This U.S. Paralympian Known For His Creative Halloween Costumes Has Outdone Himself This Year
Josh Sundquist is known for many accomplishments, but it’s his ingenious and hilarious approach to Halloween costumes that has garnered most of his online fame and fans. When he was 9 years old, he lost his left leg to cancer, but since then, he’s found success as a U.S. Paralympian, author, motivational speaker, and comedian.
Six years after losing his leg, he picked up ski racing. He moved to Colorado a year later at age 17 to dedicate himself to training and competition, racing for the United States in the IX Paralympic Games held in Turin, Italy. In 2006, he left racing to earn a college degree in business from College of William & Mary, and later earned a master’s degree in communications from the University of Southern California.
Having given his first motivational speech as a teenager, Sundquist has continued to tour and speak, offering discussions of his struggles, peppered generously with a comedic take on both his condition and the world around him.
His sense of humor has also manifested in an annual parade of hilarious Halloween costumes that incorporate his disability in incredibly clever ways. Last year, he appeared as Lumiere the candlestick from “Beauty and the Beast,” standing tall while doing what a candlestick does — holding candles.
In 2015, he took a brand name quite literally, standing in as an “IHOP” sign: his head and likeness completely hidden from view, save for his one leg serving as the signpost.
A few years prior, he took a very conceptual (and counterintuitive) approach to his flamingo costume, showing off his impressive upper-body and core strength in the process.
Way back in 2012, he took on some low-hanging pop-culture fruit by dressing up as the iconic “leg lamp” from “A Christmas Story.”
For 2017’s costume, Sundquist became a live-action Tigger from “Winnie the Pooh,” disguising his leg as the tiger’s springing, load-bearing tail. To really sell the effect, his costume reveal was set in a trampoline park. Thousands of people were waiting to see what Sundquist would be wearing this time around, and they weren’t disappointed.
His fans were quick to marvel at not only Sundquist’s innate sense of costumes and creativity but his positive outlook on life.
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Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ Adaptation ‘The Watch’ Lands At BBC America
Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ Set For TV Adaptation With BBC Studios & Narrativia
The U.S. cable network describes the show as a “punk rock thriller” inspired by the City Watch subset of Discworld novels. The character-driven series centers on Terry Pratchett’s misfit cops as they fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized wrongness, from both the past and future in a perilous quest.
The Watch features many Discworld creations including City Watch Captain Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naïve but heroic Carto rot, the mysterious Angua and the ingenious non-binary forensics expert Cheery together with Terry Pratchett’s iconic characterization of Death.
Written by The Musketeers and Das Boot writer Simon Allen, BBC Studios is co-producing the series with Narrativia, the production company founded by Pratchett in 2012 and now run with Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna and his former business manager Rob Wilkins.
The series is being exec produced by BBC Studios’ Head of Drama London Hilary Salmon, who has worked on series such as Luther and Silent Witness , Ben Donald and Wilkins as well as Doctor Who’s Phil Collinson. It was commissioned by BBC America’s President and GM Sarah Barnett and Nena Rodrigue, EVP of Original Programming, Acquisitions and Production.
“ The Watch has been startlingly reimagined for television by writer Simon Allen, while still cleaving to the humor, heart and ingenuity of Terry Pratchett’s incomparably original work,” said Barnett. “BBC America embraces what’s fresh and exhilarating in TV; we believe The Watch will astonish audiences.”
Allen said, “With events in our own world making the insanity of Discworld seem outrageously familiar, there couldn’t be a better time to bring Terry’s fun, fire and fury back to the small screen or a better place than BBC America. I’m grateful to them, BBC Studios and especially Rob Wilkins at Narrativia who has been a constant source of inspiration on this epic and emotional journey.”
Hilary Salmon said, “ The Watch is a distinctly British but defiantly global exhilarating thriller that is disruptive in its approach to the fantasy genre and also big on the themes of mortality, inclusion, alternative facts and justice. It’s a dizzying riot of hope, joy, suspense and audaciously dark humor. We can’t wait to work with BBC America to bring it all to life for existing fans and brand new audiences.”
Rob Wilkins added, “Many years ago Terry made the brave decision to allow brand new Watch stories to be told with his existing characters. It’s taken a long time for anything to happen because we guard these characters with our very lives. So many of Terry’s biggest ideas seem more vital and urgent now than ever before and I am thrilled to be working with Simon and such a talented team, who understand the unique genius of their creator. They have really keyed into the subversive qualities of Terry’s voice and they clearly adore Discworld as much as I and millions of fans around the world do.”