Tom Kenny, voice of SpongeBob SquarePants & other talking animals

         Tom_Kenny_by_Gage_SkidmoreTom Kenny–actor, comedian, musician and voiceover actor extraordinaire, perhaps best known as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants–discusses how, unlike some stand-up comedians, who wander into voiceover or do it as a peripheral activity while pursuing TV/film roles or greater heights in stand-up, he was always passionate about voiceover and animation.
He revisits a conversation on “The Dana Gould Hour” (an ambitiously-produced podcast hosted by the Spongebob-spongebob-squarepants-33210737-2392-2187singular comedian Dana Gould; Kenny serves as the show’s announcer) in which he acknowledged that he didn’t really experience the “buzz” from performing stand-up reported by Gould & other top-notch comics, but did feel that buzz in doing voiceover work. Kenny recounts his first foray into animation as the voice of Heffer Wolfe in “Rocko’s Modern Life,” and the path that led to the pivotal development in his career: becoming the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants (he also voices Gary The Snail, the French narrator based on Jacques Cousteau–and in live-action, he’s Patchy the Pirate). Other talking animals he’s given voice to include Dog in “CatDog” and latter-day Rabbit in “Winnie The Pooh.” Among other shows he’s working  on currently: “Adventure Time,” “Annoying Orange” and the brand new “Henry Hugglemonster.” Kenny also addresses how he approaches the challenges of, in the midst of a busy and successful career, how he juggles delivering multiple voices on multiple shows–yet the need to lock into a certain voice from a certain show quickly, in the studio during the fast-paced recording sessions. (Tom selected today’s animal songs.)   
COMEDY CORNER: Dana Gould’s “Los Angeles, CA”  (

MUSIC: Roddy Jackson’s “Moose On The Loose,” Coy (Hot Shot) Love’s “Wolf Call Boogie,” instrumentals  

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:  “SpongeBob SquarePants Theme”
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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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