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infinite zest - 2015-02-10

I always wanted to go on one of these shows with my ex wife, in all reality it was a very easy divorce, and kinda fun. We even had a divorce shower. But I think you get about 1,000 and free airplane rides to be on this shit and we're both really good actors. Basically I want to be the second poeTV user to be on Dr Phil, unless there's more besides Boomer.

EvilHomer - 2015-02-10

I still love how Boomer used his Dog-fu and totally kicked Dr Phil's ass. Dude's a jerk to every one of his guests, but not Boomer.

That guy - 2015-02-10

I'm immediately reconsidering the nothing-but-heebie-jeebies that Boomer has given me over the years.

infinite zest - 2015-02-10

Actually Boomer would know.. I enjoy my job but I still troll craigslist at work, especially because I'm looking for extra/modeling stuff on the side and I see these ads but they never say which show, just TV SHOW IN NEW YORK CITY or something like that. Some of them just provide airfare and meals but some of them pay.

Boomer The Dog - 2015-02-11

I was just being my Boomie self, so I didn't know how he took it, but I've wondered if other guests had ever barked on his show. No, really I was hoping to woof my story and have a serious discussion about it. Months later, Jimmy Fallon asked Phil if he ever had any questionable guests that he wasn't sure about, and he mentioned the 'guy who thinks he's a Dog' and an adult baby they had one time.

I got an e-mail and call from a producer after she saw my website. She had questions and we went over my story for a while. Maybe a week later she called back again and said they wanted to do a very special animal episode, and if I'd be interested in going on the show to tell my story and hear what Dr. Phil has to say.

There were lots of questions and dialog, about being a Dog and my past, what my school and family thought and how they took it. I was sending scans of old photos, and doing exercises that Dr. Phil created to make you think, like describe your biggest turning points and 5 most important people in your life. I have to bark that they were very thorough on that and I had homework every night. The whole first contact to going to the show seemed to take a couple of months as things got worked out.

It was an experience, I was ballin' in limos and a beautiful hotel, but they didn't give me any girls to party with though, I'd take Benji 2 and Spuds.. :)

One of the coolest things, besides being on the show was that the studio was located on the Paramount campus, with the back lot you see in a lot of movies. Here's Boomer was a Paramount show, so I was filming in the same studio that my number one Dog filmed! That's a memory for a lifetime, even if I never got to meet Here's Boomer like I would have wanted.


Boomer The Dog - 2015-02-11

I don't know about the jobs on Craigslist and if they're any good or even real. I'd be worried about a scam in that because lots of people want to get acting work or be discovered, and a shady company could charge a consideration fee for the prospect of being in some future show or movie.

I haven't looked into those or signed up for anything, but I've seen those ads from looking up producers who contacted me, to see what they're up to with a show and as a background check.

In my experience there are lots of small legit production companies hoping to get a concept together and market it to networks, to see if they can get a network to pay for their show to be made. Lots of them don't seem to work out, at least in my case, they're doing a small niche, and there aren't enough participants, or few others who have opinions to make a well rounded story from it.

I heard from at least a half dozen of those, they get your story, ask for releases to be signed, and a couple of them sent cameras to do pitch films, a little interview and where I'd get into my Dog costume and walk around and show it off.

My advice is to put up your own website, hopefully in your name or something connected with you, with an e-mail address on that domain. Producers don't like social sites like Facebook, those make it hard to get in touch with you and ask questions.

Talk about your interest or collection, like if you're a lift enthusiast or manhole cover collector, just tell your story with all of the depth you can and let them come to you. Nearly all of the contacts I've had have come through my site.


EvilHomer - 2015-02-11

Hollywood chews you up and spits you out like an old squeekie toy. Where once you were her darling, now she doesn't even return your calls... Jerks. :(

I don't know Dr Phil, but I've seen some of his shows, and in my experience his approach has always been the same. Dr Phil is basically there to provide a good, stern finger-wagging for his audience's entertainment, an audience made up mostly of stay-at-home moms and cranky busibodies. He's not as lurid and plebian as Springer, nor as much of an imperious bastard as Dr Laura, but fills a cultural role somewhere between the two. He gets (for want of a better term) "losers" to come on his show, then nags them and tells them to get jobs, stand up straight, chew with your mouth closed, stop disappointing your mother - you know, all the things his audience wishes they could tell people.

