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.
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Voice actor Rob Paulsen appears at the National Press Club on Thursday August 1, 2013 at 6:30pm!
What do Yakko Warner and Dr. Otto Scratch‘n’sniff of Animaniacs; Pinky of Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain; the classic Raphael and current Donatello of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Carl Wheezer of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; Bobble of Tinker Bell; and over 250 other animated characters have in common? They are all voiced by Rob Paulsen, award-winning voice actor extraordinaire.
With over thirty years of experience in the professional voiceover industry, and over 2,000 half-hours of animation and 1,000 commercial spots to his credit, it’s a guarantee that at some point, you’ve heard Paulsen’s voice emanating from your television. Now, hear him (and his characters) in person as he talks about his amazing career and experiences in the voiceover industry, answers audience questions, and signs autographs for his fans.
Paulsen’s versatility as a voice actor shines in his many roles, which include, in addition to those listed above, Porky Pig, Arnold the Pit Bull, Fowlmouth, and Furrball in Tiny Toon Adventures; Mac Gopher in The Looney Tunes Show; Bird Brain in T.U.F.F. Puppy; Steelbeak in Darkwing Duck; The Riddler in Lego Batman: The Movie; Mark Chang in The Fairly OddParents; Toodles in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse; Spike in The Land Before Time; Throttle in Biker Mice from Mars; Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask TV series; Arthur in The Tick; and Gladstone Gander in DuckTales.
For his voice acting work, Paulsen has received three Emmy nominations, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for his role as Pinky. Paulsen has also been nominated for an Annie Award six times, winning twice for his role as Pinky and once for his role as Yakko Warner. Animaniacs, in which Paulsen played a key role, has also received numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award in its debut season.
Along with his successful career in voice acting, in 2011 Paulsen started the popular “Talkin’ Toons” podcast, in which he discusses his experiences in voice acting and chats with other accomplished members of the voiceover and animation industries. The podcast averages 80,000 listeners per month and has featured a plethora of industry guests, including Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), June Foray (Rocky and Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle), Jim Cummings (Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger) and Mark Hamill (the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series).
Admission for this event is free for NPC Members, $10 for general admission. This event is sponsored by The National Press Club’s Young Members Committee.
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