The Buried Life: Highest Rated Debut Show in MTV Canada's History

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THE BURIED LIFE – Cast of the Highest Rated
Debut Show in MTV Canada’s History

On January 18, 2010 four ambitious Canadian university students crossed off #53 on their now famous list of, 'What Do We Want to do Before We Die?' when their show, The Buried Life premiered on MTV with the largest recorded ratings in MTV Canada's history.

MTV chose The Buried Life as their flagship program in the coveted '10 Spot' on Monday nights and it has become a runaway hit. The show features the guys experiencing their list of wishes that includes, attending a party at the Playboy Mansion, helping to give birth to a baby, opening the Six O'Clock News, and dozens more.

Relying on goodwill, guts and gumption, small town friends, Duncan, Ben, Dave and Jonnie travel the globe in a donated purple bus to complete a list of '100 things to do before you die' and to help and encourage others to go after their own lists.

For every item they complete on their list, they help a stranger achieve one of their dreams. Everywhere they go they ask the same question: "What do you want to do before you die?" This has become the group's tool to 'uncover' the goals and dreams people have.

Ben Nemtin, is the 26-year-old "ringleader" of the group and narrates each episode. He is a graduate of University of Victoria. Dave Lingwood, is the 24-year-old "funny guy" of the group. He is a graduate of Concordia University. Duncan Penn, is the 27-year-old "business manager" of the group. He is a graduate of University of Victoria. Jonnie Penn, is Duncan's 23-year-old younger brother. He is the group's "idea guy", constantly cooking up ideas, as well as the videographer and editor. Jonnie is a graduate of McGill University.

The name 'Buried Life' comes from a poem written by Matthew Arnold in 1852. The idea is that day-to-day stuff can sometimes bury you and make you forget what you're passionate about in your life. Jonnie read it in English class and showed it to the rest of the group who...
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