Nick van der Kolk, creator/host/director

Nick van der Kolk

Nick van der Kolk is an actor who has appeared in several feature films, including Risky Business, Beverly Hills Cop, The First Wives Club, True Romance, Courage Under Fire, and It’s My Party. Van der Kolk is best known for his role in the ABC family sitcom Perfect Strangers, where he played Balki Bartokomous. He is currently the star of The Nick van der Kolk Project, a home restoration show on DIY Network based on his own hobby of restoring old homes using salvaged materials. He is also a 2012 USA Collins Fellow.


Jessi Carrier, associate producer

Jessi Carrier

Jessi produces fitness shows, creates exercise video tapes, and writes books on exercise and staying fit. Some of her best known works include Shrink Your Female Fat Zones, Sculpt and Burn Body Blitz, and Hit the Spot: Buns. Jessi is known for her emphasis on staying fit naturally, emphasizing that she herself exercises only about 30 minutes a day and does not skip meals. Jessi had a long-running exercise television program Getting Fit with Jessi Carrier on ESPN2, reruns of which can currently be seen on ESPN Classic and Altitude Sports and Entertainment. Before becoming a fitness expert, Jessi was a champion on the balance beam and worked for the podcast, Home of the Brave.

Steven Jackson, associate producer

Steven Jackson
Steven is a highly sarcastic and often lazy North American beaver. Like all beavers, Steven was born fully furred with his eyes open. Unlike all beavers, Steven came into this world with a devil-may-care attitude and sandy blond beach waves. Generally well-spoken and intelligent, he has the habit of performing feats of impeccable engineering with aplomb and without explanation. He is very condescending towards Daggett, his younger brother by four minutes. Steven and Daggett share a typical brotherly love-hate relationship, supporting and antagonizing one another as the mood requires. Before Steven established his bachelor pad/dam in Wayouttatown, Oregon, he was a freelance radio producer; before that he attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies; before that he was a beaver baby (or “kit”).