Do you want to take the 28 Days Without Alcohol Challenge? Fabien Cloutier and Julie Ringuette try the experience and invite us to a big party at TVA to convince the public to follow them in the adventure. Because together, we are always stronger!
The 28-Day Challenge, which offers Quebecers a temporary stop to their alcohol consumption throughout the month of February, has been in existence for eight years, and will be accompanied for the first time this year by a television program to mark its launch.
And it will be far from sad because we cannot raise our elbow, assures Fabien Cloutier, co-host, with Julie Ringuette, of this big “party”, where the duo of hosts and their guests (Sébastien Benoit, the chef Jonathan Garnier, sommelier Philippe Lapeyrie, mixologist Maxime Boivin), artist friends who will be their teammates (Valérie Chevalier, Stéphane Fallu, Pascal Morrissette, Christine Morency), their “coaches” and mentors (Marc Hervieux, Jean-Marc Généreux) and André-Philippe Gagnon), as well as personalities who will offer musical performances (Mélissa Bédard and Roby Talbot, Adriano and Samantha from Revolution, DJ Mighty Kat and Éric Desranleau) will submit to a host of fun challenges, kept secret for now.
The shooting of 28 days together, which was held Wednesday afternoon at La Scena, in the Old Port of Montreal, had not yet taken place when the QMI Agency spoke with Fabien Cloutier. Badin, the latter still had no idea of the surprises that would be in store for them, for him and his accomplice. He could only guarantee one thing: the meeting will be “very, very festive”.
“I have the impression that they will not necessarily rely on our strengths,” laughed the interpreter of Leo, thinking of the games that awaited them.
“There will be music… I’m afraid there will be dancing… But we’ll live with it, if necessary!” Added Fabien, laughing. Imitations? “We’ll leave that to the professionals!” (laughs) “
No, Fabien Cloutier has never experienced addiction or drug addiction problems. But in these times of confinement, it never hurts to question our lifestyle, and to prevent rather than cure, he believes.
“I think everyone has the right to have their little moment, but we are reaching the eleventh month of the pandemic. The first month, we didn’t bother the world too much with that (laughs), but after a year, we can go back to some good habits, and it’s still worth wondering about that. We know what alcoholism and drug addiction can do. For one evening, we want to give it a little bit, try to raise awareness, but with a smile, ”reflected aloud the one who really intends to try the Challenge, without pressure.
“When it was offered to me, I told myself that I couldn’t really talk about it without doing it. So, I’m getting ready. I’m going to be like everyone else: some evenings, it will be a little more difficult, it will “work” on me a little more. At the same time, the police won’t come knocking on the door if you cheat … (laughs). But I will try not to cheat! ”
The year 2020 has been a busy one for Fabien Cloutier, who has often been called upon to “go for a dime” in recent months. His show It will be fine was conceived in just a few days last spring, and the ComediHa! that he was supposed to host during the summer finally took place last week.
These days he can be found at the helm of 99 reasons to love Montreal, at Évasion (Monday, 8 p.m.), in The beautiful discomforts 2.0, at TVA (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), and he is one of the Fine 4H ambassadors of the Martin-Matte Foundation.
The author and actor also hopes very strongly to restart the production machine of Leo in May, for the shooting of a third season of his comedy.
“We learned a lot on the set, in the last year, about the stuff that was used. We can now shoot scenes that we would have thought impossible to do in the spring. The changes to be made to the scenarios are much smaller than expected. I don’t see what could prevent us from filming in May. We must live on hope! ”
28 days together, Sunday January 31, at 9 p.m., at TVA. The 28 Day Alcohol Free Challenge will be held from 1er to February 28. The Jean-Lapointe Foundation hopes to raise $ 750,000 this year. For information: defi28jours.com.