LONDON Nov 2 (Reuters Life) - People keen to capture their
inner artist, tone their bodies or learn to cook but who are a
bit short on time can now do it all -- at the same time.
In a weekly show made for local cable television in the Los
Angeles area, a man in a suit shows how to paint, exercise,
cook and answer the phone, all at the same time.
Perhaps not surprisingly he doesn't do any of these things
very well, but he does do them at the same time.
John Kilduff's parody of TV's multi-makeover mania
(www.letspainttv.com) is attracting a bemused cult
following, thanks to video upload site YouTube.
"I don't know if it's the messy suit, the short breath, the
cheesy visual effects, the rude callers, the creative energy,
or all of it combined but this may very well be the funniest
cable TV show ever," writes blogger Steve Hardy here.
Titles include "Let's paint, exercise and blend drinks,"
"Let's paint, exercise and eat pie" and "Let's paint, exercise
and cook pancakes."
"I know this world's tough, it's hard to be inspired to do
anything and get off your butt, but if we can just wring, wring
(the creative juices) out of you," says Kilduff, warming up on
the treadmill as he embarks on a study of a chocolate meringue
He plans to eat it as he paints it, and offers viewers
regular updates on the speed of his treadmill.
Kilduff, who at 41 is studying for a fine art degree, has
experience as a TV shopping channel host, and has been
performing in local cable TV programs - mainly skits -- for
about 10 years. He injects mounting urgency into the painting
"Come on baby!" "You're a real work of art!" "We're trying
to get you excited about doing something creative with your
life!" he cries as he sweats, puffs, soaks his canvas, spills
food, and fields occasional abusive phone calls from viewers.
"All the shows I've ever seen about how to paint tend to be
boring and dry," he told Reuters by telephone. "I guess I am
mocking ... all these home- and self-improvement shows. I
thought: "Why not try to do it all at once?"'
Kilduff acknowledges that the quality of work he produces
on the treadmill is variable.
"The art gets a little messier. It takes a special person
to really appreciate it," he said, adding that his current art
teachers alternately advise him to give up on the painting, or
give up on the show.
"I've been able to make a living out of painting for the
past 20 years," he said. Who buys his work? "People who can
afford it. Lately the paintings have been selling in the
But so far, no viewer has phoned in to say they are
imitating him at home.