An actor well known in animation circles, Billy West is one of an increasingly popular breed — actors heard, but not seen. Tops in the voiceover business, some of West’s most famous voices include those of Ren & Stimpy, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in the feature film, Space Jam, and the official voice of Woody Woodpecker. For years, West also provided celebrity voice impersonations on The Howard Stern Show. His recent animated projects include Histeria!, Catdog, Detention, Voltron, Rayman, Project Geeker and Men in Black. Amongst other things, West currently is working as the in-show announcer for the new Screen Gems Network. He is also the voice of George Jetson for Radio Shack, Marfalump for the Pepsi/Star Wars ad campaign, various claymation characters for Brisk Iced Tea and the Red M&M for the new millennium M&Ms’ campaign.
A self-proclaimed Mel Blanc devotee, West recalls that even as a very small child he would listen to people’s voices on the radio and imitate them. His big break came in 1988, when he landed the role of Cecil in the cartoon Beanie and Cecil. From there, he was noticed by the creators of Ren & Stimpy, who brought him on to portray the dim-bulb feline, “Stimpy,” and the psychotic chihuahua, “Ren.” It was also at that time that he supplied an array of outrageous characterizations for The Howard Stern Show.
He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
In addition to Fry, West voices Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan and various other characters on Futurama.
Saturday, January 26th, 1pm, Cobb’s Comedy Club