Before he was creating popular TV series like The O.C. and Gossip Girl, Josh Schwartz used to perform stand-up comedy as a student at USC. You know him as the force behind Star Trek, Alias, and Lost, but J.J. Abrams also composes music. Jenny Lewis had her artistic debut in a Jell-O commercial, and Beck works on collages and drawings with his grandpa, Al Hansen. Michel Gondry was the drummer in a band called Oui Oui back in the ’80s, and Stephen Colbert once fronted a Rolling Stones cover band.
Our point? Sometimes the people who we know for one thing have a hidden talent that we never could have guessed (we’re looking at you, Colbert). That’s the premise behind HBO’s new Sunday night comedy Hung, which is already a fan favorite. The idea behind the show is rather unique: Ray Drecker, a former high-school sports legend, is now a middle-aged high-school basketball coach. He’s divorced, struggling to support his kids, and virtually homeless after his house catches fire. That’s when he decides to take on a second job — as a gigolo.
To help spread the word about Hung our friends at HBO are giving Flavorpill readers a chance to win a box set* of one of their acclaimed series. To enter, leave us a comment here detailing your own hidden talent. We’ll pick our favorites on July 22 and post the winners here! But be warned: We’ve already gotten some pretty amazing entries.
Already entered? Take a few moments to create a personal ad to Pimp Ray, and you could be taking home $10K.
* Five first-prize winners will take home The Sopranos: The Complete Series. Five second-prize winners will score a box set of The Wire and Deadwood. Five third-prize winners will win a copy of Season One of True Blood.