Be­hind the scenes on this is­sue’s cover shoot

ZOOMER Magazine - - FROM THE EDITOR - —Der­ick Chetty

The crew on most photo shoots in­volv­ing a ma­jor celebrity are usu­ally pre­pared for a Wait­ing-for-Godot— type sce­nario. The celeb might be late ar­riv­ing on set. Or on rare in­stances they might not show up at all. It’s not a mat­ter of rude­ness — when­ever they are do­ing pro­mos, they are fol­low­ing a packed sched­ule. And one de­lay dur­ing their day can cause a chain re­ac­tion to shat­ter care­fully plot­ted ap­point­ments made weeks in ad­vance.

So we were com­pletely caught off guard when Howie Man­del an­nounced via his man­age­ment team that he would be al­most two hours early for our cover photo shoot. Our pho­tog­ra­pher Chris Chap­man was still set­ting up a make-shift photo stu­dio back­stage at Montreal’s Place des Arts, home to the Just for Laughs com­edy fes­ti­val. So it was with some mor­ti­fi­ca­tion I had to find a po­lite way of say­ing, “Can he come later?”

Luck­ily for us, the star was jug­gling more than a few things that day in an­other part of the theatre host­ing The Howie Man­del AllStar Com­edy Gala — part of the Just for Laughs fes­ti­val. There were still re­hearsals to be com­pleted and sound checks to be done.

When he did fi­nally bounce in for the 30-minute shoot, it was star­tling how boy­ish he looked at 62 years old. Al­ready dressed in his out- fit to host the gala – which was only an hour or so away from start time – he was brim­ming with en­ergy in his black skinny jeans, white sneak­ers and fit­ted blazer.

The shoot went by in whiz. He was in full co­me­dian mode, man­ag­ing to keep the crew laugh­ing de­spite the fran­tic pace of try­ing to cap­ture sev­eral shots in­volv­ing dif­fer­ent back­drops and a few baseball caps with telling state­ments. And not “What? What? …”

See the re­sults in “Funny Man,” pg. 42.

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