The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!
About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Creator Eric Powell (The Goon, Big Trouble in Little China, Big Man Plans) signs at Hypno Comics on Saturday, May 2nd at noon for Free Comic Book Day!
Hypno Comics & Games
1803 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Noelle Stevenson appears at Barnes & Noble to sign Nimona on Thursday May 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM!
About this Author
Noelle Stevenson has been nominated for a Harvey Award and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic in 2012 for Nimona. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Noelle is the co-writer of Lumberjanes. She lives in Los Angeles.
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Ave. #110, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Creators David Hellman (the artist of Braid) and Tevis Thompson (writer of “Saving Zelda”) appear at Mission: Comics & Art on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM to celebrate the launch of Second Quest!
Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
Join Claire Keane (Frozen, Tangled) for a Mother’s day event in Venice Saturday, May 9th at 4:00 PM where she will be drawing, reading and signing Once Upon A Cloud at Ecole Claire Fontaine. There will be activities for the whole family and gifts to make for the moms in your life.
Ecole Claire Fontaine
1047 Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA 90291
Jacob Semahn appears at Phat Collectibles on Saturday, May 9th at 2:00 pm to sign Goners!
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804
Big WOW! Comic Fest hosts a Drink & Draw this Friday April 17th, 2015 from 9:00 pm till midnight(?) at the Hyatt Place Hotel (inside the Gallery,) 282 S. Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA 95113 right next door to the San Jose Convention Center. RSVP on Facebook!
Bring your sketchbooks, drawing pads, & art supplies and mingle with professional and amateur artists while having drinks and socializing. It’s a casual event so just dive in and drink & draw. We may have a ringleader for the event to bring up drawing ideas and such so keep posted. If we cannot appropriate one in time, feel free to improvise with your fellow artists.
The Gallery offers plenty of inviting spaces to gather as a group, draw, and have drinks & snacks. There is no entry fee to come to this event.
Badge Pick-Up & Advanced Ticket Sales is open from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Friday at the San Jose Convention Center 150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113. So stick around after you pick up your badge and join us!
Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will be attending San Jose’s Big WOW! ComicFest on April 18-19th at the San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos St. in San Jose.
Hero will be at booth #300 on the convention floor, and Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the con floor will collecting for Hero include: Brent Anderson, Dan Brereton, Dave Gibbons, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Joseph Michael Linsner, John Livesay, Bill Morrison, Marat Mychaels, Paolo Rivera, and Chrissie Zullo. Make sure you stop by and do the right thing!
About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strict to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $700,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
Erik Larsen, Matt Hawkins, Liam Sharp, and Tom Beland appear at Flying Color Comics on Saturday May 2, 2015 for Free Comic Book Day!
Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
Matt Hawkins appears at Treasure Island Comics on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!!
Treasure Island Comics
5018 Mowry Avenue, Fremont, CA 94538