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Original RAE Lineup
A band of animals, the Rock-afire Explosion also features a ventriloquist act in Rolfe and Earl, as well as main character Billy Bob and his sidekick Looney Bird, and backup singers in the form of The Sun
and The Moon
Billy Bob Brockali
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1980-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)
The mascot and face of Showbiz Pizza, Billy Bob is a naive brown bear from Tennessee wearing yellow and red overalls, he would play bass and stands on Stage Left.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: While by no means ugly, Billy Bob was significantly slimmed down for The New Rock-afire Explosion.
- Beary Friendly: Hes a friendly bear.
- Berserk Button: Playing the radio while Billy Bob's trying to sing.
- Big Fun: Is a big bear, and is fun at the same time.
- Hayseed Name: "Billy Bob".
- The Heart: Is often the one acting as a peacekeeper for conflicts on Center Stage and Stage Right.
- The Leader: Billy Bob is the main character and often meditates their struggles.
- Nice Guy: You'd be hard-pressed to find a sweeter soul.
- Iconic Outfit: His yellow and red overalls.
- Simpleton Voice: Billy Bob has a country-like voice.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice started out as a thick country accent with somewhat broken English. From about 1986 on, his country accent was downplayed.
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1980-present) , unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)
Billy Bob's closest friend, Looney Bird hangs out in the oil drum beside Billy Bob and pops his head out. He is a talented inventor and would work on things inside of his barrel (which seemed to be much larger on the inside
), and would also read fanmail.
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1980-present), Joe Conti (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987, 1990)
A wolf who, along with his puppet sidekick Earl, hosted several comedy segments in between songs on stage right. He is arrogant, has a big ego, and often gets into fights with band member Fatz Geronimo.
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1980-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987, 1990)
A seemingly sentient ventriloquist dummy who is literally attached to Rolfe and is constantly berating him for it.
- Anti-Role Model: He's the only character in the band that blatantly alludes to sex and drugs.
- The Bully: All of his insults are directed towards Rolfe and hardly anyone else. Not that Rolfe doesn't deserve it, mind you.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His first name is occasionally spelled as Earle, usually by unofficial sources. The final Rock-afire showtape for ShowBiz, The Rolfe & Earle Show, uses this spelling.
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1977-1982), Rick Bailey (1982-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)
A laid-back surfer polar bear who sits on-top of a surfboard and is the lead guitarist.
Hey, we got a birthday in the house!
Voiced by: Burt "Sal" Wilson (1980-2007), Aaron Fechter (2007-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)
The keyboardist and unofficial front man. Fatz dominates the stage with his presence directly in the center and his bombastic voice.
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1980-1982), Monique Danielle (1982), Shalisa James (née Sloan, 1982-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)
A teenage cheerleader mouse who is the female vocalist.
- Character Aged with the Actor: When Shalisa Sloan became the voice of Mitzi, the character began aging. Her official birthday is at midnight on New Year's Eve, with the New Year's Eve 1988 showtape partially being about her imminent 18th birthday.
- The Cheerleader: She is a cheerleader, but is actually a nice person.
- Girlish Pigtails: Wears these.
- Girly Girl: Is obsessed with boyfriends, gossip, and (appropriately for the time), Michael Jackson; she also talks about getting a car in the Christmas 1986 showtape.
- Nice Mice: Mitzi is a mouse, and is naïve and innocent.
- Pom-Pom Girl: Being a cheerleader, Mitzi carries pom-poms in her hands.
- Rodents of Unusual Size: Mitzi is a mouse, and is about the size of a human.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Naturally.
- The Smurfette Principle: Is the band's sole female member.
- Tagalong Kid: She's the youngest member of the cast, and frequently gets ridiculed for it.
- Vocal Evolution: Originally, Mitzi had a shrill, high-pitched voice provided by Aaron Fechter. Beginning in 1982, Shalisa Sloan (who was 11 at the time of casting) gave Mitzi a more natural, realistic voice.
Voiced by: Duke Chauppetta (1980-mid 1990s, 2016), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)
A dog who wears a spacesuit and serves as the band's drummer.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Say what you will about his general intelligence, his singing voice is gorgeous.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He somehow manages to be even dumber than Rolfe.
- Nice Hat: Wears one as part of his space-themed getup.
"This is Uncle Klunk, your voice of the pizza..."
An eccentric talk show host who appeared in about 30 ShowBiz Pizza Place locations in the 1980s.
Voiced by: Jeff Howell (1983), unknown voice actor (1983), Shawn Fernandez (1985)
An alien retrofit of the Rock-afire.
Voiced by: Rick Bailey
The laser guitarist.