Adult Swim Voice Actor Performs in Atlanta Live Show

05.28.2010

Voice actor Scott Hilley (Adult Swim’s Squidbillies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) is starring in and directing “The Golden Age Radio Show” at Expressions Theatre and Film in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, May 29th at 7:30 PM.

This family-friendly event — a live radio theatre-style production — will feature performances from episodes of two classic “old time radio” shows and showcase students from Scott’s voice acting workshops (which he teaches regularly in the Atlanta area).

And those of you who’ve been reading this blog for any length of time will know that outside of the “About” page above that I normally do not mention any projects I’m involved with. However, I’m both proud and honored to say that Scott cast me in this show and I’ll be performing a couple Frank Sinatra standards as part of the show’s live music as well.

Tickets are only $5 for this show. Seating is limited and tickets are not available for pre-order. They can only be purchased in person at Expressions Theatre the night of the event.

More details on this show are available via the show’s official Facebook page.

Note: This event is neither affiliated nor associated with Cartoon Network or Adult Swim.

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C. Martin Croker To Host Atlanta Theater Events

08.20.2009

C. Martin (Clay) Croker should be a name familiar to Adult Swim fans — he’s been the voice of Moltar and Zorak on Cartoon Planet, Space Ghost: Coast-to-Coast, and The Brak Show, as well as voicing Dr. Weird and Steve on Aqua Teen Hunger Force. But Croker’s a multi-talented guy whose gifts extend beyond voice acting. On his arglebargle! blog, Croker describes himself as an “Animator, V/O Actor, Comics Artist, Archivist, Director, Collector, Writer, Historian, Painter, Packrat, Recluse, Hermit, Crank, Weirdo.”

He neglected to include “Emcee” or “Host,” which is what he’ll be doing for Bizarro Saturday Morning (a “working title,” says Croker) — a film festival of sorts — at the Historic Plaza Theatre near downtown Atlanta, GA.

Croker tells Voice Actors in the News: “The show will be comprised of all old weird 16mm prints from my own collection — featuring live action, cartoons and commercials and other stuff rarely shown in theaters before!”

The shows are currently scheduled for:

– Tuesday, September 15
– Tuesday, October 20
– Tuesday, November 17

Croker has promised to provide more details on these events in the near future. And while Croker’s upcoming shows are not yet listed on the Historic Plaza Theatre’s website — plazaatlanta.com — location and venue details are available there. Here’s the address and contact info for the theater:

Historic Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306-4219
(404) 873-1939

Croker’s last event at The Plaza — “To Hell With Hitler,” featuring rare 16mm cartoon shorts from WWII (circa 1942-45) — was completely packed out. Blogger “Hipster Dad” wrote a full report of the event on his blog. I was in attendance at the event as well and thoroughly enjoyed it. For those in the Atlanta area, I feel I can say confidently that whether you’re an Adult Swim fan, animation enthusiast, or TV/film junkie… you’d be denying yourself some prime entertainment if you miss these events. Make plans now to attend. And you’ll also want to show up plenty early as seating is rather limited.

In related news, Croker will also be attending Atlanta’s Dragon*Con this coming Labor Day weekend (September 4-7, 2009). He’ll likely be involved in a panel or two, and will be signing autographs at the Walk of Fame during the weekend. I’ll have more details on this once Dragon*Con publishes their schedule.

And just because I can, here’s a photo of me with the esteemed C. Martin Croker at the 2003 San Diego Comic-Con:

SDCC 2003: Craig Crumpton with C. Martin Croker

SDCC 2003: Craig Crumpton with C. Martin Croker

(Please ignore the dork who photobombed us in the background.)


Aqua Teen’s Dave Willis Interviewed

04.25.2009

Promoting an event at Florida State University, Adult Swim writer/producer/show creator/voice actor Dave Willis discusses with Talahassee.com his work on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies. Here’s an excerpt:

“[Meatwad is] the voice I always used when I encountered a little baby or a little kitten,” Willis said and then dropped into a bit of hilarious Meatwad-speak. “It was also a voice I would do late at nights when I was in the weeds (animating the early ‘Aqua Teen’ cartoons) and it made Matt (‘Aqua Teen’ co-creator Matt Maiellaro) laugh. So it just worked its way into the material.”

And on casting performer Unknown Hinson as Early Cuyler on Squidbillies:

We must have auditioned 300 actors to read for Early. Most of them were from L.A. and they were doing these bad Southern accents like Forrest Gump or Colonel Sanders or Foghorn Leghorn. Southern accents are surprisingly hard to fake. … (Unknown Hinson) had a very distinctive quality to his voice. If you’re doing a cartoon, you have to have one voice that can be funny reading the menu. And he’s that guy.”

Despite Unknown Hinson’s crazed onstage persona — think trailer-park vampire crossed with a scary, hairy Porter Wagoner — he’s really a pussycat, according to Willis.

“He’s surprisingly soft-spoken and very accommodating,” Willis said.


MC Chris on Tour

04.15.2009

The Boston Herald has an interview with MC Chris (aka Chris Ward), writer and voice actor on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sealab 2021 about his current passion for creating and performing rap music:

“A major theme in my life is Popeye’s mantra, I am what I am,” Ward said, sitting in his Brooklyn, NY, home surrounded by 15 boxes of MC Chris merchandise. “As much as I’d like to be on TV and making cartoons, I’m MC Chris right now and I’m lucky to be him.”

Continue reading: MC Chris crossing boundaries of rap, animation, comedy.

MC Chris is currently in the midst of a packed spring tour. Check his website MCChris.com for upcoming dates.


VA Guests @ Florida Supercon

03.29.2009

Here’s a heads-up on some convention appearances at the annual Florida Supercon in Miami, FL on June 5-7, 2009:

Bruce Campbell: voice of Uncle Phil on The Replacements, guest voices on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Ant Bully, Megas XLR, Robot Chicken, and various video games.

Pokémon dub cast members Bill Rogers and Michelle Knotts.

– Animated Peanuts/Charlie Brown specials cast members Brad Kesten (Charlie Brown) and Pamelyn Ferdin (Lucy Van Pelt).

Dana Snyder: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Venture Bros., Chowder, Squidbillies.

Sophie McNutt: Anime dub voice actor and director for FUNimation.


VAs on TV: H. Jon Benjamin

03.19.2009

Actor/writer/producer H. Jon Benjamin has perfected the art of the slacker voice performing such characters as Coach John McGuirk on Home Movies, Ben on Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, Mothmonsterman on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Satan on Lucy: Daughter of the Devil, and The Master on The Venture Bros.

Benjamin is not only a writer and producer for Comedy Central’s Important Things With Dimitri Martin, but he’s also a series regular appearing in sketches as various characters.

Important Things airs Wednesdays at 10:30 PM (EST) with repeats throughout the week. Visit ComedyCentral.com to view clips from the show featuring Benjamin.