Remember when ex-Student Body President Connor Diemand-Yauman ’10 got a special graduation ceremony and skipped the whole “walking across a stage” thing this past May? And then, remember when we told you CDY and best friend/Fantasticks star Jonathan Schwartz ’10 had actually skipped graduation because they were starring on the upcoming 17th season of the CBS hit reality show The Amazing Race?
Well, that’s happening. Yes, ScwhartzDY™ (don’t try stealing that CBS) will be one of 11 teams throwing themselves into challenges around the world for the chance to win one million dollars. How’s that for your first paycheck outta college?
CBS today started promoting the event, and here are the guys introducing themselves on the Race website.
Look at that! Witty, tricky, and they got the whole “we’re best friends!” thing going on to boot. Everyone’s gonna be rooting for these tigers. (Not to mention “Relationship: Ivy League A Cappella Singers” — that’s one for the scrapbook.)
The two also answered some questions for CBS. Schwartz’s answers are particularly hilarious:
If I could switch places with someone: Yanni
Role model/hero: My parents, Mother Theresa and Kenny G (not necessarily in that order).
What are you passionate about? Tweezin’ the old unibrow
What would you do if you won the million dollars? If I were to win the million dollars I would buy a pony, but just one.
People would be surprised to learn: That my name, “Jonathan,” is translated to mean “gift from God.” Coincidence? I think not.
Anyway, on September 26th, you’ll be able to tune into CBS and watch Team Nassoons!/The Orange and Black!/SchwartzDY™!/whatever you want to call them! gallop across the world and perform tasks, solve puzzles, and generally entertain millions across America.
Speaking of entertaining, it’s relevant to mention, too, that Schwartz is listed as a cast member in the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. It’s directed by Julia Taymor (of Lion King fame) and features new music by Bono and The Edge of U2.
Pair that with CDY’s stint in Korea as a kiddie TV star, their presence on a Jerry Bruckheimer-directed national TV show, and you’ve got a pair o’ best friends ready to take over Hollywood.
Or not, whatever.
Here’s another clip that shows off SchwartzDY™’s singing: