Friday, May 26, 2017

WTC George Willig Twin Towers Climb 40th Anniversary

Well, here's another 'how is it possbile' that the years have passed so fast since a milestone, anniversary or blessed event. Moving towards Geezer-hood, it's becoming all too familiar. And in the case of really tall buildings being scaled, as of this year, it'll be 40 years since George Willig scaled the south tower of the World Trade Center 'Twin Towers' on May 26th, 1977.

At 6:29 AM that day, George started up the northeast corner of the south tower. Three and a half hours later, after signing a few autographs for ascending policemen in a window-washing gondola he had reached the top. As he gestured and waved towards the crowds below, George was arrested by Port Authority police. George was initially slapped with a $250,000.00 fine...later reduced to $1.10. One penny for every story he climbed.

He had been planning the climb for more than a year, and had designed and manufactured unique window washing channel clamping devices that operated much like brake shoes. He also devised a special harness that would allow all four limbs to work independently to step into, release and hoist his way up the south tower.

George, at the time of the climb, had just moved to an apartment in Queens, where he later asked me to take it over when he moved to California. I had done an interview with George shortly after the climb and found we had some common interests and we became friends. With a little experience at talent agenting, I started getting George some TV appearances on Letterman...the ABC Network SuperStar Show.


As the years passed, my friend Bob Brown, the AD on the interview and I put together a timeline video containing still shots against the interviews audio track. 
WTC UnClimbable is the result. We ran it on the 35th year anniversary on Youtube. 
This year, we slapped on '40 Year Anniversary' of George's climbing inventiveness and balls-of-steel that gripped NY and the rest of the World for (3 1/2) hours of heroic history.

George paid a visit to TC & Company's studio September 11, 2014. That's more he picked up the lunch tab over at Trattoria Lucia. We caught up on old & new times. Showed him his platform bed we've kept in our garage rafters if he wanted to make use of it again. George is seen here against a video inset of himself in 1977 on Top-of-the-World, while visiting from California.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

We Dream Lebanon 'promo' Roll-Out with Tom Clifford

It was a pleasure to be cast as the international spokesperson for this years tribute to Lebanon, entitled; We Dream Lebanon. Billed as the Biggest Multimedia Show ever produced in Lebanon. Done a lot of these biggest and bestest promos, but this is by far gonna be the Mother-of-all-Shindigs!

We're T-a-l-k-i-n...

My friends over at Plan-A Advertising in Beirut, Lebanon in association with Beirut Events put together the creative imaging for the promo with an August opening. They wanted a movie trailer type of read to go along with a sound track that would build from slow drama to a high energy pace.

As usual, we did the voice recoding as a Skype session 5,600 miles apart - giving direction, doing playback of the voice & music tracks with all the clarity of being next door. Of course, with that many miles between us, so was the time difference of being seven hours ahead from New York. Always willing to work within the windows of normalcy...even if it seems a tad abi-normal at 5:00 AM! Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Here's the link to play the preliminary promo: We Dream Lebanon


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tribute to Don Rickles...Celebrity DeathMatch style

MTV's Celebrity DeathMatch series was a staple for wild & wacky fun between 1998 to 2007. It was a late night venture that featured a novel animated approch with it's 'Claymation' animated figures. In a mock-like Madison Square Garden boxing ring arena, filled with blood thirsty spectators, they'd pit celebrities duking it out (to-the-death) with two play-by-play claymation announcers... AND a recurring claymation referee complete with the actual voice of Mills Lane (the famous World-Boxing referee). Here's the IMDb link to the series page: IMDb Celebrity DeathMatch Page

Between two agents, I was racking up some nice credits on the show voicing the likes of Charlton Heston, Nick Nolte, Chris Tucker, Sammo Hong, Teddy Roosevelt, Emeril Lagasse and Rodney Dangerfield who was pitted against a feisty Don Rickles! Sorry-to-say that Rodney got the drop on Rickles after he exhausted himself with a tirade of one liners!

I was a big fan of Mr Rickles for many years. When I turned the script to the last few pages to find out that I (Rodney) won the match, I was genuinely bummed. But, Rodney was still pissed about Don running out on the check at a Friar's Club luncheon some years back. The last scene had pieces of Don Rickles on a BBQ spit to signify he was thoroughly roasted...a bit overdone for the man also know as - Mr. Warmth!

Here are some links to various websites and Google Search that have fan clubs and episode info on Celebrity DeathMatch:

Google MTV DeathMatch page 

Here's the episode in small box version:


Friday, February 3, 2017

Word's out about Tommy 'C' over at Futurama-App's

Had a nice surprise during the week with a telephone call from 'Casting' over at Futurama.
They gave me a shot at layin down some lines of BENDER for their mobile app. Talk about being on-call all the time...and being able to produce

Well, it was quite a bit after hours when the call came on Wed. You know, the middle of the week and all. Mighta had a therapeutical cocktail or two in line with Mid-Week 'Bender-ing'. So, I was primed and ready-to-go in character, as it were. 

