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->''"[[MemeAcknowledgment Not sure if this is a generic voicemail message, or I mistakenly dialed Billy West]]"''
-->-- ''Futurama'' Promo

Put this guy in a room, give him a script and a mike and you can do a complete show with [[ManOfAThousandVoices 20+ individual voices]].

In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' alone, he is slacker delivery boy Philip J. Fry, MadScientist Professor Hubert Farnsworth, smarmy space captain Zapp Brannigan,[[note]]A role originally written for Creator/PhilHartman, but West stepped in after Hartman was murdered in 1998[[/note]] UsefulNotes/RichardNixon (who is now President of Earth and, like many celebrities from the past, is a head kept alive in a jar), and half of any background/supporting characters you see -- oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Dr. Zoidberg]], the loser lobster-esque alien doctor.

...and all of this after he first came to public attention as the voice of both Doug and Roger on ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' and both title characters of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' after Creator/JohnKricfalusi (the original voice of Ren) was fired[[note]]Ironically, Billy West auditioned for both Ren and Stimpy when the show was being created, but was given the Stimpy role after John K. decided to do Ren's voice himself. He's also declared he'll never work with John K. again due to the man's impossible attitude[[/note]]. He (along with Joe Alaskey) has become one of few voice actors who can impersonate Creator/MelBlanc in his prime, including characterizations of BugsBunny, DaffyDuck, [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome Elmer Fudd]] and other characters from the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. He's also the Red M&M. Even before he was known for all these roles, West worked in radio, and was actually a cast member of ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow'' from 1989-1995 (which explains the joke on "Luck of the Fryrish" when Fry runs into the middle of the streets of Old New York and yells, "Creator/HowardStern is overrated!" It's not only an ActorAllusion, but a TakeThat, as West didn't like working on Howard Stern's radio show either). He was also Rayman in a short-lived CG cartoon based on the video games he came from.

[[NamesTheSame Not to be confused]] with the guy from the video game ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfBayouBilly''. Interestingly, his brother Mike voiced Fox [=McCloud=] in ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' (but not in its [=3DS=] remake).
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!!Tropes in Billy West's work:

* ManOfAThousandVoices: As mentioned above, if you gave this man a script for a half-hour animated show and a microphone, he could do the voices for nearly all the characters. He can even do things to his voice that would require alteration from studio recording equipment (cf. the voice of the pure energy being from the ''Futurama'' episode "Love Labors Lost in Space," which was initially thought to be technical difficulties). He's ''that'' good.
** He even voices an old lady in one episode of WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger. It takes a sharp ear to notice as she sounds like Fry on helium.
** He also (at some point) voiced Comic/{{Popeye}}- whose iconic growl is actually ''two voices speaking at the same time an octave apart,'' as demonstrated by West in a Fresh Air interview.
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