Friday, June 01, 2007

Feast of Saint Mel the Other

Brothers, Sisters, and Transgendered Comedists everywhere,

This week saw the 99th anniversary of the birth of Mel Blanc, the man of a thousand voices. He got his big break working on Jack Benny's radio show where he worked as a myriad of recurring characters. Eventually getting his own radio program, he ultimately, of course, went on to become the voices of many, many of our most beloved animated characters including:

Bugs Bunny
Porky Pig
Barney Rubble
Daffy Duck
Woody Woodpecker
Elmer Fudd
Tweety Bird
Yosemite Sam
Foghorn Leghorn
Pepé Le Pew
Marvin the Martian
Speedy Gonzales
The Tasmanian Devil
Captain Caveman

The one that apparently sounded the most like his real voice was Sylvester the cat,without the spitting, of course. Indeed, Sylvester's famous "now cut that out" was something that Blanc himself said often.

Here's Mel singing "Somebody Stole My Gal"
and Porky Pig singing "Blue Christmas"

We miss you Mel. That's all folks.