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The Pick-up Artist
Genre Reality
Game show
Created by 3Ball Productions
Starring Mystery (Erik von Markovik)
James Matador (Stan Tayi)
J-Dog (Justin Marks)
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) J. D. Roth
Todd A. Nelson
Adam Greener
Doug Wilson
Clair McCabe
Michael Hirschorn
Jeff Olde
Suzanne Murch
Producer(s) Angela Malloy
Editor(s) Taatshing Hui
Tim Preston
Location(s) Austin, Texas
Phoenix, Arizona
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 mins.
Production company(s) 3Ball Productions
Distributor RDF Rights[1]
Original channel VH1
Original run August 6, 2007 – November 30, 2008
External links
Official website

The Pick-up Artist is an American reality show on VH1 which focuses on a group of eight or nine male contestants who have historically been unsuccessful in love and relationships learning the art of the "pickup" as taught by seduction artist Mystery (Erik von Markovik) and his wings.[2] The first season featured "wings" J-Dog (Justin Marks) and Matador (Stan Tayi), and in the second season, J-Dog was replaced by Tara. In eight episodes, Mystery teaches the contestants with guidance and training to meet potential mates in various locations, such as coffee shops and night clubs. The contestants of the show compete with each other through a series of challenges. Most of the challenges on the first season involved picking up women in different situations, such as on a bridge during the day or in a nightclub. Some of the challenges were more novel, such as the second to last challenge (in the first season) where the men had to pick up a stripper, described by Mystery as "the ultimate challenge".



Season Premiere Date Finale Date Winner Runner-up Location
1 August 6, 2007 September 24, 2007 Alvaro "Kosmo" Orlando Brady Sprunger Austin, Texas
2 October 12, 2008 November 30, 2008 Simeon Moses Matt Radmanovich Phoenix, Arizona

Season One


As the main introduction says, the cast comprises "lovable losers" and each has his own set of issues to deal with:

Name Age Status/Reason on Show Eliminated
Kosmo (Alvaro Orlando) 23 Freezes up around women Winner
Brady 25 Lacking in self-confidence 7th
Joe D. 25 The "friend" to girls 6th
Pradeep 22 Over analyzes and talks too much 5th
Joe W. 24 Starts off strong but often fails fast 4th
Scott 26 Gets very nervous and stutters around women 3rd
Fred 45 40 year old virgin, plus 5 2nd
Spoon (Steven Poon) 27 Does not know how to approach women 1st

Episode Progress

Call-out Order
# Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9
1 Kosmo Joe D. Joe W. Kosmo Pradeep Kosmo Brady Kosmo
2 Brady Brady Kosmo Joe D. Kosmo Brady Kosmo Brady
3 Fred Kosmo Pradeep Joe W. Joe D. Joe D. Joe D.
4 Joe D. Joe W. Joe D. Brady Brady Pradeep
5 Joe W. Scott Scott Pradeep Joe W.
6 Pradeep Pradeep Brady Scott
7 Scott Fred Fred
8 Spoon Spoon
     The contestant won immunity.
     The contestant was chosen as a wingman and had immunity.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant quit the competition.
     The contestant won the title of the Pick-Up Artist.
  • Note 1: Episode 1 had no elimination.
  • Note 2: Spoon won the first reward challenge but quit the competition later that episode.
  • Note 3: Alvaro changed his name to Kosmo in Episode 2.
  • Note 4: Contrary to statements made earlier in the episode, no wing men were allowed to be selected in Episode 5.
  • Note 5: Episode 8 was a recap episode.


Soon after the show appeared, contestant Kosmo (Alvaro Orlando) focused his career in acting.[3][4] VH1 previously listed Kosmo as a video game programmer.[5] Kosmo cleared up any controversy in recent interviews with VH1 and on the[6] show that VH1 had incorrectly listed him as a video game programmer, and that he is an aspiring actor, working as a VJ and cameraman for the past four years in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles,[7] although this claim is somewhat been refuted or shown somewhat falsified by his promo-reel and video biography.[8]

Runner-up contestant Brady Sprunger, despite being described as a shy photographer, also worked as a model, five years before being on the show, for a Los Angeles based modeling agency called Action Agency.[9]

After the Show

Fred was a mattress salesman.[10] According to his MySpace profile, he is also now an actor, comedian, and professional karaoke singer.[11]

Joe D. can also be seen now working as an actor in the television show ER, where he appears as a gas station clerk in the "January 3" episode. He had studied theatre in college.[citation needed]

He will appear in Let The Game Begin with Adam Rodriguez and Stephen Baldwin, which will be released sometime in 2010.


The show debuted with 673,000 viewers, which was initially disappointing[12] and on September 7, 2007, the series averaged 1.8 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating among viewers aged 18–49, which turned out to be an impressive enough result that Season 2 was ordered.[13]

Season Two


Name Age Also Known As Status/Reason for coming on the show Episode Eliminated
Simeon Moses 27 The High-Pitched Hottie Cried when his girlfriend dumped him Winner
Matt Radmanovich 26 The guy with foot in his mouth Flew across the country and his girlfriend dumped him upon arrival Episode 8
Greg Fellows 26 The Loner Hasn't had a date in 5 years Episode 7
Rian Turner 28 Patron Saint of the Overlooked A virgin who has never even had a girlfriend Episode 6
Brian Ly 21 The guy who never kissed a girl. Never kissed a girl Episode 5
Todd Pabst 26 The Girl's Best Friend Has never had sex Episode 4
Karl Meyer 21 The Brokenhearted Kid His only girlfriend broke up with him and broke his heart Episode 3
Kevin Feng 21 Strike-out King The only girlfriend he's ever had cheated on him Episode 2
Alex William Shelley 22 Women think he's gay Virgin, lives with his parents Episode 1

Episode Progress

Call-out Order
# Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Brian Brian Greg Rian Simeon Matt Simeon Simeon
2 Greg Greg Matt Brian Matt Simeon Matt Matt
3 Karl Todd Brian Matt Greg Greg Greg
4 Kevin Rian Todd Simeon Rian Rian
5 Matt Matt Simeon Greg Brian
6 Rian Simeon Rian Todd
7 Simeon Karl Karl
8 Todd Kevin
9 Alex
     The contestant won immunity.
     The contestant was chosen as a wingman and had immunity.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant won the title of the Pick-Up Artist.


  1. ^ Parker, Robin (5 October 2007). "RDF Rights takes on VH1's Pick Up.". Broadcast: 12. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Pick Up Artist". Official page at Mystery's website. Retrieved on 2010 January 18.
  3. ^ "Scene Interactive: ALVARO ORLANDO". Retrieved September 17, 2007. 
  4. ^ Alvaro "Kosmo" Orlando at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "". Retrieved on September 17, 2007
  6. ^ ""
  7. ^ ""
  8. ^ ""
  9. ^ " Action Agency Modeling: Brady Sprunger". Retrieved on September 25, 2007.
  10. ^ " VH1 Contestants on The Pickup Artist". Retrieved on September 26, 2007.
  11. ^ " Fred Rocks Myspace". Retrieved on September 26, 2007.
  12. ^ Levin, Gary (2007 August 14 )."Nielsens: Big bucks, big start for '10'". USA Today. Retrieved on 2007 September 13.
  13. ^ Brady, Shirley (2007 September 7). "360AM: Sept. 7 Programming, Online News & More". Cable360. Retrieved on 2007 September 8.

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