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Under the Dome
May 20 2011, 11:31 AM by KarenWilkinson
With the season finale of Bob's
Burgers airing this Sunday, we got the voice of the youngest
daughter Louise to chat about her work on the animated show.
What is your favorite aspect of working on the show as
the voice on Louise?
I think it's getting to yell a lot and being encouraged to
continue yelling. That's unusual for a job so that's one of my
favourite aspects. And also getting to work with my friends and
peers that I've sort of come up with through the common scenes over
the last 10 years and getting to meet new friends. It's just the
yelling and the being social.
How did you get involved with Bob's
Well, I kind of lucked out. Loren Bouchard was creating it and he
was working with - he always works with Jon Benjamin and Eugene
Mirman and this woman named Holly Schlesinger and they happen to be
friends of mine as well. And so, Holly suggested that he come to
this, like, hole-in-the-wall bar that we started turning into a
comedy room on the lower east side, like three years ago or four
years ago. And Loren came down and saw me before and then he wrote
a character for me.
What's it like working with Jon Benjamin, because it
seems like he's been in every major animated series over the last
Well, you know, he's the master. So I just stay very quiet
when I'm around him and I just observe. Sometimes I won't
even say my lines because I'm still just absorbing how he performs
his. And also, he doesn't really like it when people talk to
him or look him in the eyes.
Do you all record as a group or do you record your
We record as a group. So, it just gives me one really long day and
we're all in a circle, like circling wagons. Yes, so that's why it
is such a pleasure to actually get to meet the people in the
One of the tasks and often pleasures of being a
performer is undergoing hair and makeup. And since you're
doing voice work on Bob's Burgers, do you miss this and if so, how
do you go about getting your fix?
Well, I come in full hair and makeup. I just pay for it, just
$400 every recording session. No, I don't miss it at all. I love
having hair and makeup done. But, I still try to spruce up a little
bit just because even though nobody can see you, there is something
about looking professional that will help, at least helps me
perform better. So I will put some mascara on. If anyone swings by
the recording studio and wonders what that vision is behind the
glass, it's me with some mascara and gloss. Then I also try to find
an outfit, usually a dress that has pockets in it just to sort of
jam my hands in the pockets instead of like flailing them around
because you can make lots of noise if you fidget. That's my
What does voice work give you as a comedic actor since
you can't convey any facial expressions or anything like
I still make a ton of faces, because whatever face you make,
actually, you can kind of hear it in the inflections. So, I'm
constantly making faces. Yes, it is limiting. You're right, in
telling jokes, still it's in animating, and they get to make the
face. But it's a collaborative effort.
Was there one thing in particular that really convinced
you to do Bob's Burgers?
I wasn't sure if the show was real or not for a while because there
was lots of workshop spots to test it out. So when it did get
picked up, I was really surprised. And then as Louise started
developing overtime, I started to just love her more and more and
definitely became - there was a real feeling of nervousness about
whether or not we were going to get picked up. I know there's no
control in show business. There's nothing you can do about
it. But I was like, "Oh, I really hope I get to play her at
least for a little bit longer because she's so much fun."
How much have you able to pitch your own
Oh, a lot. Like, not with the ideas of what the show's going to be,
that's all the writers' genius. But I do get to look at the
dialogue in the way that Louise reacts to what's going on and
stuff. I'm allowed to improvise also, here and there. I don't want
to take too much away from the writers though because they do write
lots of incredibly funny jokes in the dialogues. But I also
get the freedom of piping up as well.
So in your opinion what would you say is the formula for
a good comedy?
Tragedy and time and yelling.
The finale of Bob's
Burgers airs Sunday at 8.30 et/pt.