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Talkin Toons With Rob Paulsen
Talkin' Toons with Rob Paulsen
voice actor and singer
, talks about cartoons. For about an hour (give or take 30 minutes), Paulsen will speak about his experiences as a voice actor throughout the years and field questions and other comments from fans and those interested in becoming a voice actor themselves. Often times, Paulsen will also have a guest to join the show including creators and writers for cartoons, impressionists, musicians, comedians, voice directors and other actors and voice actors.
Talkin' Toons is part of the Tech Jives Network for the podcast and as of February 27, 2013 the show is a videocast on
. Also beginning with the videocast era episodes, Rob and his guest(s) are accompanied by Abi Collins who serves as the show's moderator. From June until October of 2013, the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, where all the previous Live Specials took place served as the setting for the podcast. Currently, Talkin' Toons takes place at The Improv comedy club in LA every other Tuesday.
Guests by year:
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Brian T. Stevenson Julie and Steve Bernstein April Winchell Dee Bradley Baker Grey DeLisle Jeff Bennett Tara Strong Kevin Michael Richardson Phil LaMarr Jennifer Hale Nolan North Mark Hamill Peter Hastings Debi Derryberry Bill Farmer Laraine Newman Maurice LaMarche (Live Special for ) Pinky and the Brain Candi Milo John DiMaggio Carlos Alazraqui Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt Cree Summer Randy Rogel (Live Special featuring music from and Animaniacs ) Histeria! Steve Blum Jason Marsden June Foray (Live Special Tribute to the career of June Foray) Cam Clarke, Barry Gordon, Townsend Coleman, Peter Renaday, Renae Jacobs and Susan Blu (Live Special for ) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Charlie Adler Nancy Cartwright Ciro Nieli Fred Stoller Fred Tatasciore Charlotte Fullerton Paul Rugg Dane Boedigheimer, Kevin Brueck, Tom Sheppard and Tom Kenny (Live Special for ) The Annoying Orange Kari Wahlgren Pamela Adlon Pat Fraley David Kaye Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings, Grey DeLisle, Jess Harnell, Tom Kenny, Tara Strong, Kari Wahlgren and Billy West (Live Special, Voices for the Shore) Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Mae Whitman, Kevin Michael Richardson, Ciro Nieli and Jason Biggs via Skype (Live Special for ) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
Fred Tatasciore (Live Special, Asockalypse Now) Ginny McSwain Pat Musick and Mae Whitman Bob Joles Corey Burton Billy West Richard Steven Horvitz Daran Norris Gregg Berger Vanessa Ragland, Matt Taylor and Abi Collins (as both the moderator and guest) Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche and Randy Rogel (Live Special for ) Animaniacs Joe Moses and Joey Richter of Team StarKid Lara Jill Miller Maurice LaMarche (Live Special for ) Pinky and the Brain Bob Bergen Charlie Adler and David Feiss (Live Special for ) Cow and Chicken Randy Rogel (Live Special, Live From The Water Tower) Dave Coulier Butch Hartman, Tara Strong, Daran Norris, Susan Blakeslee, Grey DeLisle, Carlos Alazraqui, Eric Bauza, Matt Taylor, Ray DeLaurentis and Will Schifrin (Live Special for ) The Fairly OddParents Dee Bradley Baker Clancy Brown John DiMaggio Tom Kane Tom Kenny James Arnold Taylor Bill Farmer Jim Meskimen Debi Derryberry, Mark DeCarlo, Jeff Garcia, Carolyn Lawrence, Candi Milo, Bob Joles and Fred Tatasciore (Live Special for and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius ) Planet Sheen Grey DeLisle Josh Robert Thompson Chris Hardwick Billy West and Maurice LaMarche Sean Astin and Nolan North (also known as the show with three Raphaels) Tress MacNeille and Laraine Newman Jeff Bennett and Eric Bauza
Talkin' Toons provides examples of the following tropes: Beware the Nice Ones: In the podcast with Jim Cummings, PJ threatens patricide. Yes, PJ. Both Jim and Pete remain perfectly calm. that Blatant Lies: Carl insists that he is the star of most times he appears. Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius Catchphrase: There are several of them. The most prominent is the one he closes the show with, "Laughter is the best medicine and the cool thing is, you can't OD and the refills are free." "I'm getting paid to do what got me in trouble in the 7th grade." "Amway, they don't just make soap anymore." "That's way above my paygrade." "This is great/fantastic!!" "Shut Up!" (after a guest tells a great story) "What a great story!" (after something frustrating or negative said about voice acting or Hollywood) " What? And give up show business?". The title of his upcoming book: "Dude, your childhood is a middle-aged white guy!". Referring in conversations to deceased celebrities as " taking a dirt nap". Corpsing: Rob and the guests end up laughing a lot in the podcast when they're doing in-character improv, and it's Discussed as happening quite frequently in early takes of their work. Some questions have even been sent in to the effect of, "How often does it happen that you have to redo a take because you're all too busy laughing?" Family Business: The entertainment industry for Rob and his son Ash, who works for Shifty Look and several of the guests and their family. Guest Host: Carl Wheezer, Pinky and Yakko have each "filled in" for Rob once. It's Pronounced Tro-PAY : Rob often pronounces Steve Blum's last name as "Bluhm" instead of "Bloom" and has to correct himself. He also caught some flak for accidentally pronouncing Aang's name as " Ong". Man of a Thousand Voices: Rob and almost all of his guests count as this. None of them are afraid to flex their acting muscles, using several of their characters in the middle of a podcast. Once an Episode: Expect, in many cases, the subject of Rob's work with/friendship to Jonathan Harris to be brought up. Paulsen will usually follow it up with a story about the time Harris complained about being asked to play a talking milk carton. Running Gag: Often times the guests as one of their characters will stand in for The Brain, asking Pinky " Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?" To which Pinky responds with a non-sequitur such as "Well, I think so, ( character Pinky's talking to), but if they called them Sad Meals, kids wouldn't buy them." When a story Rob's telling involves too many famous people, he'll say that he really needs to stop name dropping; " Bobby DeNiro told me that". Self-Deprecation: Rob often calls himself Shecky of Arimathea, official entertainer at The Last Supper. Shout-Out: Fans often ask Rob and the guests to do a voice or line from a show they did. Sir Swears-a-Lot: Rob himself is a mild case, but also Pamela Adlon, Charlie Adler, Mae Whitman, April Winchell, John DiMaggio and Chris Hardwick. The Talk Show with Host Name: Show's title.