"Not sure if this is a generic voicemail message, or I mistakenly dialed Billy West"Put this guy in a room, give him a script and a mic and you can do a complete show with 20+ individual voices.In Futurama 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.
— Futurama Promo
Notable roles of Billy West include
- Stimpy, and Ren in the later seasons, from The Ren & Stimpy Show
- Doug Funnie and Roger Klutz from Doug
- Harvey the Wonder Hamster and the announcer from The Weird Al Show
- Slimer from Extreme Ghostbusters
- Rancid Rabbit and Mr. Sunshine from CatDog
- Phillip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan from Futurama
- Elmer Fudd in The Looney Tunes Show
- Woody Woodpecker, Wally Walrus, Doug Knutts, and Smedley in The New Woody Woodpecker Show
- Bashful from The 7D
- Jimmy Proudwolf in What's New, Scooby-Doo?
- Pidge in Voltron: The Third Dimension
- Mrs. Grimley in As Told by Ginger
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.note 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.