Put this guy in a room, give him a script and a mic and you can do a complete show with 20+ individual voices
alone, he is slacker delivery boy Philip J. Fry, Mad Scientist
Professor Hubert Farnsworth, smarmy space captain Zapp Brannigan,note Richard Nixon
(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, 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 Doug
and both title characters of Ren and Stimpy
after John Kricfalusi
(the original voice of Ren) was firednote
. He (along with Joe Alaskey) has become one of few voice actors who can impersonate Mel Blanc
in his prime, including characterizations of Bugs Bunny
, Daffy Duck
, Elmer Fudd
and other characters from the Looney Tunes
. 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 The Howard Stern Show
from 1989-1995. He was also Rayman in a short-lived CG cartoon based on the video games he came from.Not to be confused
with the guy from the video game The Adventures of Bayou Billy
Tropes in Billy West's work:
- Man of a Thousand Voices: 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 As Told by Ginger. It takes a sharp ear to notice as she sounds like Fry on helium.
- He also (at some point) voiced 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.