Comedian and Best Show on WFMU host Tom Scharpling has broken into voice acting. He's playing a regular character on the new Cartoon Network Steven Universe, which premiered on Monday. The show follows a young boy working with a team of intergalactic female warriors to protect the universe, and Scharpling voices his dad, Greg Universe, a heavyset balding man with long hair in the back. Scharpling's character shows up in the back half of the first episode, which you can check out here.
Scharpling previously voiced a character on an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, but this is his first regular job on an animated show. After [...]
Sean Fennessey wrote a long profile of Adult Swim on its 10th anniversary for the LA Times, examining how it made a name for itself with "stoner comedy" and it's new live-action absurdity. Adult Swim has definitely become a cornerstone of the new cable comedy renaissance, along with newer efforts by networks such as IFC and FX. Here's a taste: "'They don't seem to care about advertisers or audience,' says Corddry, a former Daily Show correspondent who created the mock-medical dramedy Childrens Hospital. 'They just guide us to be more creative. They've never said, "You can't do that." They've never given us negative notes. It's always positive or nudges [...]