out so it didn’t really matter why he was doing this. It didn’t matter to me if he was homeless or not. A jerk is a jerk and their occupation or living arrangements don’t define them. You can either decide to be a good person with integrity and honor or not. You don’t need $5 to make that decision.

That night I found my shoes filled with slush as I walked to my apartment. Only a block away I saw my nemesis on the other side of the street. As soon as he saw me he darted through the traffic right to me leaving a trail of angry cabbies.  But this time I knew him for who he really was, just some guy who was trying to squash everyone around him down to his level. I didn’t really care anymore. When he looked into my eyes I saw recognition. He didn’t recognize me, but he recognized that I knew what he was truly up to. Never mind that I knew he wasn’t homeless, I knew why he was out here doing this to people. He paused for a bit, then delivered his $5 line, nowhere near as confident. This time instead of trying to come over top of me he shrank. After he asked for the $5 I said no and he walked away… defeated.  There was no witty comeback on my part, no vile words on his part. Just a complete ending of this charade.

I know some of you reading this are disappointed that I didn’t thrash this guy with wicked words and witty comebacks but don’t worry, the story doesn’t end here.

I hadn’t walked but a few steps to hear him yelling at his next victim, a nice middle-aged black woman. Now I knew this lady, sort of. I had seen her quite a few times in the local convenience store. We had exchanged pleasantries here and there she was a mother of four, very fair and loving but her kids didn’t dare cross her and for sure they would not disrespect her. She was a proud woman with honor and integrity. If you ask me, mothers are the backbone of society but I’m getting off track.

Now I do believe that if he had to do it over again he would of never demanded $5 from her and he certainly wouldn’t of called her a piece of shit who would get frostbite.

I’ve never heard foul language flow out of a woman’s mouth with such grace, it was like listening to poetry. And it wasn’t just foul language at the same time she was lecturing him like he was one of her children, only she had no love for this child.

Turning around I found him darting through traffic again, not to attack his next victim, because there was no one on the other side of the street, but to get away from this woman. Not that it helped because she followed him. He wasn’t getting off that easy. And if this guy’s day couldn’t get any worse, he was walking into the wolfs den and didn’t know it. He had no clue he was heading toward her apartment building where three of her girlfriends just happened to be coming out of the front door. He was surrounded. Oh, it didn’t take long for our heroine to bring her girlfriends up to speed. A couple of quick sentences and they were briefed enough to join in on the fun. It was a barrage of vulgar verbal assaults. They had no pity on him because he was “homeless”. After a while I found myself thinking, “Dude! Just keep moving. Just find a hole, shoot through it and book it out of there!” I can’t believe I was feeling bad for him but that was a slaughter. He finally got away with his tail tucked between his legs. I couldn’t help but notice that after he left the women all acted as if it were just another day at the office. They didn’t make a big deal out of what just happened, matter of fact they were already admiring one’s new winter coat. He was forgotten. Amazing creatures women are. I’m sure I could learn something there. Probably the fact it doesn’t really matter what happened to you in the past, it’s what you’ve got right there in front of you that you should be focusing on.

After that day I never saw him again. I’m guessing the fact that I knew what he was really up to made it not so appealing to work our block anymore. Plus a beautiful mother of four and her friends are enough to scare off anybody. I told you mothers are the backbone of society.

Oh, and to this day I have yet to get frostbite. Although, I did move to L.A. just to play it safe.


So I got a quite a few emails lately asking how to be an actor. Here’s some of what I know. Of course, there is much more than what I’m about to write but I’m sure this will get you started.

First off, it be easier if you live in L.A. due to there is much more work in L.A. But if you can’t make it you can still act in the town you’re in until you can get to L.A. or New York. But again, L.A. has more work than any other city by far.

So once you get to L.A. I’d get myself into acting classes. It’s just like any other profession you got to keep practicing. There’s a lot of acting schools in L.A. my favorite is they get you completely trained as an actor. But go and check out a few.

