Steven Toast, an eccentric middle aged actor with a chequered past, spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on itSteven Toast, an eccentric middle aged actor with a chequered past, spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on itSteven Toast, an eccentric middle aged actor with a chequered past, spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it
But here is why I really was caught: My mother (rest in peace, mum) was an actress, and so I got some insight as a boy growing up, from six to fourteen approximately, into the local actor's "family".
So, many characters, behaviors, and events in this show are not uncommon for me. I recognize all this vanity, envy, life-long hate, sexual promiscuity, hubris, fear.....whatever you want, that makes an actor's or actress's life special and interesting, but also stressful because of the exaltation of most aspects of the normal life - even poverty or the struggle for income. For example, the life of an actor is torn apart from the beginning between the need to become famous and the need to have privacy...sailing these waters is always a difficult thing, because if you get much of one, you loose the other.
I remember me constantly being astonished about those strange people I met then, and I think that was the reason why I took another path - those people can also be very strenuous.
Toast let us have a view at the struggles of an actor who has his little moments of fame, but never gets really successful. He fails at most things in his life, but nevertheless survives ridiculously proud.
And believe me, although I grew up with Austrian actors, where everything is much smaller, it's the same here and there, and as strange that may sound, Toast is not far from reality as it is to be lived as a member of the biz.
If you don't have a background like me, you can of course enjoy this little show, which constantly (and successfully) tries to surprise you, mostly with black humor, or disarming humor, always well-meant, never (or rarely, to be precise) disgusting.
It's a little gem, and the only thing I have to criticize is, that it's only six episodes a season.
- Aug 26, 2016