Why No Work for a Rob Ford Look-Alike?

From a Canadian reader named Barry Neelin:

I am constantly being asked if I am Rob Ford.  Some say we could be twins. I want to be able to offer corporations my Fordability to advertise their products using Mr. Ford’s facial recognition. I have had no luck. Some say this is unusual in that he has selling appeal. I consider my freak ways of decision-making reliable, but I am up against a wall. Your thoughts would be appreciated. See attached pic:

barry neelin and rob ford

I guess the first step for Barry would be to determine what kind of corporations are open to using “his Fordability to advertise their products.” Any thoughts?

Doug Ford

As his brother, I think it would be hilarious if Barry wondered the streets of Toronto right now, as everyone thinks Robbie is currently in re-hab (he's really hanging out in our sister's basement).


Rehab Clinics.


I understand Mr. Doctorow over at BoingBoing has quite the Ford fetish.

LS Toronto

Why would any corporation want to associate themselves with Rob Ford? He's a very negative image and while late night TV can, and does, mock him relentlessly, corporations usually hire look-alikes for motivation, for raising morale, etc. I really don't see the selling appeal. He's also tremendously controversial, and with an election going on right now, corporations are going to be very very careful about where they place their loyalties. If they mock Ford and he gets in again (which could happen, sad to say), then there could be serious reprisals - which has happened before when someone has crossed Ford's path (or his family's). If I were Mr. Neelin, I'd change my image and run the other way.


Try selling yourself to the NFL or beer companies.

Chris S

I would think that buyers in the market for look-alikes want to have the recognition moment of "hiring the original" even when the original can't really be hired for the specific job at hand. Politicians aren't generally seen doing endorsements!

Demand for Barry's services would therefore be some fraction of the demand (never fulfilled) of having Rob Ford do the same job. But we have already seen corporations and large institutions run the other way. The Canadian Football League went on record asking Mayor Ford *not* to attend the Grey Cup game! (*)

In that environment, it strikes me that demand for Barry's MayorFordLookAlike is going to be very low.



Isn't the best person to hire a celebrity lookalike that celebrity themselves? I would go to the source and ask if he could use your services to take heat off himself.


Assuming you're trying to make money off of this, I think you're looking in the wrong places. It seems unlikely that a company will want to hire you since most companies wouldn't want to associate themselves with Ford's behaviors. I think you would find more luck doing something comedic- see if people will hire you for events, parties, comedy shows, etc.


Maybe you could be employed in satirical comedy? Harry Hill used to employ lookalikes to play people in the news.


They ARE going to make a movie about him. The logical people to play him are dead (how bout that?). Can you act?
As for commercial appeal; the logical places are ads for rehab centres, don't drink and drive campaigns, anti-establishment groups, get out and vote groups (as in "get out and vote or you may end up with me"). Ford is know in the US. Get an American agent.
Also contact the late night shows starting with Jimmy Kimmel. Contact the CBC satire shows. Get it out there that you look like you know who.
Finally, check Canadian slander laws. Under Canadian law the truth is no defense.

Barry Neelin

Yes I can act to all the Nay Sayers I am his clone I am also his decoy. Comedy is a varied sport I intend to make a film the exemplifies the Mayor as a hero and a man that can be the come back kid. Many politicians and famous people have been through this. Look at Paula Dean a great example of coming back from the her issues. A remake of Order In The Court the 3 Stooges as the Mayor in the stand would be hilarious. Kimmel ect. want the real man I am the next closest as seen on Google just enter my name and see for your self.



Go on Jimmy Kimmel...I'll help you :)