GEICO’s mandolin playerWednesday, December 19th, 2012
Who’s the guy playing mandolin in those GEICO insurance commercials? The mystery is solved!
The guy on camera holding the mandolin is Alex Harvey, a musician and an actor from NY. He was (or is?) part of a group named REO Chuckwagon.
Here’s the original casting call from O’Connor Casting Company in Chicago:
LOOKING FOR FUN, FOLKSY MUSICIANS!
O’Connor Casting Company is searching for fun, musically inclined individuals for a national commercial campaign for GEICO!
Are you a folksy musician with a modern quirk? Do you know how to keep an audience entertained in the Buck Owens and Roy Clark pickin’ and grinnin’ tradition of “Hee-Haw”? We’re looking for duo acts, or solo musicians who play well with others, for an opportunity to add fun and laughter to a national commercial campaign! If you are already part of a strummin’ musical duo or musically inclined comedy duo, we’d love to see you two together!
Ron & Jimmy Male, 30-45 years old. These guys are a folksy, likeable duo with a real charm about them. Looking for guy(s) who have a witty chemistry between them or can make it work in a fun paring that feels natural, fun and spontaneous. Completely devoid of cynicism, these guys are contemporary rather than country, but still have a very FOLKSY way about them. They need to play an instrument, like the banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle or any other folk instrument.