I told you I was a Television Host. Here’s 22 minutes of proof.

I told you I was on television.

Last week one of my guest posters confirmed it by making reference to a show we were on together several years ago. Andrea Claire was the hair and makeup artist on Stylin’ Gypsies, a makeover show I hosted for W Network in Canada. The premise of the show was we travelled around Ontario in a big, pink, falling apart RV, giving women from small towns makeovers.

I’m sassy. The kicker was the women getting the makeover didn’t know we were coming. Their friends and family did. But the actual makeover subjects didn’t. Like … no joke. They had no idea we were showing up. The top of the show was always me surprising the person getting the makeover. When they went to get their makeover by Andrea (and Leslie the wardrobe person), I was responsible for taking over their job … whatever that may be.

Over the course of 3 seasons I had to be a highschool principal, a caretaker for snakes, a secretary, a cashier, a waitress, a babysitter, a firefighter, and more. Much more. So much more I can’t remember them.

So I thought, for this weekend I’d leave you with an episode of Stylin’ Gypsies that I have absolutely no legal right to show. So sue me. No please don’t. I have no money.

In this episode you’ll see more of Andrea Claire who provided me with a guest post all about makeup last week and of course … me.

In this particular episode of Stylin’ Gypsies the girl we were making over was … a wrestler. Which if you have any powers of deduction at all, you will realize, means I took over her job as a wrestler.

The show is a regular half hour show which means it runs for 22 minutes in real time. Watch it now, or save it for later. It’ll give you a bit more insight into what (up until 2 years ago) was my regular occupation.

Television host extraordinaire. At the very least, television host.

Have a good weekend!


  1. I watched the whole thing! Love it, Karen. You’ve found your place on screen and on…line. 😉 (I’m tooooootally copywriting that tonight).

    Erin @ Dwell & Tell

  2. Dawn says:

    I remember that show!! I was excited about being a potential “victim” as I thought I needed a make-over! ((Still do!))

  3. Liesl in Cape Town says:


  4. Oh my god, I used to watch this! How did I not recognize you!?

  5. jodie says:

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Gina says:

    Funny how such a large number of people were doubtful of your tv talents! It seems I’ve been watching you ( not in any creepy way) for years, albeit not in recent times. Your commentaries in between the Simpsons and letterman were a constant in my prime time tv lineup. I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and sometimes I can almost hear you speaking it in front of that old blue background!

    • Karen says:

      Gina – Of all my television jobs CFMT (now Omni) was far and away my favourite. They let me say ANYTHING I wanted. It was very similar to my blog in that way. Not since then have I had that uncensored liberty in television. ~ karen!

  7. Karen says:

    This was so fun, Karen. Thanks for sharing it! I watched it during two breaks from work today, and you made my Monday tasks a little easier. 🙂

  8. Bethkay says:

    Karen, Thanks so much for posting that – I loved it! You are just amazingly funny and talented. Now I am wondering if there is any way to find other episodes to watch?!?

    • Karen says:

      Bethkay – Well, thank you. I’m not sure if there are more episodes on line but I’m sure you can find snippets if you Google/Youtube it. ~ karen!

  9. Amanda says:

    Talk about a different life, huh? So fun! I never would have seen it otherwise – I live in the States. Like kelliblue – I love your hair now, it totally suits you.

    • Karen says:

      Amanda – You can hear me in the States. I am the voice on “My House, Your Money” which airs on HGTV. 🙂 ~ karen

      • Amanda says:

        SWEET! I’ve only seen it a couple of times – now I’ll have to watch and pay better attention to the voiceover. 🙂 Very cool gig!

  10. vicki says:

    i knew i recognized you from somewhere!!! loved that show. you were/are awesome!!! vicki 🙂

  11. kelliblue says:

    I haven’t heard so much giggling in my life! LOL!

    “OMG GET OFF ME!” Hilarious!

    But speaking of makeovers, I love your hair short, it seems to fit you better (it’s sassier!) 🙂

  12. Karen says:

    Guess you really are famous! Cool concept of you taking the place of the makeover-ee. Those wrestling skills will come in handy when your chickens become teenagers! Cheers.

  13. Laura Bee says:

    Karen! Your writing is hilarious & inspiring, but you really are fun to watch. Bringing your blog to life might make me start taping daytime tv again. (If I can remember how to program my vcr)

  14. I watched it all the time and loved it!! So when I found your blog 6 months ago I was thrilled. I’ve been asking everyone if they remember Stylin’ Gypsies! You were the What Not to Wear before What Not to Wear!

  15. Carly says:

    Love the wrestling scenes! I’m glad to finally be able to put a face and voice to your hilarious blog!

  16. Elen Grey says:

    ZOMG. Fun! The makeover was gorgeous, and you were so…You! Loved every minute of it.

  17. Amy in StL says:

    That’s amazing! I don’t live in Canada, but the networks up there need to hire you for hosting duties and let you be the Karen we all love. It could be a show that’s part Bob Vila and part American Pickers with a dash of smarmy Martha Stewart. I’m hungover today and I still laughed out loud at you grabbing the makeup artists lip. It hurt my head, thanks a lot.

  18. Anemone says:

    I did not recognise you in long hair . You look great in the LBD. I do know your voice really well. Thanks for the video. It was great.

  19. Susan says:

    OhmygoshKaren! ONLY you would/could pull this off! I bow down to you and your bravery and talent. This was absolutely wonderful to watch. You are the most entertaining person I know! What a good sport you are; you are my HERO!! Love you to pieces, Susan

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Wow. Too bad the network didn’t see it that way after 3 seasons. ~ karen!

