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Pamela Adlon Improvs Voices

Pamela Adlon Improvs Voices

You might not know Pamela Adlon’s face, but she’s the talented actor behind Bobby on King of the Hill and Spinelli on Recess, among others. In the latest of Vanity Fair’s voice improv videos, they asked her to come up with eight new character voices on the spot. The scenarios she comes up with are just as imaginative as the voices.

Phil LaMarr Improvises Voices

Phil LaMarr Improvises Voices

Cartoon fans will recognize Phil LaMarr as the man behind the voices of Samurai Jack, Hermes Conrad on Futurama, and hundreds of other characters. Vanity Fair asked Phil to improvise 12 new character voices entirely based on their illustrations. If there’s one thing the clip proves is just how impressive his range is.

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Rapper’s Delight: Digital Edition

Rapper’s Delight: Digital Edition

The 1979 Sugar Hill Gang track Rapper’s Delight put hip hop on the map for many of us. Now enjoy a cover of the seminal rap track, as performed by the trio of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, courtesy of YouTuber Steven Rosenthal. It seems like Siri has the best sense of rhythm.

Tom Kenny Improvs Characters

Tom Kenny Improvs Characters

Best known as SpongeBob Squarepants, voice actor Tom Kenny has been featured in numerous cartoons since the 1990s. In this funny Vanity Fair clip, he was put on the spot and asked to improvise voices for five new characters. It’s amazing how he brings all of them to life.

Pickle Rick Outtakes

Pickle Rick Outtakes

(PG-13: Language) While working on the hilarious Pickle Rick episode of Rick and Morty, co-creator and voice actor Justin Roiland struggled to get through even the most mundane lines as the multiverse’s favorite dill- and alcohol-infused grandpa.

TheCrafsMan: Space Chicken

TheCrafsMan: Space Chicken

“After probably about 200 sketches, I decided on the free-range chicken… and that makes sense to me.” TheCrafsMan shows us how he designs then sculpts a figure for resin casting, while wooing us with the most soothing voice in an art lesson since the mighty Bob Ross.

Justin Roiland’s Voice Acting Tips

Justin Roiland’s Voice Acting Tips

(PG-13: Language) Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland presents a series of not so useful tips to help budding voice actors hone their craft and perform just like he does. No time to watch? Rescue some dogs, drink lots of Hennessey, and you’ll be a star in no time.

Phil LaMarr: Cartoon God

Phil LaMarr: Cartoon God

He might not be a household name, but you’ll quickly recognize actor Phil LaMarr as characters like Hermes on Futurama, and Jack in Samurai Jack. He also played a pivotal role in Pulp Fiction, and was a regular on MADtv. Great Big Story recently sat down to chat with Phil.

The Indian Alphabet Song

The Indian Alphabet Song

It’s time for today’s dose of politically incorrect humor. This Is Barry presents a rundown of the complete English alphabet, as interpreted by folks in India. We’re so singing this instead of the old Alphabet Song from now on.

Back to the Futurama

Back to the Futurama

On Nerdist series Talkin’ Toons, actor Billy West bounced between his Professor Farnsworth and Fry voices from Futurama while reading a scene with Doc Brown and Marty McFly from Back to the Future. We so want to see this movie now. Thumbnail image by John Dayluke.

Mechanical Speech Synthesis & More

Mechanical Speech Synthesis & More

The Royal Institution shares a 1985 lecture by professor David Pye as he shows off a vintage analog device which allowed a skilled player to synthesize sounds that approximated a human voice. He then showed off what was then state-of-the-art electronic speech synthesis.

Nancy Cartwright: Rapid-fire Simpsons

Nancy Cartwright: Rapid-fire Simpsons

Actor Nancy Cartwright rattles off voices from seven characters she plays on The Simpsons, from Bart Simpson, to Todd Flanders, to everyone’s favorite nose-picker, Ralph Wiggum. Who else knew Kearney’s last name before today? We sure didn’t.

Ventriloquist Voice Swap

Ventriloquist Voice Swap

Ventriloquists RudiRok and Sari Aalto take turns throwing their voices while the other one moves their lips like a human dummy. The result is simultaneously amazing and disturbing.

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Stephen Hawking’s New Voice

Stephen Hawking’s New Voice

The great Stephen Hawking appeared in a skit made by UK charity Comic Relief. It’s about him looking for a new voice for his text-to-speech device. Sadly, none of the correct options were available: Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, or Gilbert Gottfried. It’s not rocket science.

Hank Azaria Simpsons Graduation

Hank Azaria Simpsons Graduation

During the commencement for Tufts University’s class of 2016, actor Hank Azaria decided to conclude his speech with some sage advice, though he did it in the voices of Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum, and other characters he portrays on The Simpsons.

Celebrities Doing Voices

Celebrities Doing Voices

(PG-13: Language) The Graham Norton Show put together this compilation of celebrity guests who for one reason or another did impressions, accents, or other silly voices while on the show. Next time we’re in a McDonalds, we’re so ordering a Corta Panda.

Wallace the Didgeridoo

Wallace the Didgeridoo

YouTuber Arman Minasian overlaid clips of a 2013 interview video with baritone-voiced basketball player Gerald Wallace, resulting in a sound that’s somewhere between a didgeridoo and Mongolian throat singing.

The Force Awakens: A Capella

The Force Awakens: A Capella

Austin Hale redubbed the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, removing the existing voices, music, and sound effects, and replacing them with his own vocals. While he makes no effort to do character impressions, his silly sound effects are just right.

The Voices of Scooby Doo

The Voices of Scooby Doo

A great bit of footage from a 2001 documentary featuring interviews with the actors behind the voices of the Hannah-Barbera cartoon classic Scooby Doo and Dinomutt. Could you imagine Shaggy and Fred’s voices being reversed?

29 Voices, A Bunch of Fakers

29 Voices, A Bunch of Fakers

It turns out that musician Rob Cantor lied, and enlisted the help of 11 different impressionists for his “29 Voices: 1 Song” clip, and just lip-synched his way through it. Proof positive you should never believe anything on the Internet.

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Porky Pig Explained

Porky Pig Explained

Looney Toons voice actor Bob Bergen explains how he ingeniously broke down Mel Blanc’s original Porky Pig voice so he could replicate it. Even if you know the trick, you still can’t do it. From the documentary I Know That Voice.

Darth Joker

Darth Joker

When asked by a fan if he’d do his cartoon Joker voice in a mock scene from The Empire Strikes Back, actor Mark Hamill was happy to oblige. Star Wars Episode VII: The Clown Prince of Crime. That’s a movie we’d pay to see.

Darth Pooh Bear

Darth Pooh Bear

Jim Cummings is the voice actor for beloved characters like Winnie the Pooh and Dark Wing Duck. Watch as he gives us a sample of what A New Hope might have been like had Vader given into his more animalistic tendencies.

H. Jon Benjamin’s Worst Characters

H. Jon Benjamin’s Worst Characters

H. Jon Benjamin is the unmistakeable voice behind Bob Belcher, Sterling Archer, Coach McGuirk and many others. The guys from the new show Worst Gig Ever asked him to voice a few new characters for our amusement.

The Hobbit Recast

The Hobbit Recast

The casting director for The Hobbit trilogy decides that Ian MacKellen isn’t quite right for the role of Gandalf, and tries out a few other possible actors for the role. Impressionist Charlie Hopkinson’s Jesse Pinkman impression is spot on.

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