Once you feel comfortable and think you’re ready for auditions you’re going to need an agent. So first things first you’re going to need headshots. Set aside at least $300 buck for that. Do NOT skimp on headshots! This is how you get auditions so if your headshot sucks it’s going to suck for you. You can check out some of mine, I get quite a few compliments from casting directors ( To find a photographer just type the keyphrase “headshots Los Angeles” and start shopping.

Now that you have your headshots you’re going to get them printed (again, don’t skimp here, find a good printer) and submit them to agents. To find the addresses for agents you can go to a store here in L.A. called Samuel French. It’s a store for just for actors. It has tons of books, plays, monologues, etc. You’ll ask them for agent labels. ($20) Put your headshot in a manila folder and put the label on it stick it in the mail. Also, you’ll staple your resume on the back of your headshot. Again, go to my website and you can see how I made my resume, its the “accepted format” for resumes. If you haven’t done much don’t worry about it. Put down what you’ve done. Many people have booked gigs with no experience. If you don’t let it be a stop then no one else will.

When an agent calls you-you’ll have to do a monologue for them so have at least two prepared. Maybe a comedic monologue and a dramatic. If you don’t want to comedy then have two dramatics or vice versa. Up to you. There is also commercial agents that only work on submitting you on commercials. Commercials probably won’t make you famous but you can make really good money doing it. If you hate doing commercials, then forget them and focus on what you want to do.

It may be a little nerve-racking but the fact is the agents, casting directors, directors, producers, want you to do good. They’re on your side. If you do good then they’ve got their actor!

Next, you won’t wait for an agent to get you work. There are auditions that you can submit for on your own. There are really 2 main websites that have auditions. 1. and 2. Go to these sites and set up a page, it’ll walk you through how to do it and you’ll have access to auditions and can submit to things that you’re right for. L.A. Casting will have more commercials on it. They cost about $15 a month or so.

What I did when I first came out here from Chicago was submit to a bunch of student films. I didn’t know what it was like being on set and needed to learn so I did about 30 student films. Best school I ever did. What your striving for is self-confidence. All the great actors have one thing in common. Self-confidence. The way to get it is to do it over and over and figure out what you don’t know. That’s why you stay in an acting school and try to perform as much as possible. A good acting school will teach you what you don’t know and performing will let you apply what you just learned. This combination will build your self-confidence to a very high level.

Also, there is voiceover. Can be very lucrative. I have friends making deep 6 figures a year in voiceover a year. But again you’ve got to work at it. I’d suggest starting at They can train you from start to finish on everything you’d ever need to know. Plus the lady that owns it is actually a working voiceover casting director. Plus she’s nice. Be warned, voice over is much more expensive to start. Set aside a good $6000. But the good thing about voiceover is you can do many auditions from home nowadays and can live anywhere really and still have agents all over the country.

Now if for some reason it’s just not realistic that you can get to a big city and you live out in the boonies don’t give up. You can still act. It’s called YouTube. I have a web series that I wrote, directed and starred in called The Dick and Jane Show. It’s done very well for me. Nowadays you can even make quite a living online. Some of those YouTube stars are making well into the 6 figures. So you can start a web series and then promote it. Which is really the important part. Make sure you promote it. You may need to learn about Social Media Marketing. There’s quite a bit of free training on that online as well. If you don’t know how to use a camera go to They’ve got free training on that as well. And for sure don’t forget the sound. People will forgive bad lighting, but bad sound you’re a dead man. Get a good mic or lavalieres and learn what you can with sound. As far as editing, you can get Final Cut Pro which is what many blockbuster films are edited on for $300 nowadays. Just go to and check it out.

If you think you could make commercials better than some of the ones you’ve seen on TV many companies are crowdsourcing nowadays. You can go to sites like or and do a spec commercial. I have some friends who just started doing this and have done almost 20 commercials in their first 4 months! But again, they work hard at it.

It all comes down to what it is you want to have in life. First, decide that and then figure out what you’ll need to be in order to have it and then do the steps that align with your goals.

And never, I mean never, listen to anyone who tells you not to try or tells you it can’t be done or you’ll never make it, etc.

Hope this helps.


