Hello all. As I write this I’ve completed 8 stops out of 13 on the “I Laugh Therefore I Think (#ILTIT) tour across Ontario with Ivan Decker as my hilarious supporting act. We’ve had great shows so far, particularly in Barrie and Ottawa and we hope to see more comedy fans out at the remaining shows which resume May 7 in Port Hope and wrap up May 12 at the Grand Theatre in my old hometown of London.
In the meantime, I’m happy to announce that the show I was filming the last 6 months, “I Wrecked My House”, debuts on HGTV Canada this Tuesday April 28 at 10:00pm and I’ll be live tweeting on Twitter @patterballs.
When I was approached to film the pilot by Tim Alp at Ottawa-based Mountain Road Productions in late 2013, I was skeptical. For one, I have few, if any, home renovation skills. The only thing I’ve installed properly at my home is a “Rocky” poster above the toilet in my basement bathroom. A “routine” closet kit for our baby daughter’s room took me 3 days to install. I’m not a handy man.
I also didn’t want to be the guy who walked into people’s homes and made fun of them for their un-handywork. That, to me, would be an arsehole move.
Fortunately though, that’s not what this show is about.
It’s about people who have started repairs they can’t finish do mostly to a lack of resources and time (and skills). The men and women (but mostly men) who have “wrecked” their houses know they shouldn’t have started what they couldn’t finish. They know there shouldn’t be a giant hole in the ceiling of the kitchen, which is also the floor of the upstairs bathroom, which allows for eye contact where there should never be eye contact.. They know that when they say they will finish something “someday” that day will likely never come.
But fortunately, “I Wrecked My House” also features an expert team of renovators, lead by Dave Rannala, a Victoria, BC contractor who is by far the handiest man I’ve ever met. The ladies tell me he’s not too bad on the eyes either. Which is good, because I am funny looking.
In any case, Dave and his team, including the almost equally handsome and handy Carson brothers from Dartmouth Nova Scotia (that means they’re good people) and amazing design by Caroline Harrison from Barrie, complete incredible renovations that transform homes and family’s lives.
So far, maybe this sounds like other HGTV shows you have seen. But it’s not. For one, it’s the first HGTV show that has been brave enough to have ME host. It’s also the only HGTV show that stresses making people laugh as well as making things right. And due to the meticulous nature of our sound engineer Adam Bowick, it SOUNDS amazing. You’ll hear what I mean.
The result is feel good tv which I’m proud to be a part of.
So I hope you’ll watch “I Wrecked My House” every week for the next 13 weeks. Or at least set your PVR’s and then binge watch them all like the gluttonous media consumer I am. If you like what you see, please spread the word. And who knows, maybe I’ll bring this amazing team to fix a house that you have wrecked for season 2.
Good talk everybody.