If you’ve ever wondered how to apply for a job on The Simpsons, this actor’s approach is worth watching (and maybe taking notes).
Following the news that iconic voice actor Harry Shearer is leaving the series, voice actor Brock Baker decided to make a video showcasing how many of the characters he can do.
“Consider this my audition for The Simpsons,” he says in the introduction to the video, adding, “Never thought I’d be saying those words.”
Baker goes on to impersonate 14 Simpsons characters originally voiced by Harry Shearer including Ned Flanders, Mr Burns, Smithers, Kent Brockman and Reverend Lovejoy. At one point he even sings Mr Burns’s greyhound ode “See My Vest”, and also talks about how he is vocally changing between characters.
The video was uploaded to Baker’s YouTube page on 19th May and was getting attention from media and fans within hours. In just three days it was viewed almost 200,000 times, with thousands of likes on YouTube and over 400 comments.
While not everyone is convinced by Baker’s voices, the attention and subsequent exposure for the driven actor is a huge boon. Even Time did a write-up about it, with reporter Samanatha Grossman saying Baker “does a rather impressive job voicing some of Shearer’s best characters.”
“If they’re still looking for a replacement Shearer, Baker just might be their guy.”
Over the past few years Baker has built up an extensive list of credits on the Internet Movie Database, including short films, television shows and TV movies. He also has a strong social media presence, with some 561,000 subscribers on YouTube, 58,000 Facebook fans and 18,900 Twitter followers – which is actually more than The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean (who has 10,400 followers on Twitter).
So far there’s no word from The Simpsons execs about whether or not they are re-casting for Harry Shearer’s voices yet, but they have said the show will go on with or without him. And all of the attention that Brock’s drawn through his video puts him in a prime position to step in front of the mike if and when the time comes.