It’s almost a given that you will inevitably say something that sounds like one (or both) of your parents.
Dr. Rick is here to help.
He’s the world-renowned “parenta-life coach” with the mustache and sweater-vest, starring in those clever progressive insurance commercials that impart tough-love wisdom to his clients, who want to imitate their mother and father. can’t stop themselves from doing so – whether it’s clapping at the end of a movie (“Anyone who made the movie is here”), telling anyone who’ll hear about their morning (“You woke up early – someone don’t care”), restraining themselves from commenting on someone’s blue hair (“We all see it. We all see it.”) or fixing their placement of pillows on the couch (“If you have one to sit on nowhere, you have too much”).
“I call it a kind of generational triple-dip,” said Bill Glass, 51, the affable Chicago-area native who has worked with Dr. Played the role of Rick. “These kids are looking at their parents and thinking, ‘Oh boy,’ and a parent looking at their parents and going ‘Oh boy.
“There are some people you see or hear who say, ‘You’re kidding’ but there’s no malice here,” he said. “It’s something we’re all going to do — and whether you want to admit it or not, everyone’s going to pick up a phrase or habit from their parents, whether they like it or not.”
There’s even a book, “Dr. Rick Will See You Now: A Guide to Un-Being Your Parents,” with glass (as the good doctor) on its cover.
Glass has been acting in commercials for over 25 years and has a background in improvisation (Chicago’s Second City and the ImprovOlympic troupe), as do the actors who appear alongside her in progressive venues. “I’ve done a few other things, but none got a great response, so it’s neat and a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s fun and challenging to make people laugh in a 30-second window.”
The ensemble is directed by Martin Granger and is based in LA, where they shoot commercials on location (including a movie theater in Simi Valley and a residential home in Pasadena).
“Two 30-second commercials would be two 12-to-14-hour days,” Glass said. “Writers come in with a lot of vignettes and they want a lot of options, so we end up shooting the setup and moving, shooting the setup and moving… Way funnier but it’s a long workday. As much as it’s fun, we’re working – don’t make fun of yourself.”
The cast of Dr. Rick’s clients since the launch of the campaign has remained almost the same, with some new faces appearing from time to time.
“Advertising Agency Writers” [Arnold Worldwide] And the director is really great,” he said. “They hire a lot of improvisational actors; I wish you could see the entire cast here as it is a great comedy ensemble and the success of the campaign is because of all the actors who bring it to life.”
Glass said the actors improvise slightly, and Granger is allowed some free rein when shooting commercials. “We’ll cover the script, but Martin … hired all these guys with improv backgrounds, they let us play a little bit … we mix in a little improv and then they edit it and what’s on TV Let’s see him spit.
“I feel [the ads] Comedy’s appetizers are like trays — and right now we have shrimp wrapped in bacon.”
Glass has mixed her professional work with acting in films and TV shows, including a small role as a lawyer on “Rutherford Falls” (the season 2 premieres June 16 on Peacock that stars Ed Helms and Janna Schmeeding). with). “The [‘Rutherford Falls’] Casting director Allison Jones, enjoys [Progressive] campaign so he called me in,” he said. “It’s a great pleasure for me to have a small part in the show.”
The fame that comes with acting in a successful advertising campaign has its limits, especially for job actors including Glass.
“I’m a Lunch Pail actor, and with a good bit of work to do in between the grind… hopefully I keep this gig for a while and maybe I’ll be the ‘overnight success’ of 30,” he said. Told. a laugh. “I’ve come to a point in my career where it’s going to happen and it’s going to happen” [the ads] Show me I can do comedy when the camera is pointing at me. Hopefully, other sitcom casting directors will say, ‘Hey, this guy’s so cool, we can use this for something.’
“It’s just part of the journey.”