Lights. Camera. Action. The Car-Free Diet Show is born!

January 18, 2012

Director Chris Keener quiets the set.

Sound rolling.

Camera rolling.

And without looking up from the camera-

“Whenever you’re ready.”

And that’s how it began- my first step towards fame.

Of course, everyone’s definition of fame may be slightly different, but let’s be honest, we can play the semantics game all day.

My definition of fame is being the host of a show. It’s incredible. My name, being tossed around in the same light as all of the great hosts- Carson, Letterman, O’Brian, Leno.

“And wait, who’s this late comer? I thought everyone had showed up to the party” you might say.

But then the person next to you, who is clearly much more into what’s trending right now, would turn and condescendingly answer, “Nope. That’s Smith. The party actually just started.”

Cue red carpet, champagne (the expensive kind), and fireworks. Boom. Boom. Boom. It’s like Mardi Gras and the 4th of July, celebrating my arrival. And then, as the smoke begins to clear, a name, in huge golden lights, slowly emerges through the veil. Car-Free Matt.

And that’s exactly how I remember it all going. Pretty much.

Regardless of whether or not I’m actually super famous now (I am) the show has been a great adventure from beginning to end.

I was approached many moons ago about a possible Car-Free Diet Show. The details hadn’t all been worked out yet, but the gist of it was that we’d be doing a sketch comedy show based on the Car-Free Diet. I recall being very busy at the time, working on a rough outline of how I could become super famous, and suddenly all the chips fell into place.

But you’d be surprised how hard it is to create a show. Well maybe you wouldn’t be, but I was.

Content was difficult from the start. It took weeks of creative sessions involving Arlington County, its partners, myself, and the whole Car-Free gang before we finally had rough scripts pieced together. There were conference calls. There were meetings. There were vetoes and re-dos. There was stress.

But in the end, we’d created enough scripts to shoot six episodes of the Car-Free Diet Show. Not so funny that you’ll laugh to death because that’s dangerous, but funny enough that you should be careful drinking too much water right before watching. Unless you have an extra set of pants near by. Even then, it’s not the best idea, but let’s say you just ran a full marathon and now you’re super parched and all you want to do is drink tons of water and watch the show. That’s cool. I’m just saying you do so at your own risk.

Once we had scripts approved, we still had nothing but obstacles in front us.

Casting

Crew

Scheduling

Location

Shooting

Editing

In the biz, we lump most of these issues into one of three categories:

1. Pre-Production

2. Production

3. Post-Production

I’m just knowledge dropping on you. It’s not necessary that you know that. But when you’re super fab in the biz, like me, it’s just stuff you absorb.

I don’t want to bore you with ALL of the details about how we put it all together. Suffice it to say, a lot of people, put a lot of effort into making the Car-Free Diet Show a reality. But like I mentioned in the beginning, eventually, we got to this place:

Director Chris Keener quiets the set.

Sound rolling.

Camera rolling.

And without looking up from the camera-

“Whenever you’re ready.”

I think for all of us, the expression “ready as I’ll ever be” was appropriate. We were embarking on new territory. Part comedy. Part PSA. Part-y.

I won’t spoil all of the great skits we have in store for you. But get ready. We have five more episodes coming your way. Episode one was a success. It already has over 1,000 views on YouTube. That’s 1,000 times more than 1 view. And when you look at it that way, those numbers are pretty significant. I might be crazy, but my estimates put the population of Arlington at 2,000 which means we were able to capture the attention of HALF of the population here. I’m not fantastic at crunching numbers though so don’t quote me on all of that. I’m a celebrity, not a mathematician.

One thing I am sure of: The Car-Free Diet Show is the next big thing for sketch comedy shows under six minutes, based in Arlington, and focusing on going Car Free. You might even say we’re number one.

If you haven’t already, peep the first Episode here!

And make sure to stay tuned for all of the upcoming episodes of the Car-Free Diet Show, as well as blog posts from me, your favorite host ever EVER, Car-Free Matt!

Matt Smith is the Season 2 winner of the Car-Free Diet Skeptics. He went 30 days without driving a car and now he isn't skeptical anymore.


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