A not-widely known fact is that Stephen Colbert uses his soothing tenor for more than being the announcer on his own show – he’s also voiced many late night cartoon characters, as a series regular and guest. Well, “many voices” might be a bit generous – more often than not Colbert graces his cartoon selves with a slight variation on his own normal speaking voice. But what a voice!
Here are some of Stephen’s notable voice roles…
Phil Ken Sebben/Myron Reducto on Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law
Stephen Colbert voiced the witless, chuckling law firm head Phil Ken Sebben, as well as size-obsessed villain-turned-prosecutor Myron Reducto, in Adult Swim’s absurdist take on life-after-Hanna-Barbera for cartoon characters (it turns out that for most ‘toons, that life is a banal day-to-day at a desk job). While Colbert’s voice as Phil was essentially his own (making double entendres, punctuated with a “ha-HA!”), his voicing of Myron Reducto was truly one of the best comically mischievous villains in animation.
Professor Impossible on The Venture Brothers
Another one of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim shows, Stephen voiced a parody of Marvel Comics’ Mr. Fantastic, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. Despite sharing Reed’s big brain, superhuman stretchability, and even taste in costume design, Professor Impossible isn’t quite as fantastic. He’s narcissistic and obtuse to the point of a complete lack of awareness – sound like a character Colbert would play? Colbert hasn’t voiced every appearance of Mr. Incredible, however – series co-creator Christopher McCulloch, and comedian Bill Hader also took a stab at the Impossible voice.
Ace on Saturday Night Live’s Ambiguously Gay Duo
Veteran SNL writer Robert Smigel’s “TV Funhouse” segment included this short of two super heroes, Ace and Gary – The Ambiguously Gay Duo. It sells what it advertises, with Colbert voicing the duo’s leader Ace, and Colbert’s Daily Show co-correspondent Steve Carell voicing Ace’s ward, Gary.
Additionally, Colbert has done guest spots on The Simpsons, American Dad, BoJack Horseman and most recently Rick and Morty. We’re pretty impressed – the Stephen Colbert surprises just keep coming!
Be sure to tune in for tonight’s show, featuring Kevin Spacey, Carol Burnett and Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson, with musical guests Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, airing 11:35 et/pt on Global!