When you were on though, Boomer, I noticed that he lost his fight. I think I mentioned this on a previous Dr Phil video here, but as you watch the show, you can see Dr Phil gearing up to start ripping into you, and then just deflating and losing all his fight. You've got a very friendly, disarming, and dare I say it, even neurotypically healthy attitude, and to me, watching Dr Phil and looking at the way his eyes, posture, and language change as you're talking, it's obvious that in those brief few minutes he was reconsidering his life. Yeah, he sort of gets on the whole jobs-and-family thing at one point, but he doesn't really press the matter, and it's almost like he's detached himself, like he's running through the script as quickly and kindly as possible, before the shadow of his own existential horror catches up to him.

And it's not like Phil was just having an off day, either, because right after that he hops on the cute furry girl and it's straight back to, durr durr, young lady, look at your poor mother (clap clap clap), you're gonna be living in a van down by the river. (clap clap clap)

Anyway, just my thoughts. You probably have a better insight into the whole thing, seeing as you were there and barking with him off-camera, but from where I was sitting you carried the day marvelously.

infinite zest - 2015-02-11

Yeah it was awesome. Unfortunately the old link is down, would love to watch it again if anyone saved it. I think I mentioned it before but I was on a date with someone from Pittsburgh and knowing nothing about Pittsburgh (except for a pretty kickass pinball scene) I mentioned you, and she totally knows about Boomer! I'm pretty good at singling out the fake CL ads from the real ones; when I lost my job a few years ago I was about to do anything, and most ads were for webcam modeling and the ones that said they weren't would totally get you a job if you paid 0 or so for a headshot.. fuck that shit. But eventually I found work on Portlandia so if you watch that show (I don't) you can see me from time to time. In a past life I was living in the midwest with nothing to do but watch Dr Phil, Maury, Jerry etc. because I'd walk my ex to the bus stop every morning to go to work but I had nothing else to do for another 5 hours before I had to go to work and it was snowy as hell. I'd text her who the father was/wasn't every time they had a paternity test, and we came up with our own stories. Now that a lot of that became true, it'd be fun to see what Dr Phil would think of us.

I KNOW I didn't mention this, but I used to have an obsession with sewer covers when I was a kid. I'd never collect them but if there was an open one, down I'd go if nobody was looking. But I was also obsessed with not only finding a "first street," but a "zero street" was well.

EvilHomer - 2015-02-11

Maybe you were a Ninja Turtle, IZ? Being a Ninja Turtle might get you on the show.

I found out a friend of mine knows Boomer, too. Well, knows *of* Boomer, I should say. I was showing him one of the paintings I did, and he was like, oh yeah! I saw that guy on... something. Don't remember what he saw Boomer on, probably not Dr Phil. But he was suitably impressed by Boomer's dogginess!

infinite zest - 2015-02-11

I could've been, but really I never liked Ninja Turtles all that much. I grew up in the peak of their popularity and never knew of the "darker" comics until much later. Also I didn't have a spirit turtle. If they're Jungian archetypes or something, I guess I was a Raphael, like a lot of kids probably were, but didn't even know he was the antisocial one from the TV show, just from the movie I'd see years later: he was just Michelangelo palette swap to me.

cognitivedissonance - 2015-02-11

I'm pretty certain 99% of your stories are bullshit, IZ, but I would not live in a world where I didn't believe them.

Boomer The Dog - 2015-02-13

Well I still have my old Squeaky that my friend Ric got me in 2003, so squeakies can last.. :)

I've thought of Phil as the the old line father type of person, he's somewhat like my dad, with the 'simple ideals of hard work that made this country great', like my dad would always say, 'you have to start from the bottom', 'offer great service and you'll be rewarded for it'.

On top of that he adds entertainment in dramatic guests to keep people watching. I've heard Dr. Laura's radio show but haven't seen her TV show. I wasn't all that familiar with Dr. Phil either, but I had fun being on.

Like I barked, it was a great feeling to be in Here's Boomer's studio complex. I was in a private dressing room with my name outside the door, and net access and I could write to a friend and let him know that I was at the studio as planned.

Phil didn't stop by to meet before we went on the air, I was hoping that he would come by, and asked someone about it, and they said that he was preparing for the show himself.

That's the whole thing, since I barked my story so much with the producers before the show, he should have studied me for his audience, they had enough materials for it to get a good grasp on what I'm about I'd think. Even after all of the interviews, I still don't know if they understood the level I'm at with being a Dog. The only time I had off air with Phil was a paw shake after the piece.