I was included with some mighty fine actors and the pay-off was generous. The call was for 'Dead-On' and due ASAP. Files went back & forth. A request for another batch was recorded. Even threw in a safety. We'll have to let the files speak for themselves and see what develops. Film at 11:00.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

TC goes IMDb full Throttle

It's time for an IMDb update to the P-A-S-T...and Present

With the SEO garnered from IMDb's social presence these days, their site is reason enough to treat membership with the respect it deserves. With a 30% discount to members of SAG/AFTRA, there's no better time to put together a Credits List on IMDb. Am looking forward to posting some Family Guy credits soon to follow.

I've always been a hoarder of stuff, especially when it came to "the work".
It's a new year and it's high-time to put the 'work' in some sort of order. Man, and it's a job!
I mean, yes I have the stuff needed...but, to be able to put my hands on it and have it act as an archive document...Geez, I wasn't so sure. Half the battle is finding the doc's and then trying to make sense of it to be used as proof. Sometimes, it's not just a matter of having a copy of the script or even a video copy of a show with actor credits at the end. Actual script numbers and air dates are essentials. So, I had to dig in certain instances. Also, IMDb's 'help' section can be a bit of a learning curve. But, there are people on the other side of an 'auto response' email where I received one-on-one assistance.

So, between getting work and finding the 'work', I have finally gotten my soap opera credits (almost all) listed on that section of IMDb. I had played many characters that you don't see, just hear on the ABC DayTime show "Loving" in the 1990's. And had a recurring role as:

'Sturgeon' the doorman (heard, not seen). Did about 20 episodes...including, Motel operator, Jack's voice, taxi dispatcher, car radio announcer and grunting as King Kong! BTW, this was the only comic relief character on DayTime soap opera-dum at the time! IMDb only listed "Jack's voice" so far, but the links there to get the complete list.

When I can get my head above water from my incessant (he he) work-load, will take a stab at getting the credits for NBC Sunday Today's (Political Cartoons) posted. They include
imitation voicing to the likes of: Oliphant, Peters, Zepp, Wright, Marlette, Auth and Gahan Wilson to name a few.

Then, it's on to getting the -
MTV's Celebrity Death Matches
listed. Here's 'The Donald' I did
against Don King.


Monday, December 26, 2016

As the year comes to a close...what have we learned, earned...and never Burned

As the year is coming to an end...
you look back and try to digest, celebrate...even project maybe.

It was a good year even though there was a bit of compromise and learning curve with the flipping of those 'you-gotta-be-kiddin-me' situations into positive opportunities. Doing a Spock mind-meld sorta helped with the reversal. 'Please sir or madame, may I have another' is the anthem. In other words, even tho you might feel you've given away the store already, offer m-o-r-e and see what develops. People pay a lot of money for our service. Product, to some can be measured as a mere mp3 intangible. A willingness to give more without lessening your 'value' puts you into a new frame of mind and can have a cathartic effect. It also avoids any semblance of bridge burning! You've done everything you could possibly do...and then some. I felt better for not having the "dwell" factor. And sometimes you get the real skinny if there was a situation in the first place. Life must be bright and bubbling with cham-pag-nee, don't you think? (Love Affair's, Irene Dunne thinks so anyway).

So, from now on, I'm trying to be more perceptive to any question of what's expected or if there's something a bit off kilter. Then, effort to put it back on the table and make clear. All-in-all, it was a respectable year...for a multi or inter-disciplinarian (phrase-of-the-year).

Got a national voice-over gig with Axial RC Yeti Trophy Truck vehicles airing on CBS Sports Network... which was a flip from almost nothing to full union scale. Axial, is a stand-up company and towers over their 1/10th sized vehicles with Full-Sized integrity.

Did more VoIP programs than ever and had the good fortune of producing a few with the FaBo- September Day Carter...

Continued regional & local spots for the haunt industry ala The Scary Voice for the likes of; The Mortuary, in New Orleans, Louisiana and Canobie Lake Park's ScreemFest, in Salem, New Hampshire.

Got a bit of Xtra SEO with the use of a vintage Celebrity Death-Match episode I did of Donald Trump back in the '90's. The Donald went toe-to-toe with CNN's Megyn Kelly after opting out of the latest presidential debate almost a year ago. The Celeb Death episode has The Donald pitted against Don King the fight promoter. My Don was OK with a half-way decent "You're Fired".

Top-it-off with the best for last - With the Family Guy's producer come-a-knockin in August. Did a back-up for a six worded Denis Leary line. Been a little quiet for any residual work and played it cool with the follow-up nagging...tho, might be a good time for a little year-end reach out. 

Take a scroll down and see for yourself the posts and links to all the years work.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Mortuary Scares-Up Shocking Results with Tom Clifford for their 10th Anniversary

That time of year again for the Scary-Voice. This time, it's down southern way for The Mortuary. Where they again have put that signature Scary-Voice to good use for their 10th year Anniversary and Coca~Cola's Fanta tie-in campaign.

The Mortuary Haunted Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana has been the fright venue for many creepy experiences; The Paraplex, Cirque De Fear, Zombie Outbreak, The Mystere Escape Rooms, Se7en Deadly Sins and is by far one-of-the-most thrill packed haunt venues in the country. Now, they're pullin out all the stops with their 10th year anniversary Tv campaign. Taken all in good fun, there's lots of room to go over the top to the point of the ridiculous...and audiences sometimes don't know whether to s-c-r-e-a-m or laugh their heads off. But, watch out...or it could catch you off guard!                           Click to Play Spot