A few months ago, I was approached by the creative team at Elevator Shorts to use my impressions of David Letterman and Paul Shaffer for a web video they were producing for the Colon Cancer Coalition. At first I was wondering how they would combine David Letterman with such a serious subject, but they worked it out just fine. See the video for yourself by clicking on the Youtube link below.
My time with Casey Kasem
Casey Kasem was one of the kindest and most generous people I've ever encountered. He never let his celebrity separate him from giving back and helping someone else achieve their goals. When I sent him a note in the mail with my voice demo asking for a critique, he called me within a week, left a message on my machine, and when I called him back, we spent 20 minutes on the phone together as I took notes from him. When we finished, he told me to call him whenever I was out in L.A. When I did finally make it out there, he invited me over to his house to visit and follow up on the changes I had made to the voice demo! He truly lived out his catch phrase, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars". He was simply one of a kind. Rest in peace Casey.
p.s. If you ever want to hear the longer, unabridged story sometime, I can tell you that in person. : )
Celebrity Voice Impersonator: Eric pranks Shinola Watch Company as Former President Clinton
You may have heard that Former President Bill Clinton was in Detroit last month on a fundraising trip, and during that time he visited the Shinola Watch Company. They presented him with a watch, and that's where Mojo in the Morning came up with a funny premise. They asked me to play the role of Clinton, and the rest is now phonescam history!
Many thanks to Spike and Mojo for letting me play along.
Click below and listen for yourself!
And if you're listening from your smart phone, click play below:
Jay Leno's departure from the Late Night landscape in February left us looking at Dave wondering, "How long is he gonna do his show?" Well now we know. Letterman will say goodbye sometime in 2015.
I am seriously going to miss him. Not only as a viewer, but as a celebrity voice impressionist (please see my impressions demo). I guess the selfish reason is, I don't really want to add Dave to my list of retired guys I imitate...although Regis could use a buddy. So for all you morning radio shows, animation web video producers, and anyone else who needs a Letterman impression over the next year, don't hesitate to call...and if you call right now, I'll throw in a Paul Shaffer voice impression for free!
Terminator: Genesis is about to start production in April with series star Arnold Schwarzenegger ready to return to the role that made him an icon. Arnold spoke to MTV recently, and along with revealing some plot details, he explained how the script handles the idea that his robotic killing machine can look thirty years older than he did when he first appeared in the original if robots do not age. Arnold said that "while there is a machine underneath, on top of the metal skeleton is human flesh, and just like any other flesh it ages. Maybe not as quickly as a human’s but it certainly does over time." I think there may be an easier explanation about the terminator robot getting older, and it has to do with this audio clip of a very advanced copy of the trailer to the film.
Written and produced by the always funny Andy Harris. The voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger is supplied by me.
By the way, Terminator: Genesis is slated for release in July, 2015.
Johnny Carson Sex Tape for Sale?
Earlier this week it was revealed that a sex tape exists of Johnny Carson and woman rumored to be his third wife, Joanna. She denies it, but the person in possession of the tape is putting it up for sale to a private collector. People actually collect stuff like that, huh? Well since we won't be seeing it anytime soon, maybe we could imagine what it might sound like.
Here it is, from the funny mind of Andy Harris, with voices provided by me. Enjoy.
Off-beat Voice Impressions
Bill Hader was one of my favorites on SNL. He had such a great range of impressions and characters. But what I especially like about him is how accurate some of his voice impressions would be. And not just the popular ones. Recently, he was on Conan O'Brien's show and the topic of "Star Wars" came up. Well done Bill!
A Radio Reunion of Sorts
Back in late 1998 to late 1999, Steve Cochran hosted the morning show on WKQI-FM, which at the time was known as Q95-5. John Heffron sidekicked with Steve, after surviving the Danny Bonaduce days and teaming up with one of the nicest guys in radio, Kevin O'Neill. I was also there during this time as the station's commercial production director. Around the same time my voice-over career was just starting to take off too. About half-way through that year, Steve needed a board-op, and I jumped at the chance--for just a little more money, and some donuts. Actually, it was a lot more fun than writing commercials for Laser Eye doctors. I also got a chance to do some voice impressions when the opportunity presented itself. Last week, Steve and John reunited at 720 WGN in Chicago. Check it out by clicking here. It was fun, and frightening when I realized that I can't count how long ago that job was on two hands. By the way, if you've never seen John Heffron's live stand-up act, do yourself a favor and check him out next time he's in your town. And if you've never heard of John and you're a guy in his 20's who needs some help, buy his book, "I Come to You From the Future: Everything You'll Need To Know Before You Know It!" He's done all the research for you, and it's available on Amazon.