Friends seemed to like it that I went on Dr. Phil, but several agreed that Ellen would have been a better fit for understanding since she takes a more compassionate route with guests.

I found another copy of the Dr. Phil Animal Obsessed video, youtube.com/watch?v=1k8wMS7uNa8 there are a few of them, it looks like I'll have to update my own page too.

I'll have to see what the others are doing, I never did find the lady with the bunnies' presence on line, but the Furry has a Youtube channel with her friends, and is on Fur Affinity.

I thought I remembered who the wolf was, but the bunny owner's name escaped me, so after I got back and the show aired, I looked both of them up to see how their friends were treating them. The wolfie was pretty quiet about it, but then she lives out there so I thought she was probably more exposed to TV and filming than a little Pyrenean Shepherd from Pennsylvania, so I was more excited!


Boomer The Dog - 2015-02-13

Cool, Infinite, I didn't know that the pinball scene was a thing here, but arcades do have classic ball, I just wouldn't know how to compare it to other areas.

If you come in to see her, look up Games N'at on the Southside. It's a big old place with a couple of floors in an industrial area. It's been 4-5 years since I've been there, but I played Addams Family there, and they have a dark room with original Ms. Pac-Man and other games like Astrosmash.

Cool that she knew about Boom, that's why I have to carry business cards.. :) Being here, with Anthrocon and being a Furry, I think it created a synergy, with just enough recognition of Furries locally for the media to bite on when I went to court, as to why I was trying to change my name.

We also had another Dog guy in the mid-1990s, Corny Bone who some people remember around here from walking around in his Dog costume. That was before the Furry scene really started to grow. Other than Corny and Bob Dog from Mr. Rogers, I don't know other media Dogs from Pittsburgh.

It's good that you got to know how those shows work. I hadn't watched Dr. Phil, not because I don't like him, but I like to go into media situations blind, without being able to read too much into them, and just do my thing. If I don't know their technique and they can throw me off, that's when the best stuff happens, just like in the surprised Dog videos, or the kitten wearing a tiny hat getting mom mad!

As for the manhole covers, I saw someone's picture collection of different ones, that's how they collected sewer covers, they took photos. I have been down a couple of sewers, just the ones with the large iron grates hinged at the top, and steps on the inside of the concrete shaft all the way down. I wouldn't have minded meeting a talking rat down one of those.. :)

The thing I liked were street lights, luminaires on the poles. We used to have old filament bulb ones with open wires going to them, ancient like being in a rural area. I have a couple of pictures of them that I took, just the light on its pole, and they're cool, since now all of the lights here are sodium pink-orange ones with bad color rendition. Soon they'll probably be LED powered.

As for Zero Street, you can kind of get close in Louisville KY, they have an 'Exit O' off of the freeway there.


Binro the Heretic - 2015-02-10

The grim silence is deafening.

That guy - 2015-02-10


fluffy - 2015-02-10

These are fantastic. And a testament to really good sound design.

takewithfood - 2015-02-10

A huge improvement.

Rodents of Unusual Size - 2015-02-10

It's the only thing that could make this show good on any level.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2015-02-10

Ok dunno what Dr phil is. I clicked on this in the hopper under the weird muzzy impression that it said "Dr Katz with no dialogue" which just sounded far out!!!

Binro the Heretic - 2015-02-11

Dr. Phil is Steve Wilkos for people who think they're too classy to watch Steve Wilkos.

EvilHomer - 2015-02-11

Who's Steve Wilkos?

gravelstudios - 2015-02-11

Dr. Phil is the closest people who believe in angels will ever get to psychology.

Binro the Heretic - 2015-02-11

He's that bald dude who screams at his guests and throws their chairs so they can't sit in them.

Bort - 2015-02-10


Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2015-02-10

This is wonderful.

Boomer The Dog - 2015-02-10

That was better than I thought, it was like, okay, who is going to start the dialog? The audience is quiet the whole time, that was just right. If I did the bit, I'd probably try the clapping at the end starting hard, to abruptly break the silence.


chumbucket - 2015-02-11

This show must be fun to direct:
"Camera 2 for dad reaction!"
"Camera 3 for Phil reaction!"
"Camera 2 for general audience reaction!"
"Roll graphics!"

Bus_Aint_Comin - 2015-02-14

i'm not sure i like these new episodes of tim & eric.

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