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Geek meets Chic

Name two things that might mean you’re a geek.

If you said being a mechanical engineering student AND a member of the U.C. Berkeley Rubberband club, cue up the winner’s ring-a-ding-ding.

Josh has been named as one of the geeks who will be taking lessons in social graces from a non-intellectual chic when the latest round of “Beauty and the Geek” starts up on Sept. 18.

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The Oakland native says everyone who knew him, and saw the show, thought he should try out for it.

“The Oakland-Berkeley area has so many different and interesting people and that’s what they want on TV,” Josh, 21, says. “I was hoping to learn the skills of this show teaches like social skills with people, women in particular. That skill was the one I needed the most and the one area where I gained the most confidence.”

Now perhaps the Oakland Tech grad will share that same bravado as another famous alum, Clint Eastwood.

“Well, both my parents have Phd’s and encourage education and analytical thought, but I think I may be the geekiest person to come out of my family. I have three younger siblings who told me I needed to go on this show,” Josh says. “I’ll have to wait until after the show airs to see if I’ll have the star power of Clint, but I believe I have a long way to go.”

By the way, if you were wondering what the Rubberband Club does, it is a club devoted to shooting rubber bands and playing rubber band-based games.

Like that surprises you.

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It’s Always Sunny…in Berkeley?

How about a little sunshine in Berkeley?

It’s only three more weeks before the third season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” pops back on the FX schedule on Sept. 13, so to get you revved up the interactive tour bus featuring all things sunny will stop by from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the University of California, Berkeley at Caltopia in the Spieker Plaza.

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IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA: Cast: Clockwise from Top Right: Glenn Howerton as Dennis, Charlie Day as Charlie, Danny DeVito as Frank, Kaitlin Olson as Sweet Dee and Rob McElhenney as Mac. CR: Jay Silverman / FX

Some of the cool stuff includes a screen test where fans can memorize lines and act out a scene in front of a green screen, which looks like Paddy’s bar. The would-be stars get a DVD of their test, plus a big screen outside will let everyone check out their test.

Events will also include a “Meet the Cast” display featuring cast pictures and bios, along with a large screen displaying behind the scenes videos, trailers for season three and exclusive scenes. Visitors can also enjoy the Paddy’s beverage bar and get their hands on Sunny giveaways.

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