TOBY RADLOFF: A REAL AMERICAN NERD

How was MTV?
It was a pleasant and interesting experience. In 1987, after Harvey Pekar appeared on the David Letterman show for the first time, an MTV camera crew came to the VA Hospital file room to do a segment on Harvey. Harvey introduced the camera crew to me, and as a result of the “Revenge Of The Nerds” American Splendor comic book story, I made a few appearances on MTV, first using a New York crew who came to Cleveland, then with appearances taped by Wayne Harold and his former business partner Mark Bosko. Wayne and Mark filmed about 8 or 9 other MTV segments, then they went on to film “Killer Nerd” and “Bride of Killer Nerd”. The MTV segments aired from the summer of 1987 to the spring of 1989, and covered everything from White Castle hamburgers “Say no to drugs-say yes to White Castle”, to drive in theaters, to Halloween, to spring break, among other things. I last appeared on MTV in the summer of 1991, when “Killer Nerd” was released at a party at the former Peabody’s Down Under nightclub in the Cleveland Flats…a party complete with limousines and beautiful girls. I still am glad that I appeared on MTV as a result of my being “The Genuine Nerd”.

Sleep with any VJ’s?
No.

Has your position in the public eye tempted you to get fit and be all that you can be?
I have always tried to take care of myself…I don’t smoke, drink, or use illegal drugs…my only vice is overeating. I have been on a diet roller coaster all of my adult life…I lose weight, only to gain it back again. My goal is to lose weight, and try to keep it off. I’m trying to cut back on the high calorie food (fried foods, burgers, snacks, candy, etc.), while trying to eat healthier fare. I still want to try to lose about 30-40 pounds by summer…and keep it off. I know, it’s difficult. I want to look good for my public…and losing weight is what I seriously need to do. How to approach it is a different story. Still, I have no gray hair and few wrinkles, and I’m 45. I look like I could pass for someone in my 30s.

Are you satisfied with doing comedy or would you like to take on something more serious?
If I were offered anything, I would take a serious look at it. I am a very open minded person, and I want to be free to do anything that looks interesting as a story. Still, the VA is my day job, and I have no intention of leaving there unless I can make it full time as an actor. My intention is to retire a government employee, and act part time for extra money.

How did you come to work with “Killer Nerd” and Townies director Wayne Alan Harold? Any future projects?
I first met Wayne (and his former cohort Mark) at the Superman Convention in Cleveland in 1988. MTV was looking for someone local to produce my MTV News segments, and Wayne and Mark went on to do several of them, later moving on to the “Killer Nerd” movies. I am working on “Aberration Boulevard” for Wayne now (I play a carnival freak in the film), and he has other projects, including “Son Of Killer Nerd” planned. And possibly American Splendor may lead to other Hollywood-caliber movie work for me.

What does Toby Radloff do to relax?
I take long drives, watch movies, read, and surf the Internet.

Last question-Do you enjoy going to the zoo to watch the chimps play with themselves?
I admit, I haven’t been to the zoo in years, but I have always been captivated by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s “Monkey Island”…watching the monkeys at play.

To find out what else Toby is up to, visit him at his website.




Posted on February 18, 2003 in Interviews by
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