Tag Archives: Gemini Award

Benjamin Arthur – Less Than Kind

5 Apr

If you haven’t seen HBO Canada’s hit show Less Than Kind you’re seriously missing out. The comedic genius of Mark McKinney ( Of Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Live fame) paired with the creative mind of the late Maury Chaykin created a hit series that has won some serious critical acclaim.

We at This Needs to Stop had the chance to sit down with Gemini Award winner Benjamin Arthur who plays Josh Blecher in Less Than Kind. Less Than Kind is a sitcom following the Blechers, a quirky jewish family running a driving school in Winnipeg. Ben plays Josh Blecher – a wannabe actor returning to Winnipeg after a failed attempt at an acting career in Toronto.

Check out our interview with Ben that covers everything from the stars whose height will shock you, the worst advice he’s ever been given, and his encounter with his elementary school janitor that shaped his future.

A huge thanks to Benjamin for taking the time to chat with us!!

*Disclaimer: To capture the interview via Skype we had to use a trial screen recording program. We will look to increasing video quality in the future.

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The Bees Knees: Jared Keeso on Hellcats

15 Feb

Since High School Musical has left our lives, the Tis has been able to fill the void left in our hearts by starring in the CW’s smash hit Hellcats.

Hellcats chronicles the journey of cheerleaders from all walks of life as they make their way through College in the deep south.

In this weeks episode our talented friend Jared Keeso plays firefighter Luke, who catches the eye of a cheerleader named Alice… could this be a long-term romance? Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Jared Keeso as "Luke" in the CW's Hellcats. Click the image to check out the preview for this weeks show.

You can catch this weeks episode of Hellcats on your local TV station on Tuesday February 15th, or on MuchMusic on Friday February 18th!

So once again Jared Keeso, your friends at This Needs to Stop! think you’re the Bees Knees!

The Bees Knees: Jared Keeso – Live from LA

23 Jan

Jared Keeso was put on the map last year when he played Canadian legend Don Cherry in the CBC biopic Keep Your Head Up Kid, The Don Cherry Story. His remarkable performance won him a 2010 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini- Series.

As many Canadian actors do this time of year, Jared headed South to Hollywood to audition for pilot season. We figured this was the perfect opportunity to get a first hand look at what makes LA The Bees Knees.

MUSIC VENUES: Legendary spots like the Troubadour, Viper Room (previously owned by Johnny Depp and also where River Phoenix OD’d on Heroin), The Hollywood Bowl, and The Smell (seedy new venue I checked out last night in downtown LA that new bands like No Age, Abe Vigoda and Physical Forms have put on the map.)

PIT BULLS: I am a massive fan of this breed and have seen some of the most handsome/gorgeous pups hanging out of car windows or being walked down the street. LA folk love their bully breeds.

CAR WASHES: Nothing makes you desire a clean car like a warm, sunny day which we don’t see an overwhelming amount of in Canada. It’s warm and sunny almost every day here and the ratio of car washes to people is seemingly 1:10.

FASHION/STYLE: I understand that LA is somewhat of a hub for fashion and style. There is certainly no shortage of interesting looking people walking around. There is an extremely diverse population and a scene for whatever you’re into. I can’t decide whether I’m a better fit for Teen Vogue or People’s Rev..