Today I have the great honor to interview the extremely funny star of YouTube’s hit comedy series, The Dick and Jane Show, namely Elvis Winterbottom. He carries a ubiquitous pipe, but never have I seen it lit; he displays a wry deadpan humor reminiscent of a hodge-podge of comedy’s greatest; and he has as his wife on the show (Jane)a the very cute and witty actress, Kate Dean (who is also the Executive Producer).

Like baseball’s one-time motto, “Catch the Fever,” you should do yourself the favor of checking out even one episode (they’re short; under ten minutes each) of the series, and you’ll catch the fever, yourselves. It’s the cure for the dreaded Bieber Fever (Yes! That’s preachable, or at least, Tweetable!). The shows are like Saturday Night Live skits, or Second City ones (which Elvis has been a member of), and Elvis’s humor reminds me of an unholy cross between Seinfeld, Bob Newhart, Jon Lovitz, Bob Hope, and Dick Van Dyke, with a little bit of Ren & Stimpy thrown in for good measure.

Let’s get on to the questions, shall we, Elvis?

Douglas R. Cobb: Elvis, I am a recent fan of yours and The Dick and Jane Show, but I’ve seen all of the first and second seasons and found myself laughing out loud at them. Are you filming the third season, or have some episodes already been shown on YouTube from a third season that I’ve possibly missed?

Elvis Winterbottom: Well first off, thank you for the incredibly kind words. As far as the third season it actually has a bit of a story to it. I noticed that anytime a show has a “lost episode” the fans go nuts and run out and by it in droves. So I thought I’d pull a publicity stunt and have the third season be a “lost season”. Well I then thought the best way to make sure the third season stayed lost was not to shoot it at all. Then from there I’d tell everybody it’s lost. But unfortunately I’m not good at keeping a secret and I told everyone that I didn’t really shoot the third season and am only doing a publicity stunt so it never took off like I hoped. I’m now thinking of skipping the third and fourth season all together going straight to the fifth season but getting canceled from YouTube before we can shoot it. That way the fans will get upset and demand us to come back. I haven’t worked it all out yet but something like that.

How long does it generally take for you to write an episode? Is there much ad-libbed material in an episode?

Well don’t tell anybody but they’re all first drafts and I write them in about an hour. Just tell everybody that each episode is hand written from the finest ink imported from Germany and has taken Elvis on average four years per episode to write. Wait… this is a blog…umm…OK….tell everybody not to read the first part of my answer.

OH. You asked about ad lib. Well once I write the scripts I never read them again so they could be ad libbing and I’d never know. I can’t read or write so I have no clue what their lines are but don’t tell the actors that.

I can tell you that I usually give the script to the actors about a day or two before the shoot, sometimes the day of the shoot. Then they yell at me for not giving them anytime to learn their lines. Then I say, “I’m sorry but I was watching TV and forgot to write the script.” Then they say, “This has been scheduled for weeks. What could you have been watching that long?” Then I say, “Cartoons.” Then they say, “Do you think that’s a good idea since you have a family to take care of?” Then I say, “Mind your own business.” Then they get mad and go get something to eat at craft services.

Dick’s love of pipes and his dream of owning a Meerschaum pipe is a pretty cool running joke throughout the series. And, pipes seem to be something that all of the males characters of the series, with the possible exception of the “Canadian” Burt (really Shane, from Springfield, Illinois), also use as props and are almost worshipful about.

Maybe this is a MidWestern thang; my father smoked a pipe (cigs, also), and my oldest brother smokes one, and, though I live in Arkansas now, I am also a native of Illinois. Crap! where’s my question?

Oh, here it is; I wrote it down on a napkin at lunch. What gave you the idea to use a pipe as a prop for your character of Dick? Why is the pipe never shown lit?

Well the pipes represent a dark side of my life. I was once in a pipe gang. We were as evil as they came. We’d hit the streets and just wait for someone to come by smoking a pipe and then mug them for their pipe. Pipe jacking. It didn’t matter to us who it was. A priest, rabbi, kid, mom, we stole from all of them.

