SF – Animaniacs 25th Anniversary Celebration

It’s time for Animaniacs! The beloved show turns 25, and SF Sketchfest is proud to celebrate it with an evening of stories, songs and general tomfoolery with three of the massive talents behind the show: Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff), Maurice LaMarche (The Brain), and Randy Rogel, the man responsible for the amazing wordplay and music in the show, appear at the Brava Theater Center on Friday January 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets available now…

Maurice LaMarche:
Maurice LaMarche is an Emmy Award winning Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Big Bob Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Dizzy Devil in Tiny Toons, The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, and his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City. His extensive resumes also includes voice work on The Critic, GI Joe, Freakazoid!, The Tick, Taz-Mania, Talespin, The Littler Mermaid, King of the Hill, Sonic Underground, Disney’s House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Works, and Inspector Gadget. He also dubbed the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D’Onofrio’s on-camera performance in Ed Wood. Follow him on twitter: @mauricelamarche.

Rob Paulsen
One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and back to back Annie awards in 1997 and 1998); Yakko and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff from Animaniacs; Arthur from The Tick; Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom; Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; the title role in Mighty Max; Bobble in the Tinkerbell series; and the title role in The Mask. On camera, he’s appeared in the films Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match and Warlocked. TV work includes MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Rob’s new weekly podcast, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, is available on iTunes. Check out his website at www.robpaulsenlive.com

Randy Rogel
Randy has won three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. He recently co-wrote the hit song “Poisonous Love” for Kristen Chenoweth with John Powell for the major motion picture “Rio 2.” He was show-runner for the animated series “1001 Nights” and won Leo awards for Writing and Best Animated Series. At Disney, Randy wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies “Peter Pan — Return to Neverland,” “Cinderella II,” “Cinderella III,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “101 Dalmations II.” Randy spent nine years on staff at Warner Bros. Animation where he began as an original writer on the “Batman” series and then joined the staff of Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” for which wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts. Randy is a West Point graduate with ten years service as an officer in the combat arms. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the academy and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Presented by SF Sketchfest.

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

OK – Animaniacs LIVE

Actor Rob Paulsen (Yakko Warner, Pinky) and composer Randy Rogel bring ANIMANIACS LIVE to the Rialto Theatre on Friday, December 8th at 8:00 PM.  Get tickets at the link….

Press Release:

It’s time for Animaniacs…LIVE! The most zany, animany and totally insany Animaniacs are back! Fans of the beloved Warner Bros. animated series, are in for a treat as they get up close and personal with their favorite characters as they perform songs from the pop-culture hit cartoon series – live on stage in the all-new Animaniacs LIVE!

The Animaniacs LIVE! Concert is a musical revue, starring Rob Paulsen (Yakko) and Emmy Award-winning composer Randy Rogel, who created many of the memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain pan, they bring the stage to life as the dynamic duo runs through an unforgettable playlist of Animaniacs hits.

In addition to the concert, Rob and Randy will share fun anecdotes and silly secrets from the many years of the making of the series. The concert will feature more than 20 of the most popular songs from Animaniacs, including ‘Yakko’s World’ and ‘I’m Mad’ — and fans will want to hear an updated version of the globe-trotting, world-famous ‘Yakko’s World’ song, featuring newly christened countries as they have come to be.

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Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 708-6937

Walt Disney Family Museum Exhibits at the D23 Expo

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The Walt Disney Family Museum is proudly participating in the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA this Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16th.

Find us on the show floor, where we will have special photo opportunities with large-scale Eyvind Earle artworks, a special showcase of exclusive merchandise—including original Eyvind Earle serigraphs—, and special guest appearances throughout the weekend. We hope to see you there!

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Special Guest Appearances:

Friday, July 14th
Tony Anselmo (voice of Donald Duck)| Meet and Greet | 4:00 PM
Andreas Deja (animator of films including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch, and more | Signing | 5:30 PM

Saturday, July 15th
Don Hahn (producer of films including Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and more) | Special Announcement | 4:00 PM

SF – Brain Candy Live

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Kids in the Hall’s Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson and more appear on Saturday, January 14th at 7:00 PM for a ‘Brain Candy’ Live Staged Reading.

Press Release:

It’s hard to believe it’s been just over twenty years since the Kids in the Hall’s beloved cult classic “Brain Candy” came to theaters, acquainting fans with now-famous characters like Marv and Alice, Chris and Don, and Wally Terzinsky with his wonderfully on-the-nose musical number, “I’m Gay.” This year at SF Sketchfest, the Kids in the Hall bring a rare, very special staged reading of the seminal film, accompanied by narration, music and the occasional video clip!

Click the link for tickets ($45)

Presented by SF Sketchfest

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

CA – The Nine Old Men Signing

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Disney animator Andreas Deja (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hercules) appears at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign THE NINE OLD MEN!

Walt Disney’s team of core Animators, who he affectionately called his “Nine Old Men,” were known for creating Disney’s most famous works, as well as refining the 12 basic principles of animation. Follow master animator and Disney legend Andreas Deja as he takes you through the minds and works of these notable animators. An apprentice to the Nine Old Men himself, Deja gives special attention to each animator and provides a thoughtful analysis on their techniques that include figure drawing, acting, story structure, and execution. The in-depth analysis of each animator’s work will allow you to refine your approach to character animation. Rare sequential drawings from the Disney archives also give you unprecedented access and insight into the most creative minds that changed the course of animation.

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 525-0270

CA – Holidays with Pinky and the Brain

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Voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and the Brain) appear on Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv for a special holiday episode of Talkin’ Toons LIVE! Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and receive a special gift!

Get tickets at the link!

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-2583

CA – The Nine Old Men Signing

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Meet veteran Disney animator Andreas Deja (Scar, Lilo, Hercules, Gaston, Jafar, Mickey Mouse, and others) when he sits down to sign copies of his fabulous new book, The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney’s Great Animators, at Stuart Ng Books on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Stuart Ng Books
20655 S Western Ave, Suite 104, Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 909-1929

CA – Talkin’ Toons LIVE

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talkin_toons1Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Jess Harnell and Kevin Michael Richardson to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!

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Press Release:

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.

Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

CA – Talkin’ Toons w/ Obi-Wan

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Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars: The Clone Wars) to the Talkin’ Toons podcast at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club on Wednesday August 14, 2012 at 8:00pm!

Click here for Tickets $20

18 & over

Two items minimum per person
Seating First Come First Serve
All Shows Have Adult Content
Door Time: 07:15 PM

Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
1000 Universal Studios Blvd #222, Universal City, CA 91608