Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Voices of 95-7 KJR

A quick shout-out to my voice actor friends and long-distance co-workers Ann DeWig and Larry Davis. I had a hand in picking their voices for our station (I fell on the floor and threw a tantrum until I got my way). They sound great! Do you agree?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Maurice LaMarche interview

Cartoon fans know Maurice LaMarche as the Orson Welles inspired voice of scheming mouse 'the Brain' (on Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain). He also breathes life into Kellogg's Fruit Loops pitchman Toucan Sam! And it's very possible that he convinced some of you to splurge for a Lexus.

On March 29th, 2012 he called me to discuss his experiences on Matt Groening's Futurama, Tim Burton's Ed Wood, and his early career doing stand-up comedy with Rodney Dangerfield and Sam Kinison. We cover a lot of topics and LaMarche busts out a variety of character voices. He is a gentleman. He is an inspiration. Enjoy!

Parts of this interview aired on 95-7 KJR as a lead-up to the 10th Annual Emerald City Comicon, where LaMarche was appearing (and celebrating a birthday). The interview is presented here in it's entirety for the first time.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Billy West interview

Last week I had the chance to talk with Billy West about Futurama, his time with Howard Stern, Ren and Stimpy, and more. He's funny (as you would expect), disarmingly honest on some topics, and gave elegant advice on how to stand out from your competition. This interview took place on March 30th, 2012. Billy was in Seattle for the 10th Annual Emerald City Comicon.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rob "Pinky" Paulsen interview

Rob Paulsen may be the nicest man on planet Earth. I think you'll hear that in his words and feel it in how genuinely he delivers those words. Rob is the voice of a wide variety of cartoon characters ranging from Pinky (as in "and the Brain"), Yakko Warner (Animaniacs), Raphael and Donatello (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Hadji (Johnny Quest), and many more.

On March 26th, 2012 he called to talk toons, working for Steven Spielberg, the current Ninja Turtles controversy, and his experience with one of my favorite directors: Brian DePalma. It was an honor.

"Batman" Kevin Conroy interview

Kevin Conroy has logged more hours as the Dark Knight than any other actor. He phoned from the Batcave on March 26th, 2012 to talk about 20 years of Batman the animated series, the video-game Arkham City, and how he cuts loose between takes.