SF Sketchfest pays tribute to comedian Fred Willard, with an event moderated by Kevin Pollak and appearance by special guests Christopher Guest, Robert Klein, Laraine Newman and more on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7:30pm.
Fred Willard is an American Comedy Treasure and has been an important part of SF Sketchfest’s history for 15 years, first attending the festival in its second year. Tonight we celebrate the man himself with a special panel with Fred and some of his collaborators from over the years, including Robert Klein, Christopher Guest, Laraine Newman and more, moderated by Kevin Pollak. A Second City and Ace Trucking Company alumnus, Fred Willard is known for his quick wit and improvisational expertise. He has appeared in over 70 films, including “Waiting For Guffman,” “Best In Show,” “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Roxanne,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “WALL-E.” He has appeared in over 1,000 television episodes, from “Get Smart” and “Fernwood 2 Night” to “Everybody Loves Raymond” to “Modern Family.”
Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!
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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!
Laraine Newman is a comedienne, actress, writer and was part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live! She’s been in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage and has provided voices in Wreck-It Ralph, Wall-E, Toy Story 3, Ponyo, Surf’s Up, Monsters, Inc. and more!
Tress MacNeille is best known for providing various voices in the animated series The Simpsons, Futurama, Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers and more! Her list of video game roles include Kingdom Hearts games, Escape from Monkey Island, The Simpsons Game, and countless others!
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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Hollywood Xpo, October 15 – 17 at the Hilton Universal City, Features Appearances by Over 100 Stars, Reunions, Screenings & More!
(Hollywood, CA – September 29, 2010) Over 100 stars – including two American legends – iconic comics super hero creator Stan Lee and foremost science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury — plus 50 luminaries from various incarnations of Star Trek and other top TV series and films — will all appear at Hollywood Xpo, the first-annual multimedia, popular culture convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror, film, TV, comics, online entertainment, literature and music. Hollywood Xpo will take place October 15 – 17, 2010 at the Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. Event hours are Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The convention kicks off Thursday night, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. with a free pre-opening day screening of Star Trek: Of Gods & Men.
Friday’s highlights will include a Star Trek: Of Gods & Men on-stage reunion, featuring 15 actors from the film and most of the crew, including Star Trek original cast members Walter Koenig (Chekov), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) and Grace Lee Whitney (Rand), as well as Alan Ruck (Captain John Harriman) on Generations, Tim Russ (Tuvok) on Voyager and more.
On Friday evening, The Hollywood Legacy Awards banquet (separate ticket required) will honor icons who have positively contributed to the richness and betterment of humanity through the popular arts, film, TV, music and literature.
Stan Lee, known to millions as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel Comics to a preeminent position in the comic book industry and co-creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men and The Fantastic Four, will make a rare on-stage appearance on Saturday. Ray Bradbury – whose best-known books, masterworks “The Martian Chronicles,” “The Illustrated Man,” “Fahrenheit 451” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” — were all made into classic films — will also take center stage Saturday along with the cast and crew of Ray’s latest movie adaptation, “Crysalis”. Star Trek celebrity highlights will include Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. Riker) and Michael Dorn (Worf) on Next Generation.
Celebrities scheduled to appear on Sunday include Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and Star Trek stars Robert Duncan McNeill (Lt. Paris) on Voyager and John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), Connor Trinneer (Cmdr. “Trip” Tucker) and Dominic Keating (Lt. Reed) on Enterprise.
Other celebrity appearances will include Eric Roberts (The Expendables), Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live), John Savage (The Deer Hunter) Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven), Erin Moran (Happy Days) and many more.
Film and TV show reunions throughout the weekend will include Lost in Space with Bill Mumy (Will Robinson) June Lockhart (Mrs. Robinson) and Mark Goddard (Major West); Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with Alan Ruck (Cameron), Cindy Pickett (Mrs. Bueller) and Edie McClurg (Grace) and InAlienable with Richard Hatch (Dr. Eric Norris), Walter Koenig (Dr. Schilling) and Erick Avari (Howard Ellis).
Production talent set to appear includes Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry, television producer and only son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and actress Majel Barrett; The Chiodo Brothers (Stephen, Charles & Edward Chiodo), sibling special effects artists, best known for their classic cult film Killer Klowns from Outer Space; Star Trek illustrator Rick Sternbach and many more.
In addition to celebrity on-stage appearances, Hollywood Xpo will feature photo opportunities with celebrity guests, autographs at the Walk of Fame, an Artist’s Alley of comic book artists offering demonstrations of their work, and much more. The exhibit hall will be filled with companies and distributors selling and displaying collectibles from the worlds of sci-fi, Star Trek, comics, fantasy and horror.
A unique grid of filmmaking workshops will also be offered, where up-and-coming filmmakers can learn from award-winning directors, cameramen, makeup artists, screenwriters, actors and more about how to make your own film in the 21st century.
Hollywood Xpo tickets are available in advance (www.hollywoodxpo.com) or at the door. Three-day general admission tickets are $75, and single day general admission tickets are $25 Friday, $30 Saturday and $25 Sunday. Children and youths 17 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Special premium reserved seating packages as well as special event tickets are available in advance through the Hollywood Xpo website. When the exhibit hall closes on Friday and Saturday night, all Hollywood Xpo ticketholders are invited to stay and enjoy a variety of special film screenings hosted by celebrities and production talent. For complete event information, visit www.hollywoodxpo.com or call 323.774.1458.
About Hollywood Xpo: Hollywood Xpo producer Planet Xpo Productions has been presenting “out of this world” events since 2003, including the Beam Me Up, Scotty…One Last Time Tribute to James Doohan, Star Trek: The Show That Changed The World Gala 40th Anniversary Celebration and The Great Bird of the Galaxy Tribute to Gene Roddenberry. Sister company, independent film production group Renegade Studios, produced webisodic Star Trek: Of Gods & Men and feature films InAlienable and Roddenberry on Patrol.