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Snippet of Nickelodeon Animation Podcast: Billy West

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Billy West—the voice of Phillip Fry in Futurama—as well as President Nixon, Dr. Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Branigan, President Nixon, and other characters like Doug Funny from Ron & Stimpy, explains the inspiration behind President Nixon's howl.
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Billy West—the voice of Phillip Fry in Futurama—as well as President Nixon, Dr. Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Branigan, President Nixon, and other characters like Doug Funny in Ron & Stimpy, explains the inspiration behind President Nixon's howl. According to West, he first had the idea when he watched Richard Nixon give a speech while growing stubble.
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I would never do a thing like that. You know what the thing was? I didn't give a damn how Nixon sounded. Yeah, because I can do perfect impressions of people and all that. But what good is that? It's like and it might sound. You know, uh, here's Donald Trump at the seaside, picking up seashells without a bathing suit on it might go something like this. Yeah, I hate that. I can feel the oxygen leaving the room when somebody does that junk. So, um, I just you boil it down to its essence. Yes. Even if it's a noise. Yes. And there's your hook. There it is. And I'll tell you the real story where I got that werewolf stuff from. Yeah, I was. There's a story behind that. Yeah, there's a story behind everything. Um, I was about Jesus. I don't know about 14. Maybe. And, you know, I wasn't even that I was more like 10. That's what it was. And my mom and I were watching TV, and it was Nixon versus John F. Kennedy. And John F. Kennedy had that ultra bright smile. You know any of that buttered toast hair and he looked like a game show host and they shot him in soft focus. Yes, And then the cameramen were instructed to do heavy close ups of Nixon where you could even see the little whiskers growing out of pores. You know, practically like every ugly detail, every wart. And And he was sweating, you know, and his beard was coming in as he spoke. You can see it getting darker. And I said to my mom, Mom, he's gonna turn into a werewolf and and I was waiting for this. And that's why I would like to serve this country as, uh, you're next CEO or whatever, he said. And then I thought, you know, like whatever you hear behind the store, keep it locked for your own sakes. Uh, if I could ask you, what would a final piece of advice be for young people? Uh, that might be interested or are even struggling in the field of voice over work? What would you piece of advice be? Well, I meet thousands of people. I bet it's become such a thing. It's suddenly now the coolest job in the world for people of all ages, and it's like no one gave a fat frogs rear end. You know about that junk? And I was in school. There were no signpost. There were no teachers. Yep, it was nothing. And all I had going for me was my passion and my let's see my enthusiasm, my excitement. Yeah. Um, you have to be armed with those two things. Passion and excitement and determination, All the little Touchstone type things. Sure it counts. Because if you're going to be any kind of performer, you're going out into a world where your business is, um, 95% unemployment. Yeah, your job is looking for work. That's your job. That's your job. And I got to go look for work, you know, and, uh, it's called out there alone. You gotta be willing to stand there with everything you've got and feel some confidence. Yeah, to to feel fearless, yes. And that it's not gonna kill you. Whatever happens today is not going to destroy your soul or your psyche or anything. Rejection is a thing that you have to deal with, not just there but everywhere. Yeah, absolutely. And it's so easy to take stuff personally, you know, to come out of there and with the purest of thoughts and go. I did my absolute best. Yeah, I did. I How could they not? You're great. No, no, no. You're No, no, no, no, no, no. You're fantastic. You're so great, Billy, You're great. And I was role playing. Okay, right. It's good you bought that. I did. Mhm. Mm. Well, we love you, Billy. Thanks so much for coming in. We really appreciate it. Thank you. Happy, Happy Joy, Joy. We'll shut up, You fool you. My name is Doug funny, and I'm a painfully average 11.5 year old. And this is my dog, pork chop. And you already heard Roger. We're going to hear it again because I'm not going away. Funny, I don't care if you went to another network. I followed you. And this is a Brannigan, master of time, space and everything else in between. And, Kif, alert the men. I've made it with a woman neck young lady. Bring me a sandwich from the dumpster and leave the maggots on it. Good news, everyone. I don't want to live on this planet anymore. All right, keep it down, Billy. In the corner. your mom's here to pick you up. You have to go now. You have to leave this quite fascinating. How do you know? What the word fascinating.
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