      • judy says:

        they are all scared little weenies-they lose a dime of ad money and they run screaming to the lowest common denominator of entertainment-does it make people look stupid? perfect! Is it smarmy with a soupcon of creepy -great it’ll entertain the kiddies.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Seriously, you are SO much fun! Thanks for posting this! 🙂

  21. Jan says:

    This is so wonderful and you are a natural- funny, sassy, riveting. To be honest, the makeover candidate looked great even in her Before shots and then model caliber in the After shots.

    Or to put it another day- if I looked like her in those Before shots, I’d consider myself lucky indeed.

  22. Suanne says:

    Karen, That was SO much fun! The best part was your performance in the ring. You rocked it! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Robbin says:

    You are a quick study! 😉

  24. Gayla T says:

    At first I didn’t believe that was really you but I recognized how funny you are and your hands. I’m glad YOU got a make over. You are so much cuter with the hair style you have now. The wrestling matched up with the sheet folding. You are soooo funny and it doesn’t seem like you are half trying to be. And you were putting the moves on the bus driver at the same time. Smart girl! How many seasons did you do the show? Obviously, you were the star. Why did it end? We have that show on TV here but the woman on ours is not funny at all and gets on my nerves as she is such a know it all. You do know it all but you don’t act like it. I suppose that’s why you are so endearing. I feel very honored that we have you here on such a personal basis.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you ma’am. Stylin’ Gypsies was one of the few shows I’ve hosted that actually let me be myself. Most shows hired me because of my personality but the minute we started shooting they wanted me to act like a cardboard cutout host. Hence the reason I started the blog. ~ karen

  25. Julie says:

    Never actually heard of this before but I love it! Oh and Cambridge is so not small town. At least not to me haha.

  26. Kelly says:

    Awesome!!!! Bring it back…..such a great concept and would love to see you back on television…not just voice overs.

  27. jen says:

    I didn’t think it was possible for me to love you anymore. Then I watched this video. You’re awesome. I’m sad I never watched this show “Fabulousness will find you.” I think that should be my motto for my 31st year (birthday’s tomorrow!)

  28. Tigersmom says:

    It’s a shame you never got to have any fun.

    I also thought at first that you were missionaries helping out some style-challenged travellers. Makes much more sense this way.

    I also really like your look with long hair. Melissa was a great subject, too.

    Is it true that the fella was the driver? I’ve always wondered how you two met. There, an idea for your next post: the Karen meets the fella story. Do tell.

    And thanks again for the belly laughs. They are a great way to start the day if you remember to stop reading/watching when you take a sip of coffee.

  29. J9 says:

    I watched this show too, you were the best part! I had no idea the fella drove the bus!

    So cool you posted the one from my hometown. I’ve totally seen her boyfriend in town and banked at her TD.

  30. Karen this is the reason why I and so many others (god knows why) love you so much! And why I wrote my blog on you this morning check it out!

  31. Shannon V. says:

    I so remember watching Styin’ Gypsy’s. Loved it. I must say you were RAWKIN’ the spandex pants & looked like you were having fun wrestling.

  32. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    I would be so happy to be ambushed by fun chicks in a pink RV – you can tell me how to get the brassy element out of my hair color and teach me how to do a classy smoky eye. Perhaps pick out an outfit for me that can’t be considered “socially acceptable pajamas”. Then we can all get pedicures and I will travel with you to your next “victim”. I can drive RV’s, so I’d be real helpful.

  33. Melanie says:

    I remember this show. The Fella was the driver. The show was a good one.

  34. Janalee says:

    Encore, encore!!!

  35. Lori says:

    Hi Karen –
    Awesome! This one certainly had me lmao today! I love my daily dose of “The Art of Doing STUFF”! You never disappoint. Stay real!

  36. ev says:

    What a great show Karen! So,, with all you do (that we know about), you can wrestle too!!! Thanks for sharing the episode with us!

  37. Diana says:

    I`m sure, the fella enjoys you knowledge about wrestling!!!
    great job!

  38. Patti says:

    OMG Karen, that`s AWESOME!!! Love the whole concept! You guys should bring it back! I want it on the airwaves!

    And that`s just my reaction from the description! I can`t watch the video on my work computer, but I`ll be doing that on the weekend!

  39. Lynn says:

    LOVE your long hair look Karen!

  40. Langela says:

    That was awesome! You look great with long hair, Karen. And Melissa was gorgeous to start with. I love makeover shows and your was very funny.

  41. I’m saving this for a Friday night treat! (along with my usual… gin).

    The name is so funny – I thought you were going around finding gypsies (or, more correctly, travellers) to make over. I didn’t realise you were meant to be the gypsies!

  42. Brian says:

    :)Have a good weekend Karen!

  43. Mary Werner says:


  44. DzynByJules says:

    Great make-over, she looks amazing! And Gurrrrl, you got some MAD skills in the ring! Love the show, any chance for the making of a new series, Stylin’ Gypsies, Home Edition????? Sign me up girlfriend!
    Bravo!!! Jules 🙂

  45. Janie says:

    LMAO! Whatever you were paid was NOT enough!

  46. Barbara says:

    Yup, used to watch this show on a regular basis and very much enjoyed it! So THAT is you—nice to know you!

  47. Cassie says:

    Wow, Karen. You are so you.. and are stunning and genuine. I love it. Good for you for ringing your own bell. False modesty sucks. I’m an awesome teacher. 🙂

  48. karenagain says:

    I wish I could watch it now but I don’t have a square to spare. 22 minutes is huge. I will look forward to this soon. My green garden has turned yellow. My petunias have drowned. My baby tomato is DEAD. FU rain!

  49. Lori says:

    HOW did I never see this show?!! Must watch full episode, but, must sleep first. So awesome.

  50. Leah Daniels says:

    Wow. I love you Karen.

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