If Eric Schweig wanted to break the angelic mould of Uncas (The Last of the Mohicans) once and for all, he could not do better than play in Arbor Live wacky skits, from 2009 to 2013.
Rock guitarist Stevie Salas hosts ARBOR LIVE, a high energy and fast paced music variety TV show featuring emerging Aboriginal artists alongside today’s global super stars. Join Stevie, comedic director “Steelbird” and his “assistant” real life movie star Eric Schweig as they present these incredible live performances, in-depth artist interviews and hilarious comedic back stage antics with featured artists.
Stevie, along with longtime friend and acclaimed actor Eric Schweig, escorts audiences on an ‘all access’ excellent adventure onstage, offstage, backstage, and everywhere in between. “We wanted to make a comedy scripted reality show done in the style of The Larry Sanders Show or The Office,” explains series’ Producer Brandon Friesen of Arbor Records. Rather than make a standard music variety show, the goal was to make the camera part of the action and give viewers an intimate glimpse of the live music lifestyle.
With Brandon being a longtime fan of actor Eric Schweig, and Stevie his longtime friend, Eric was an obvious choice for co-host. Regardless of the fact that Eric, known for darkly dramatic roles in movies and on television, had never done comedy. When the producers asked him to do the series, Eric responded with “I don’t know how to do comedy.” And that was the perfect answer for Brandon: “We didn’t want someone who did comedy, actually. We wanted Eric. He always plays a scary bad guy, and he’s so intense and dark, so we thought that would translate really well into what we were doing. And it did. He comes across funny without even trying to be. He’s brilliant!” Nation Talk
Even if the sense of humour of Arbor Live is strongly impregnated with testosterone, Eric Schweig is really funny, and he seems to take real pleasure in playing comedy. Without fear of ridicule or self-mockery, he appears in Seasons 1 and 2:
-Dressed up as a giant yellow chick
– Dressed up as a gorilla
– Dressed up as a sexy blonde (Erica!)
– Dressed up as a Santa’s elf with green tights
-Dancing with fluorescent yellow tights
-Nude in a tub full of ice
-With marshmallow all over his face during a romantic interlude
-On all fours while being whipped by sadomasochists
-Dancing in blue panties and leather jacket
– His buttocks being bitten by singer Bekki Friesen (Domenica)
Uncas takes on the chin here, poor guy, but Eric Schweig shows that he is not afraid of testing the limits of his natural talent, playing both in serious drama movies and in crazy comedy shows.
Arbor Live tendency to fall into scatology and sexual ambiguity is not your kind of humour? Well, there is good music during the show, with wonderful guests such as George Leach, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Staind, You Say Party, Lucie Idlout, Raven Kanatakta, Adaline, Black Label Society, Derek Miller, Florent Volant and Leela Gilday, to name a few.
Season 3 of Arbor Live still has Salas, his “assistant” real life movie star, Eric Schweig, and new cast member and also real life movie star, Adam Beach, as three native guys who run a music variety TV show, but have absolutely… no idea what they are doing.