This week, it has been all Pope Francis, all the time, as the news media have fixed their cameras on the leader of the Catholic Church everywhere he goes. It has kept me busy too, doing my impression of Pope Francis for morning radio shows across the country(including a show in Philadelphia, where the Holy Father will be this weekend.)
Here are just a few samples of my Pope Francis voice impression at work:
Here's a parody promo that makes Pope Francis sound like the rock star he is...written and announced by the voice of the iHeart Radio Countdown, Andy Harris.
2 weeks ago, I auditioned for a commercial voice-over that was being put together by AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign, to be aired nationally on ESPN. It was a special circumstance, since I wasn't auditioning to be the announcer, or even the tag announcer. The audition asked if I could be a "voice match" for a person in the spot. The spot deals with the tragic story of college football recruit Fletcher Cleaves, who had been paralyzed by a texting driver. The script directed that the coach who had recruited Fletcher, Hugh Freeze, leave him a congratulatory voicemail. That's where my voice-over audition came in to play. I didn't realize I had it in me, but I won the chance to record the part with my voice impersonation/voice-match of Coach Hugh Freeze. Thank you AT&T, ESPN, and thank you ACM Talent, for this great opportunity. I'm humbled to be a part of such a compelling piece of advertising.
It's a very powerful, sobering ad. It will definitely make you re-think your relationship with your cell phone.
Here's the spot, as it aired last Saturday during ESPN's College Gameday:
And here's the :30 version of the commercial...
This morning I had a blast talking with my former co-workers, the Mojo in the Morning show on Channel 955 in Detroit. Mojo had me on doing my Donald Trump and Caitlyn Jenner impressions. Mojo recently said he would be running for mayor in a Detroit suburb, Royal Oak, and wanted advice for running his campaign. Who better to talk to, than a Donald Trump voice impersonator, er- I mean, Donald Trump? Here's how the call went down: