ComedyCoup is a fan-driven comedy incubator and competition.For the past month, comedy creators from across Canada have posted thousands of videos, images and artwork on the ComedyCoup website, and asked fans to vote. The winner receives $500,000 in production financing to create a half-hour prime time special.
Pressburger is the star and creative director of Nuts and Bolts, which he wrote with partner Shana Sandler and producer Josh Tizel. The comedy is shot entirely in Wiener’s Home Hardware at 423 Bloor Street West in the West Annex, where Pressbuger has worked for over a decade. The synopsis:
“Hotshot advertising executive Howard just wanted what everyone else did: fame, wealth, and power. But when he loses his job, his wife, his money and his house, he ends up back in his hometown. Determined to put the nuts and bolts of his life back together, Howard takes a job at the local mom and pop hardware store, where he discovers that the true essence of humanity just might be found near the toilet plungers. Based on true stories and anecdotes culled from Howard’s (yes, he’s a real guy!) years of working at a real life hardware store, Nuts and Bolts proves that mundane things are more important than you ever imagined and purpose can sometimes be found in little paper bags.”
You know Howard Pressburger. He’s the warm, very funny, very knowledgeable guy at Wieners Hardware who knows the store backwards and inside out. Some may not know that Pressburger is also an actor with a number of professional credits to his name including a role in Ken Finkelman’s locally shot Good Dog. If you’re like me and have been a fan of Pressberger’s blog omfghardware, you’ll love the sensibility of Nuts and Bolts: warm and wry meditations on human nature as seen through the lens of a hardware store.