• Hey, It's That Voice! #32: Billy Merritt

    Hello and welcome back to the article that lets you peek behind the cartoon faces to see the actors and actresses behind the characters. It's time for "Hey, It's That Voice!" And today, we will be looking at the proprietor of Beach Citywalk Fries, Mr. Fryman!

    Mr. Fryman is a long-suffering and hardworking father of Ronaldo and Peedee Fryman. Dedicated to his work and the belief that he is just a normal man, tries his best to be a good father and instill his work ethic to his sons. But who is the voice behind this voice of reason? Why, that would be Billy Merritt!

    Fryman family portrait.
    Born June 20th, Billy Merritt started his career with the Upright Citizens Brigade, including having a few roles on the television series back in the 1990s. In fact, he has been a staple at the New York Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre where he has been a staple since the founding of the theatre first opened. At the theatre, Merritt is a performer, teacher, and director and has is a member of the improv groups The Swarm, The Stepfathers, and The Smokes. More about his work with the Upright Citizens Brigade can be found on the UCB website.

    Merritt has also been on television as well. His credits include Boiling Points, Straight Plan for the Gay Man, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Cheap Seats without Ron Parker, My Wife, the GhostUncorked with Billy Merritt, Prankville, Reno 911!, Popzilla, Childrens Hospital, Workaholics, Key & Peele, Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, Weeds, Up All Night, Conan, Newsreaders, Sketchy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Review, Adam Ruins Everything, and finally Another Period where Merritt potrays President William Howard Taft.

    While mostly only the stage or the small screen, Merritt has been on the silver screen as well. He has starred in films such as Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, Kettle of Fish, The Understudy, and Search Party. He has also lent his voice to Grand Theft Auto V, where he adds his voice to the local populace, just like one of the Crystal Gems.

    And that will do it for this edition of "Hey, It's That Voice!" Join me next time where I look at the voice behind the owner of Fish Stew Pizza!