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295/365 – Bender & Fry
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295/365 – Bender & Fry

Before I met Megan . . . Before I decided I wanted to make films . . . Before I thought I could be an actor . . . before drinking and girls and sex and puberty there was a little dream — NO!  Not a wet dream.  Gross, readers.  I expect more from you.  All my dreams are dry . . . very very dry.

So so dry . . . Just the driest dreams ever.

Now, back to my regular dreams.  See, when I was a kid, I worshipped anything animated.  I dreamed of being animator, working on the Warner Brothers,  creating my own cartoons . . . My how the mighty have fallen.

Looney Tunes, Merry Melodies, Liquid Television, Ren and Stimpy (especially Ren and Stimpy) were like food staples to me.  I could spend hours watching early Bugs Bunny cartoons or modern serials like Aeon Flux.  I used to buy animation books, drawing pencils, modeling clay — all the way up to my sophomore year in College.

"Dude, where's Timmy?!"  "He's playing with his clay -- that's not a euphemism."

Then, I just . . . stopped.  It was like my engine just burned out when I chose one art form over another.  One of my best friends, Joel Frenzer, was probably my greatest inspiration to become a visual artist . . . but I don’t think I could have ever have been as good of a drawer as he was.  So I dumped it for performing and writing.

It’s been awhile since I felt that way about animation.  It’s like when you would discover a new song when you were 13.  You would go to the store and buy the CD, but then find an earlier album and — BOOM! — You’ve discovered some hidden treasure.  The last time I really felt that connected to animation was when the original Futurama debuted on Fox in 1999.  I still believe it is the smartest show on TV and better written than any live action sitcom in production today.  Espcially it’s nerd rival, The Big Bang Theory –the jokes on that show are like tiny poop farts compared to the explosive genius of Futurama.

I’d put a joke here, but then the next thing I know, I’m getting a call from CBS to help amp up the show. No sir.

Well, A few weeks back, I decided I should really start listening to the Nerdist podcast, seeing that one of my bosses shows is featured on the Nerdist channel.  The podcast is hosted by Nerdist Industries owner and comedian Chris Hardwick.  He brings on celebrities and names that ring a bell for many nerds and geeks.  I decided to pop one in during a morning run and I practically killed myself laughing.  NOTE: laughing and running may build up your cardio but at a harsh and debilitating rate.

Guys! Stop listening to Louie CK. You have the Olympics to do.

This podcast was the funniest thing I had ever heard, AND, it featured two gentlemen who just happen to be the voices of my two favorite animated charaters, Fry and Bender from Futurama: BIlly West and John Dimaggio.  Listening to them play off each other on a medium perfect for voive acting was a thrill.  I played it today for Megan as I drove her to a rehaersal and she loved it.  IT totally reminded me of being 12 again — remindeing me why certian animated programs are so magival.  I HIGHLY RECOOMEND THAT ALL MY READERS (all 3 of you) LISTEN TO TIS PODCAST: The Nerdist Episode 226: Billy West & John Dimaggio

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