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.