Billy West

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Quotes (18)

  • Billy: I don't get to watch Futurama, until it's on TV.

  • Billy: (Jokingly.)I've never watched the news in my life.

  • Billy: Robin Williams understands sonic performances. He understands what it's like to change your voice up. He understands what it's like to have theatre of the mind—and with your little strip of vocal cords, you're going to create heavens and hells and universes and populations of people, which is the whole idea that a voice person has in their head. It's like, "Whatever it is, I'll be it."

  • Billy: (On Futurama.) It had more layers than an onion. These writers meant business. There was a level for everybody. Your major could be celestial mechanics, and there'd be celestial-mechanics jokes.

  • Billy: (Talking About Improv And ab-libing On Futurama) After you do what the writers kind of ask you to do, and then they have everything to choose from. And then David Cohen (head writer and executive producer) will say to me, "Do you have any idea what you want to do? Just whatever you feel like." I'll give it a try and sometimes it works and sometimes it just doesn't.

  • Billy: (About Futurama table reads.) They treated it like a sitcom because it was in prime time.

  • Billy: (on the differences between The Simpsons and Futurama) These characters are together all the time but they're not a family; they're distinctive, well-crafted people. There's no kids and a grandfather and this and that, it's just them, and they're relating to each other every single day like that. And on The Simpsons, I think they go outside the box and they have interfaces with a lot more people. Sometimes in Futurama it's a whole... I'm not sure; I know there's differences, like uh... I don't know, what's the word... Like flow, the type of writing.

  • Billy: (on going into audition for Futurama and the writing of the show) They had pieces of dialogue. And once I got into it and got that part of the show, I began to see what he was all about. And I loved the writing; the writing had more layers than an onion.

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Trivia (54)

  • Billy west said in an interview that his favorite voice acting was in futurama.

  • He is close friends with writers, David X. Cohen and Donick Cary.

  • Billy worked on The Howard Stern Show for many years.

  • Billy is very tall.

  • Billy is prominent on the Futurama DVD audio commentary tracks.

  • West provided the voice of Stimpy in Nickelodeon's The Ren and Stimpy Show from 1991 until 1996, and he provided the voice of Ren from 1993-1996.

  • Billy is a Jewish man.

  • Billy is a fan of the old radio comedian, Hammy Herchel.

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