A Farewell to Justin Carmical (JewWario)

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On behalf of Channel Awesome, it is with a sad heart that I must repeat what most of the internet already knows. Justin Carmical, better known as JewWario, died this past Thursday.

I first met Justin on the set of Kickassia. And by set, I mean the middle of the desert. Anyone working on that film can testify to the long hours and dry, windswept weather that seemed to gnaw at your skin. However, Justin took it in stride. With his yellow cap and carefree smile, he stood out in a crowd that already had no problem standing out. What it was about him in that crowd of silly costumed goofs that made him stick out so much more--? I don’t know.

Perhaps it was his earnestness. Perhaps it was the childlike way he approached every scene. Whatever it was, it made filming him so much easier. I don’t recall Doug or myself ever asking for much out of Justin. That’s because, well, what you saw is what you got. And what we got was a breath of fresh air. A sort of “It’s all good!” abandon that was infectious.

It’s hard to describe what it’s like to work in the entertainment industry. So much of our lives are about putting on acts or crafting imaginary worlds around those acts. It’s a tiring life. One that we don’t advertise much because we don’t want to spoil the illusion. But behind the curtain, when the fans are gone and the cameras are off, there will be an exhausted performer wiping the sweat off his or her face and collapsing into a chair. Perhaps that’s why people like Justin leave such a lasting impression on us…

For when the hours get long and the lines get muddled and you just want to collapse in your chair, someone like Justin comes along and puts a smile on your face. There was no secret to it. No magic formula. He just was who he was. And it was more than enough.

To quote my favorite line of his: “I LIKE IT!”

We all liked it. And we’ll miss it.

Robert Walker, Channel Awesome

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