The New York-based network held casting calls for the show in Griffin, among other cities, on Feb. 24.
Among the candidates auditioning that day was Ken Bell, 41, director of facilities and Young at Heart at the Griffin First United Methodist Church (FUMC). Bell has always wanted to be a stand-up comedian, and he must have left an impression with network producers, as CMT is returning to Griffin today to film Bell and his environment all day long.
“This will be used for the backdrop of the show,” said Bell, adding that producers will later look at his footage and that of other candidates and decide who will make it on the show. If chosen, he would be paired with a professional comedian to train him for six to eight weeks, possibly leading to his own show.
The filming crew will arrive today at FUMC at 9 a.m. and shoot Bell as he and his co-workers are setting up for a Young at Heart meeting. The actual meeting will be filmed as well as a number of interviews, both at church and at his residence. The day will conclude with recording Bell’s daughter Olivia-Grace at soccer practice and his son Brenson at baseball practice.
“The hardest part of the whole thing is getting the house ready,” he said, adding that his wife Sandy is making sure things will look flawless when the cameras arrive.
Asked if he is at all nervous about being filmed by a national cable network, Bell said no.
“I don’t get nervous, because it’s me. I’m just going to be who I am. If they like me, they do. If they don’t, they don’t,” he said.
Bell, whose favorite comedian is the late George Carlin, has performed locally a number of times, creating laughs through stories to which his audience can relate rather than firing one joke after another.
Bell is looking forward to the upcoming opportunity, as his dream of doing stand-up comedy on a larger scale was put on hold by his wife and five children — who can’t wait for the filming crew to arrive.
“They are excited about being on TV,” said Bell.
For more information about the show, which is tailored after MTV’s “MADE” except for appealing more to adults than to teens, visit www.cmt.com.