Jan 10, 2016 « Back to Episodes

Phil LaMarr PT1 EP195

Chuck and Stacey kickoff Season 5 of VO Buzz Weekly with acting powerhouse Phil LaMarr, from animated shows like Futurama, Family Guy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Static Shock and Turbo Fast, an original cast member of the sketch comedy TV series MAD TV and “Marvin” in the iconic movie, Pulp Fiction.

Phil talks about his performing career that started in high school, took him to Yale University then brought him back home to The Groundlings in Los Angeles. He shares the benefits from his background in improv and how his work on MAD TV led to working on Family Guy and Futurama.

As a gifted impressionist, Phil performs some of his best like Humphrey Bogart, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Prince, Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson and some of his personal favorites like Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. He talks about how he masters doing impressions and the way he discovered the range of his voice early on.

Phil explains why decided to stop auditioning for on-camera commercials and offers some great advice when auditioning for animation work that includes finding the balance between play and technique. He reflects on how his voiceover work has changed over the years and whom he looks up to in the voiceover business.

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