Thursday, July 26, 2018

Final Space - Tom Kenny Interview


Photo Credit: Brad Barket - © 2015 Getty Images

Tom Kenny grew up in East Syracuse, New York. When Tom was young he was into comic books, drawing funny pictures and collecting records. Tom turned to stand-up comedy in Boston and San Francisco. This led to appearances on every cable show spawned by the stand-up epidemic of the 80's and 90's as well as stints on The Dennis Miller Show(1992), The Pat Sajak Show (1989), Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) and Late Night with David Letterman (1982). Tom was a regular on Fox TV's The Edge (1992) and spent a year as the host of NBC's Friday Night (1983). His mainstream television appearances include Brotherly Love (1995) and David Alan Grier's sitcom debacle, The Preston Episodes (1995). 

Tom supplies the voice for "Heffer" the cow on Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life (1993) and Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants (1999), as well as regular performances on The Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory (1996), Justice League(2001), The Powerpuff Girls (1998), and Johnny Bravo (1997). Tom joined the cast of Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995) where he met his future wife Jill Talley. Together they've teamed up on Comedy Central's The Mark Thomas Comedy Product (1996), the stage show "The Show With Two Heads", HBO's Not Necessarily the Election (1996), the Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight" video and Travis "Sing" video.


New animated series Final Space, an interstellar comedy created by independent filmmaker, actor, comedian and entrepreneur Olan Rogers. Final Space is being produced by Conan O'Brien's Conaco and New Form, in association with Turner's Studio T. Rogers and creative partner David Sacks will write the episodes, executive-producing them along with O'Brien, David Kissinger, Larry Sullivan and Jeff Ross of Conaco and Kathleen Grace, Melissa Schneider and Matt Hoklotubbe of New Form. 

Final Space is a serialized intergalactic space saga about an astronaut named Gary and his adorable, planet-destroying friend, Mooncake. The series will follow their adventures as they embark on a quest to unlock the mystery of "Final Space," the place where the entire universe ends.

JBN Journalist Rachel Litfin with Tom Kenny.
TOM KENNY AS HUE
HUE is the Galaxy One’s artificial intelligence — the voice of reason to Gary's non-reason. No matter how many times HUE proves to be smarter, Gary never listens. Without HUE, Gary is screwed. There is no Gary without his HUE.


THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH TOM KENNY
Journalist: RACHEL LITFIN AND KRISTIN CERCADO
Location: SDCC - SAN DIEGO, CA

Video/Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)
TOM KENNY TRIVIA
  • Grew up and was childhood friends with stand-up great Bobcat Goldthwait.
  • Irish-American.
  • He was in the running to host Double Dare 2000.
  • In 1990, he auditioned for Saturday Night Live when the show had two openings.
PERSONAL QUOTES
  • People are always saying that I must have been the class clown, with all these voices. No, I was way too shy to be the class clown; I was a class clown's writer.
  • You have to remember we're just performers, that we seldom have any kind of grasp on real life.
  • I seem to voice a lot of sweet, kind of dumb yellow characters for some reason.
  • I just felt like there was a world of cartoon voices that had to be discovered by me.
  • [on SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)] He's not a child but he's childlike, he's not a grown up, he's not a kid, maybe he sounds like an elf on helium, we'll play with it.
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