Here’re Pinky and The Brain as you’ve never heard them before:
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No, this isn’t a belated April Fool’s joke. This past weekend, supernerd Chris Hardwick hosted one of the best Nerdist podcasts ever because his guests were legendary voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice Lamarche–whom many of you will surely recognize from your childhood as Pinky and The Brain.
Between them, Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche have lent their voice talents and personalities to hundreds of different animated characters in movies, video games, commercials and TV shows, including Animaniacs (no shit), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, Justice League, and Futurama just to name a few. Chances are you’re already very familiar with both of their voices, even if you don’t know who they are by name.
Rob and Maurice are absolutely hysterical together in the podcast, and they play off each other so well. The impressions, jokes and improvs come at you like rapid fire. I found myself rewinding (is it still proper to say “rewinding”?) the audio just to keep up and catch all the funny shit they said.
And because this is a podcast on the interwebz and not an actual kid’s show, Rob and Maurice are free to violate your favorite cartoon characters with profanity, sex jokes, and bathroom humor which they gleefully deliver.
Here are some of my other favorite bits:
- Learning that Jessica Simpson is ready to “front poop” a baby out.
- Paulsen joking about masturbating while voicing Raphael on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Really.)
- Harwick puts Paulsen on the spot and asks if he can still remember the Nations of the World song from Animaniacs. Not only does Paulsen remember it, he SINGS THE ENTIRE FUCKING THING in character as Yakko.
- LaMarche doing Inspector Gadget.
- Paulsen’s Mel Brooks story about how Mel Brooks is kind of a dick.
- LaMarche talking about “fucking people’s brains” with comedy.
Listen to this goddamn podcast already.
Seriously, there is SO MUCH WIN in this podcast. Click here to listen to the whole thing. It’s kinda long, but I promise it’ll be one of the most fun times you ever have listening to a podcast! Your twelve year old self will thank you.