Once there was a baby smoking a pipe and we stole it from her. Jesus, she couldn’t of been 8 months old at best but I didn’t care, I had to have that pipe. I’d gotten in deep and didn’t think I’d ever get out. At one point I couldn’t even take a shower without smoking a pipe. But then I went to pipe rehab and vowed to never steal a pipe again. I’m 38 months clean now. So I guess the pipe symbolizes all those people I’ve stolen from. I know they’ll never get there pipes back and there isn’t a night that goes by that I don’t wake up in a cold sweat knowing that those poor people are pipeless. So I guess me putting the pipes in the episodes is me saying I’m sorry.

Oh and as far as it not being lit, it’s just for continuity.

I’d like to ask you some questions now, Elvis, about some of the episodes of the first & second seasons.

I noticed certain repeated phrases or variations of them that might be considered to be catch-phrases of Dick’s, like “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” and “Who would have thought?” Did you intend from the very beginning of the first season to have these be memorable catch-phrases, or did they come about as the series progressed and your audience built up?

Ummmmmm….yea. I meant for them to be catchphrases. I knew it all along. I’m good that way. Yep. Catchphrase that’s what I meant to do. So there’s no need to think otherwise.

Hmm. I was going to sue myself for plagiarizing myself but if it was just catchphrases I don’t know how strong of a case I’ll have. Have to ask my lawyer what I should do.

The third episode of the first season, “Dodge sucker,” is one of the earlier ones that I really enjoyed viewing. Could you go into it a little bit for our readers, and explain how the idea of the suckers stuck in various characters’ hair came about? Also, Jane’s (Kate’s) line referring to her husband, Dick, about “He is my Alpha dog and I’m his Alpha bitch,” was an inspired piece of writing. Did you come up with that turn of phrase, or did Kate, or someone else?

Well many people don’t know this but I was in the Air Force. At one point I was stationed in Caribou Maine. I very dangerous place. While there I was captured by the enemy and they would make us play Dodge Sucker and bet on who’d win. One time Airman Lawson got some sucker juice in his eye. He said it stung really bad.

As far as the “Alpha dog” line goes everything for the most part is scripted. But like I said, I can’t read or write so I’m not sure what I typed. Like now, I could be typing the Constitution and wouldn’t know it. I’m just pressing buttons.

Douglas R. Cobb: Jane’s character is obsessed with food in the shape of balls, like popcorn ball, ham balls, etc. No wonder, I guess, with a husband whose first name is…that’s too easy of a joke, but it’s actually the truth. As Peter Griffin (of Family Guy) might say: “It’s funny ’cause it’s true.”

What’s your personal favorite ball-shaped food, and your favorite type of pipe?

Well I like Butter Balls. As far as pipes go you have to give it up for Dunhill or Savinelli. But if I had my choice there’s these really neat ones that you can put bubbles in and then blow and bubbles come out. Who’da thought!?!

Shane’s character (Houston Graham)of the “New Guy” who moves himself into Dick and Jane’s house without their permission (initially, at any rate) was a great addition to the series. Whose idea was it to add him? Didn’t Bush build a fence to keep out Canadians? How did he get into our country, anyway? Were any Canadians hurt during the filming of your series? Who thought up the idea that “Burt,” is a shorter, more American name to refer to Shane? Those crazy Canadians with their difficult-to-pronounce names…why, if I didn’t like maple syrup so much, I’d….

OK. You asked a lot of questions here. I got confused at the two dots after your name.

First off as we all know Canadians are pure evil. I would know better than anyone because I used to be Canadian. Now I know that my mother and father were born and bred in Chicago and I was born in Joliet Illinois and have the birth certificate to prove it but that still doesn’t account for the fact that I enjoy fishing for Walleye Pike. It took over 6 surgeries to get all of the Canadian out of me but I finally did it. I think that’s why I use to steal pipes to be honest.

The point is I wrote him into the show just to let the Canadians know that I’m on to them. And yes, they have hard names to pronounce. Like Shane or Jessica.

OH and I almost forgot half of them are pretending to be French. So you think you’re talking to a French person but no, it’s a Canadian. Slippery fellows those Canadians, just like Walleye Pike.

