Going Deep with David Rees

So for those of you who are not familiar, David Rees is a fine fellow who used to draw (?) the clip-arty “Get your War On” cartoon, and who then moved on to a business (?) based on his fine book How to Sharpen Pencils. You can totally send him some pencils (#2 only) and he will sharpen them for you, for a fee, and return them along with the shavings.

It is simultaneously DEADLY SERIOUS and VERY SILLY, which to me is among the winningest of combinations.

Anyway, last year he launched “Going Deep with David Rees” on the Nat Geo channel (here is a sort of representative clip  from season 1).

Sadly the dummos at Nat Geo did not renew the program, so it has migrated over to the Esquire channel, and has its season premiere on November 11. Here is the new trailer.

Mr. Rees is doing an “analog” promo tour for this thing,  driving across the country in a van with a bunch of flyers, having meetups to post them around various cities, and doing somewhat awkward segments with super happy morning TV hosts.

So the thing about these flyers, which you can find here,  is that they have a phone number on them.  I know it says “call David on his phone), but I was certain that I’d get a recording.  Incorrect! I called the number, and to my amazement, David answered!

It was fantastic! I expressed my surprise, and he happened to have a free moment, so I told him how great I thought the show was, and when he asked where I was calling from, he told me “Oh, my brother just moved there [to my suburb] and he was sad that we couldn’t make it to Chicago on the tour”.

So my new task, assigned by David Rees, is to put up a bunch of flyers around town so his brother thinks that they DID come to town without telling him.  I tried to find out the brother’s favorite coffee shop, for premium gaslighting potential, but David didn’t know.

So anyway, watch this show, if you like that sort of thing. I know I will.

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7 Responses to Going Deep with David Rees

  1. Lizzie says:

    OK. So now I have a crush on this guy.

  2. mordonez says:

    It’s just this wonderful deadpan humor and real amazement when he learns something, which is often.

    Also, you may want to check out his Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin remixes?

    • FRQ says:

      As I was going through these, I was surprised by how many T-Swift songs I am familiar with, despite not following her career.

  3. Sota says:

    I want a follow up on this showing where you posted them…and Im hoping maybe there will be an update from the brother! Love that the real phone number was on there. Awesome!

    • mordonez says:

      Will do! I found the brother’s name, but not what part of town he lives in, so my efforts will have to involve some luck. I’ll have to just go hog wild (note, will not go hog wild–will put up a few, though). David is in Indianapolis today, so I’m shooting for tomorrow or Friday.

  4. summerestherson says:

    I LOVE HIS SHOW AND HIM!!! And it’s so totally like him to put his real phone number on that flyer. Hilarious.

  5. Casey says:

    I loved “Get Your War On”! I didn’t know he was the artisanal pencil-sharpening guy, though. He was on an episode of “Mystery Show,” I think. This looks really great. I will definitely be watching this when it makes it to Netflix/what have you!

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