A Tribute to Billy West, Even Though He’s Not Dead

For some reason or another, I was thinking about the talents of the amazing voice-actor Billy West today.  He’s done a ton of stuff.  A lot of us grew up listening to Billy talk and had no idea.  A lot of us are adults hearing Billy talk and we STILL don’t know it.  The guy’s amazing, but he’s not a household name for some reason.  I leafed through his IMDB page, and jotted down the stuff I’ve seen/heard him in (mostly cartoons).  Here’s the list.  I limited it to ONLY the stuff I’ve seen and I even removed a few because I wasn’t sure if I’d seen his particular episode(s)…but check this out.  I’ll note where he’s had a starring/recurring role…

Stuff I’ve seen Billy West in:

  • Futurama — Philip J. Fry / Dr. Zoidberg / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth
  • Various Looney Tunes Projects and movies — Elmer Fudd / Porky Pig / Bugs Bunny
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold — Skeets
  • Scooby-Doo (Newer series/movies) — Shaggy / Various
  • The New Woody Woodpecker Show — Woody Woodpecker (since 1999)
  • Drawn Together — Various, including Popeye and Stimpy
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy — Most notably, the announcer
  • The Boondocks — Minor roles
  • Duck Dodgers —  Various, with most characters being a Fudd variant
  • Justice League/Justice League Unlimited — Skeets / Various
  • Invader ZIM — Invader Zim
  • Ren & Stimpy — Stipmy and Later Ren, too.  (Please note that he was not involved in John K.’s TERRIBLE revival on SpikeTV a few years ago.)
  • Samurai Jack — Various
  • Hey Arnold! — Various
  • Crank Yankers — Confucious (And yes, I am embarrassed that I watched a few episodes of that!)
  • Andy Richter Controls the Universe — P.A. Voice Over
  • Dharma & Greg — Various
  • The Oblongs — Various
  • Johnny Bravo — Various
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law — Dr. Zin / Various
  • The Powerpuff Girls — Captain Righteous
  • CatDog — Various
  • Superman (Animated TV series) — Lexie #2
  • King of the Hill — Various
  • Dilbert — Most notably “Marketing Guy”
  • Family Guy — Various
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch — A couple of characters back when it was still good
  • Pinky and the Brain — Various
  • The Wacky World of Tex Avery — Various, including Tex Avery
  • Doug — Douglas ‘Doug’ Yancy Funnie / Roger M. Klotz
  • The Howard Stern Show — Various (in the 90s)
  • Beany and Cecil — Cecil  (in the 80s)

…right?  And I’m lumping all of the episodes of Futurama, Woody Woodpecker, Beanie & Cecil, Ren & Stimpy, etc, etc together!  That’s not even HALF of his IMDB page.  If you’ve watched a cartoon in the past couple of decades, there’s a good chance Billy West was involved for at least a little while.  (And if he wasn’t, one of the other voices on Futurama probably was.  One of them was goddamn Jabberjaw!)

So, yeah…thanks for like 30 years of awesome, Billy West.  Looking forward to many, many more!

…and also Frank Welker.

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Other than that, the only thing I can think of to mention is that I’ve been fighting a headache for a few days that was so bad it messed up my stomach on Monday.  Hoping to be 100% in time for the U2 concert this weekend.  I should be…I feel MUCH better than I did on Monday.

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Current Reading — Been catching up on some comic books.  Here’s the short list of stuff I’ve been enjoying this week:

  • Locke & Key (AMAZING!!!)
  • Flashpoint
  • Fear Itself
  • The Unwritten
  • X-Men: Schism
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