Another Favorite episode of mine from the first season was Episode 4: “Yo Mama Smells Like Ham Balls,” with Jane giving Dick lessons on how to do Yo Mama insults in order to win a ham from the Beaver Lodge, where Dick is a member. The reason she wants a ham? As Jane says: “Ham balls will go well with my macaroni balls.” Yum. My mouth is salivating at the very thought.

Mild-mannered (but lady’s man, somehow) Dick has to go head-to-head against his fellow Beaver Lodge members, finally facing a surrogate, a ringer who’s won several Yo Mama competitions. The scene where Dick fires back a series of expletives which are all bleeped was one of the funniest bits of the entire show and the series–I cracked up, despite not knowing what it was Dick was actually saying.

Who came up with the Yo Mama jokes, and the idea for Dick to face the ringer?

OK, this is the only time I’ll be serious.

First off, the Yo Mama jokes for the most part have been past down for years. Nothing new there. Did you know that there really is Yo Mama competitions? True story. Now in some of the poorer parts of cities many people don’t have money to go to movies or go see a comic and pay a two drink minimum so they’d goof around and tell Yo Mama jokes to each other for their own entertainment. I totally dig that. So it’s my homage to those guys I guess. I like the fact that people don’t need a gadget or the Internet to entertain themselves.

As far as the ringer, it was played by Brian Lay. It’s funny, he may just be the nicest guy out of all of us. I remember when we were shooting he waited around for hours just in case we needed him again. Didn’t have to do that but he did. I wanted to shoot some more with him but I ran out of time and we couldn’t shoot the scene I wanted and he was like, “No worries. Just glad I could be in it.” I’ll never forget that.

I also love the attention to detail, like even background detail, in the series. The banner at the Beaver Lodge that says: “We Eat Wood,” was great, and it was a nice homage to Bob Hope when you included his photo (pipe included) on one of the Lodge walls.

Are you a big fan of Hope’s, and some of the comedians of the past, like Benny, Dick Van Dyke, and Newhart?

Huge fan of all those old timers. Their timing and delivery was off the charts. As far as Bob Hope, most of all I love his body of work. It didn’t matter to him what medium he found a way to get in there and work. Kinda like me and telemarketing. It doesn’t matter what product I have to sell as long as there is a $300 paycheck at the end of the week I’m happy.

In Season 2, I think in the episode “Pipe Poker,” you mention your honeymoon with Jane to Jamaica. Alway the tobacco aficionado, you manage to track to a special blend there. Could you tell our readers what happens after that?

Well the last thing I remember, we somehow ended up in Cuba then the next thing I know I was on a raft heading for Florida. Seems like we were on on that raft for days. I remember we’d sing show tunes and laugh. Best of times. We got picked up by the Coast Guard though. I don’t know what happened to the other guys on the raft. I miss them dearly though.

The Game Show of Love you have in the Season 2 episode 4, “Gettin’ Some,” where Jane tries to get Burt/Shane a date was hilarious, also.

That’s when we learn about Dick’s fondness for thinking up bumper sticker remarks, my personal favorite of his being: “Do chickens think rubber humans are funny?”

The surrealness of, or ultra-realness of, the world of Dick and Jane is one of the qualities that makes the show work so well on so many other levels.

What made you decide to do a series that is in part an homage. and in part a send-up, or the classic comedy series like the Dick Van Dyke Show?

Oh I had to do some community service for some unpaid tickets and this was my punishment.

I could go on and on, but I’ll conclude the interview with one more question (maybe–no promises). What projects are you currently working on, Elvis? And, do you have plans to eventually expand the Dick and Jane Show to a half-hour in length? Also, where can our readers learn more about you, and The Dick and Jane Show?

I’ve completely quit the business and now only do Multi Level Marketing. But don’t tell the readers that. Have them skip over that part as well. Tell them that I’m busy with a feature film that I’m writing and directing. You know what? Better yet, tell them that I now own Universal Studios and Warner Brothers and that I’m this really powerful tycoon and a bunch of people like me and want to hang out with me but I’m too busy and famous so I can’t and then they want to hang out with me even more and then I sign autographs for them but they say it’s for their kid but I know it’s really for them.

