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Talkin' Toons with Mark Hamill and Rob Paulsen (Special Event)

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Talkin' Toons with Mark Hamill and Rob Paulsen
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:00 PM
Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles, CA
  • 18 & over
  • Two item minimum
  • There will be no autographs or photos with Mr. Hamill
  • Special Event
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  • Door Time: 6:00 PM
  • Show Type: Stand Up
  • Showroom: Main Room
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
    Two items minimum
    There will be no autographs or photos with Mr. Hamill
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  • Mark Hamill

    Mark Hamill

    Mark became an international pop-culture icon as Luke Skywalker in George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy. His diverse career as a performer has encompassed television, movies, and Broadway. More recently, he has branched out creatively as a writer, producer, and director. Mark made his Broadway debut in the title role of The Elephant Man. He then played Mozart in the first National Tour of Amadeus. He originated roles in the Broadway productions of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, The Nerd, and Harrigan 'n Hart for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

    He also appeared as the sleazy producer Gordon Miller in Alan Arkin's Off-Broadway revival of Room Service. Hamill's film credits include Star Wars, The Big Red One, The Empire Strikes Back, Brittania Hospital, Hamilton, Return of the Jedi, Slipstream, Village of the Damned, Walking Across Egypt, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Sushi Girl, and Comic Book: The Movie (which he directed, co-wrote, and produced). This Miramax Production was nominated for five DVD Exclusive Awards including Best Actor and Best Director for Hamill, and won Best Feature Film.

    A prolific voice-over actor, he has performed in hundreds of cartoons and animated feature films include: Joseph: Prince of Dreams, Wizards, Balto III, Batman: Mask of Phantasm, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. He also was the voice of the Joker in the video game "Arkham Asylum" and the sequel, "Arkham City” for which he received a BAFTA Award. Mark is an avid comic book collector, historian, and writer. His years as the voice of the Joker remains a fan favorite, as are his two appearances as the villain The Trickster on The Flash television series. He created his own comic book anti-hero, The Black Pearl, for Dark Horse Comics, which he co-wrote as a five-issue mini-series. The film adaptation, which he co-wrote, will be done as a movie in the near future. This will be Hamill's second feature as a director.

  • Rob Paulsen

    Rob Paulsen

The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!

About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.

Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.

“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”

Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.

Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.

As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.


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