Scott Burns first on-camera experience involved repeatedly dunking his head in a bucket of water to simulate him emerging from a giant cup of coffee. The spot was to promote his morning radio show on 97 KREM in Spokane, and succeeded in whetting his appetite to make a splash in acting someday.
Broadcasting took center stage for a number of years until two Seattle writers tapped Scott’s talents to portray Mayberry’s Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife for a TV pilot they were producing.
The pilot served as a demo for Burns, who was hired by the Malcolm Clark agency to play multitudes of characters in their MTV approach parody video for Egghead Software. Following that, Burns was soon portraying everyone from Maxwell Smart to Gilligan…and Pee Wee Herman to The Crocodile Hunter for corporate clients including Weyerhauser, Expedia, Microsoft, Safeco and Farmers Insurance.
Scott’s character work found it’s way to TV commercials as well, portraying the likes of a crazed scientist, clueless golf pro and New Orleans jazz piano player. (THAT role was won because he actually played a Boogie-Woogie tune in the audition…)
Burns first feature film role was that of a beleaguered game developer (Ed Lasalle) in the Bogwood Films production of “G-Sale.” This mockumentary style film about garage sales and the people obsessed by them was recognized at over a dozen film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards.
In 2006 Scott created and developed his own theater stage show depicting his early life as a kid growing up on the farm, then transforming to the field of broadcasting. “From Farmin’ to FM” was directed by Gary Austin, founder of the legendary Los Angeles improv company, The Groundlings.
Burns continues to hone his improvisation skills and is a highly sought-after host/emcee for Charity Auctions, Car Shows and Comedy Shows.