Thanks, Elvis, for granting me the privilege of interviewing you. You and your co-stars, Kate Dean (Jane), Jessica Drolet (Rose) and Houston Graham (Shane/Burt), as well as the many other very funny guest stars of the series, deserve to see even more fame and a wider audience.

You’re welcome.

So, all of you reading this interview: If you haven’t already checked out The Dick and Jane Show, I urge you to do so asap! You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll LOL at Elvis’s and Kate’s excellent series, as I did!

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October 26, 2010 09:07 ET

Comedy Series “The Dick and Jane Show” to Launch Second Season

Internet Sensation Delivers Laughs, Hits, and Blue Popcorn Balls Will Screen at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, November 3rd

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) –  YouTube has brought us dancing guinea pigs, drunken rants and karate-kicking babies. And now it’s given us another phenomenon, The Dick and Jane Show. Since its debut episode, which averaged around 85,000 hits, this quirky comedy has quickly gained a cult following of the adventures of a husband and wife in an idealized suburban 1960s. And with eight episodes already under its belt, The Dick and Jane Show has proved it’s no flash in the web with the launch of the second season on November 2nd, with new episodes every three weeks.

Filled with sly innuendo, delivered dead on or dead pan by lead actors Elvis Winterbottom and Katie Dean, imagine I Love Lucy meets Saturday Night Live. You’ll either be laughing out loud, or wondering, “Did I just hear what I think I did?”

Said executive producer and actress Katie Dean, “YouTube has become the breeding ground for new talent and stories that would otherwise never have a public audience. That’s why we decided that The Dick and Jane Show would fit perfectly there.”

Indeed, with Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy, and Justin Halpern’s Twitter feed Sh*t My Dad Sayscoming to network TV, the internet is the place to be, and The Dick and Jane Show is the next must see comedy series. Each seven minute episode averages around 20,000 hits, with comic situations ranging from a “Yo Momma contest” to a home invasion by “The New Guy” to Jane’s famous popcorn balls, dyed to match the occasion (red for Halloween or blue for July 4th). The series is also being developed as a comedy series for television.

Their latest episode received over 8,000 hits in just 12 days. The sheer, subtle genius of the show was also recognized as an official selection in the coveted New Media Film Festival in May and was recently named a semi-finalist in NextTV Entertainment’s on-line NextTV Web Series CompetitionThe Dick and Jane Show will screen at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival November 3rd at Theatre Asylum in Los Angeles.

Conceived and written by Elvis Winterbottom, The Dick and Jane Show represents Elvis’ love of Improv. A student of Del Close, he has starred in over 30 plays and musicals, as well as countless stand-up comedy performances. A true character actor, he has also been in 40 films since moving from his hometown of Chicago to L.A.

Much like the character she plays, Katie Dean loves cookbooks, flea markets and arts and crafts when not acting as executive producer and lead actress on The Dick and Jane Show. With a passion for comedy, she moved to L.A. from the Midwest, where she met Elvis Winterbottom at The Acting Center, and a sensation was born.

A creative addition to The Dick and Jane Show producing team includes actors Sevier Crespo (Larry) who performed in and produced the film Fastlane and Jessica Drolet (Rose) who studies at Los Angeles based Acting Center and can be seen in the upcoming feature film Freedom for Joe.

The on-line raves have continued with an all-star supporting cast, including Houston Graham (The New Guy) seen in BonesPancho’s Pizza and Sondeheim’s Assassin; Jim Meskimen (Rules of EngagementThe New Adventures of Old ChristineParks and Recreation); Tait Ruppert (Fat ActressSwordfish); and Dan Jablons (Curb Your Enthusiasm). And the accolades also extend to cameraman Tom Myrdahl, who has been a director of photography for over 25 years, and has won eight Telly Awards and two Ava awards for his commercial and internet work.

Tune in to The Dick and Jane Show’s newly created website by Right Foot Media.

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The Dick and Jane Show is represented by:
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