50 to death

Sitting Down With The Creator Of “50 To Death”

You might have missed it, but recently, Nerdopotamus shared a new show called “50 To Death.” It tells the story of three boomers living in New York City. I met with the creator to discuss the series during a cup of coffee at Starbucks. His name is Norm Golden.

NOTE: For those who may be unaware, “boomer” is short for “baby boomer,” which is defined as “a person born in the years following World War II, when there was a temporary marked increase in the birth rate.”

Norm spent several years as a teacher, while gaining plenty of theater experience. Late in his life, after retirement, he decided to pursue acting full time. He had somewhat of a normal go of it, until booking a role in a widely circulated Citi Card commercial, shot in Norway over ten days. It was about a father and son researching what they believed to be their Norwegian family history, only to discover they’re actually Swedish.

Things really opened up after that.

However, Norm found himself typecast as an “elderly” actor, putting him up against men his father’s age. For reference, Norm pursued acting full time in his early sixties, which meant his competition was in their eighties or nineties. This is where the idea for “50 To Death” was born.

It is how it sounds. He was going for roles for those in the age range of…well…“50 To Death.” From there, Norm took the idea to his girlfriend Joan Barber and friend Jon Freda, who both co-star in the series. They began to chop it up a bit, deciding that their show would be done much in the same vein as “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” putting a very heavy emphasis on improvisation.

The end result is what you see posted in our ORIGINALS section: Norm, Jon, and Joan getting by, encountering awkward situations, unfortunate film making experiences, old rock stars, and more!

You can find links to each episode posted directly below. Check them out and leave your thoughts in the comment section. We want to hear from you!

CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE ONE

CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE TWO

CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE THREE

CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE FOUR

CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE FIVE