• Hey, It's That Voice! #52: Dave Willis

    Hello and welcome back to the article that you have come to know and (I hope) love after a whole year, "Hey, It's That Voice!" Yes, it has been a whole year since we debuted this article that lets you take a peek behind the characters and see the other roles of the voice actors! Today, we are taking a look behind Greg's cousin, Andy DeMayo!

    I think we all have an Andy DeMayo in our family. Someone who wants things to always be the same despite things changing around them. Heck, sometimes it might be us. But despite seeming to be hot-headed or stubborn, Andy still loves and cares deeply about Greg, Steven, and those close to him. I won't lie, Andy is a character I feel like the show could really have a great time featuring and expanding upon. Perhaps we can get more of Andy in the studio. But who would we need to get in the studio to voice Andy? Why, that would be Dave Willis!

    I seriously cannot be the only one who thought of this scene when Andy first appeared.

    Dave Willis was born in Witchita Falls, Texas on May 1, 1970. He was raised for most of his life in Conyers, Georgia and attended Wake Forest University where he was station manager for Wake Radio, the university radio station. Willis began his career in 1995 at the animation studio Williams Street (then known as Ghost Planet Industries). The Cartoon Network and Turner Broadcasting owned studio is where Willis first started writing for several shows, including the first incarnation of Cartoon Planet and Space Ghost Coast to Coast (which he would help produce after his first year on the show). He would also write for other programs such as Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak which led to The Brak Show. At the end of 2000, Cartoon Network debuted a new programming block called 'Adult Swim', and Willis helped by writing one of the first four original programmings for the network, Sealab 2021, which he would also lend his voice to. However, he is known for co-creating, writing, and starring in one of the most well-known/bizarre Adult Swim shows:

    Number one in the hood, G.

    Aqua Teen Hunger Force (and the other names the show has been known by) premiered on December 30, 2000 unannounced before an official premiere in 2001. From the beginning of the series until the finale in 2015, Willis worked as the one of the show's producers, directors, and actors, voicing the one of the series' star Meatwad, the neighbor Carl Brutananadilewski, and Ignignokt of the Mooninites among other characters throughout the show's run. The show branched into a film, spin-offs (Spacecataz and Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week), video games, and the characters making various cameos in other media. It should be noted that it is one of the longest running animated shows in television history with 139 episodes.

    Other shows that Willis has helped create, director, produce, and write include Perfect Hair Forever, Anime Talk Show, Stroker and Hoop, 12 oz. Mouse, Squidbillies (where he provides his voice as the narrator and several characters), Young Person's Guide to History, Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge, Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell, and Too Many Cooks

    As for voice acting outside of shows that he had a hand in helping create, produce, direct, or write, Willis has been busy with a few credits to his name. He has lent his voice to the English dub of Ninja Nonsense, ChalkZone, the English dub of Basilisk, Frisky Dingo, Turbo FAST, Talking Tom and Friends, Nerdland, and Archer where he voices Barry Dylan.

    Barry Dylan (Willis) in Archer, after he is rebuilt as a cyborg. Trust me, it does make sense.

    And that will do it for this edition of "Hey, It's That Voice!" Join me next time when we take a look at the voice of that popstar that Sadie loves to sing along with!