“DON’T DO IT YOURSELF” covers familiar topics such as plumbing, electrical, painting, plastering, and carpentry. Efforts typically start out simple enough, but then quickly turn into comical calamities as Bob and Rob encounter goofy “gotchas” and preposterous pitfalls other home improvement shows seem to keep hidden. But the types of projects attempted can quickly turn from conventional to quirky. For example, the topic of a recent episode was, “Do It Yourself Satellite TV”. You would probably never expect this to include building your own satellite out of old parts from a junkyard, and then launching the satellite on a home-built rocket. The final lesson learned the hard way: remember to launch your rocket outdoors!
“We see a home improvement project on TV then convince ourselves that we can do it, too… easy!” said co-host Rob James. “But when we go buy the materials and get back home to start the project, in real life it can turn into a scene from the Three Stooges. So we thought, let’s do a show that points out the hazards of home improvement projects in a tongue-in-cheek way, while bringing back good old fashioned slap-stick comedy in the vein of classic comedians like Red Skelton, Abbot and Costello, and Laurel and Hardy,” he added.
Co-host Bob Ozasky commented, “We started the show because our wives wanted us to go out and earn some real money, and mistakenly thought this was the way to do it! Also the fact that the world needs to laugh more than ever, and I’d like to think we can help provide the gift of laughter to our viewers. Whether they laugh with us or at us, it’s still a beautiful way for a family to spend time together.”
“DON’T DO IT YOURSELF” airs weekly on FirstRun.tv, Channel 8, which covers a variety of “How-To” topics.
About Bob Ozasky
Bob Ozasky (Bob) was raised in Minneapolis where he earned a degree in Communications at the University of Minnesota. His professional career got a quick kick-start at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, where he was as an Attractions Host. Subsequently, he appeared in numerous commercials, acted as principal, stand-in and featured extra in features and independent films including “Fargo”, “North Country”, “Horror House”, “Trauma”, and “The Mighty Ducks”. In addition to acting, Bob has written several screenplays. Currently, Bob is one of the owners of Taffytown Productions, Inc., which produces “DON’T DO IT YOURSELF”, and other series.
About Rob James
Rob James (Rob), also from Minneapolis, spent many years performing in local theater, and later moved to New York where he performed in Broadway and off-Broadway productions. After landing small roles in several feature films, Rob studied television and film production and moved to a role behind the camera, literally, as he worked as a cameraman for a local late night talk show. He then assumed the position of Director/Producer of the talk show, and continued in that capacity for six more years. His next move was to Los Angeles where he acted in a variety of television shows and pilots, and also worked as Director of Development for a television production company. After twelve years on the west coast, Rob returned to Minneapolis where he remains active in theater production in the Twin Cities.
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