"Who is Brock Baker" is what you're probably thinking right now. To answer your question, he's only one of the most popular voice impressionists around right now. How popular? His video in which he does 101 impressions in less than 4 minutes has been viewed nearly 1 million times on MySpace and almost 100,000 times on YouTube. And if you think 101 impressions is impressive, then you'll be totally shocked to hear that he can do an additional 200. The guy must have vocal chords of gold (or something really really stretchy).
Read our hilarious interview with him below and then make sure to check out his MySpace page at www.myspace.com/brockvoicesbaker, take a gander at his videos on YouTube at www.youtube.com/McGoiter, and while you're at it browse his sketch comedy page on YouTube at www.youtube.com/actuallymatteroffact.
Q: Known as "The Man of 101 Voices," your impressions are hilarious and spot on. Has there been a character/personality that you've wanted to recreate and can't quite capture?
BB: Don LaFontaine, the movie trailer voice. I just can't make the commitment to Cuban cigars and bourbon every day. Joe Pesci is a tough one to tackle also, partly due to the fact that he's short, fast, and always covered in bacon grease.
Q: At what age did you discover your voice talent?
BB: At the ripe age of five and a half, I could do a pretty mean Burgess Meredith. People at the grocery store would even be confused and go "wow Mickey, you're looking really good for your age." I would of course proceed to punch them in the shin and whisper in their ear, "thanks kid." I didn't really think anything of my voices until I was about 14 or 15. It got out of control from there, and was relatable to the events from Teen Wolf.
Q: Which celebrity do you think impersonators "butcher" the most?
BB: Hands down Carl Winslow, pretty much every impersonator does the "Carl Winslow," yet nobody can really nail it, including myself. That, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Q: If you could star in your own TV show, what would we expect to see?
BB: Lots of nudity, usually, if not always, involving myself. Also, inappropriate jokes about the elderly, roundhouse kicks to the smelly faces of hippies, ridiculous exercise techniques, and Tom Selleck would probably supply the voice for my talking irritable crime fighting disco lamp. If that's not Emmy material, I don't know what is.
Q: Which comedians have inspired you the most?
BB: I'd have to say Jim Carrey mainly. I remember as a kid, after watching his movies, acting like a total spaz. I guess you could say he brought out my "inner spaz." Other comedians that have influenced me are: Robin Williams, Phil Hartman, Steve Martin, Chris Farley, those kinds of guys. As for impressionists or voice actors: Mel Blanc definitely, the man that pretty much did every voice on the old Looney Tunes. Other honorable voice actor mentions include: Maurice LaMarche, Billy West, Rob Paulson, Jim Cummings, Dan Castellaneta, etc. These guys' nutty voices always bring a smile to my face when I'm down after losing the big game and not getting the girl in the end.
Q: If you could invent a holiday, what and when would it be? What special traditions would take place on that day?
BB: National Mustache Day, simply because there's nothing manly about having a naked upper lip. A lot of people don't know this but I myself was actually born with a mustache. Some babies are born with a hair lip, some are born with a hairy lip, I was of course the latter. Doctors were all "damn, that is one smooth baby," or "baby got ‘tache." Recently, I have been seen without my mustache. It's still there, I just wear a lot of makeup to cover it up. I've been told that in order to maintain my coolness, according to the MTV youth, is to distance myself from the mustache look as much as possible. There was a lot of denial, as there should be, but I learned to cope with it. Once mustaches are back in though, which they will be soon much like the yo-yo or pogs, I'll be the "coolest kid on the block" as they would say, and by then people still won't know who "they" is.
As for what day National Mustache Day would fall on, it would take place on every other day that isn't already a holiday. If someone else wants to create a new holiday, what I would say to them would be "no dice" and then using my thumbs I would drive their eyeballs deep into their skull. Another rule is you have to say "National Mustache Day" in its entirety; none of that abbreviated lazy, wussy crap. For those that say "NMD" or even just "Mustache Day" will have their mustaches, and in a sense their dignity, torn away with brute force.
Events of National Mustache Day include:
"Celebrity Mustache Look-a-Like." This one is pretty self-explanatory. Past winners have been: The Salvador Dali, The Wilford Brimley, The Chester A. Arthur, and more recently The Paulie Sr. from American Chopper.
"The Flavor Saver." This is where you cram as many condiments into your mustache in the least amount of time. The condiments included are as follows: peanuts, little bits of Doritos, gummy bears, gummy worms, anything gummy really, sprinkles, almonds, Cheet-O dust, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup. Said condiments will be saved for later enjoyment, it's always a surprise.
"What a Pansy!" This is where you go around town to people, including most women, that don't have a mustache, and verbally humiliate them.
"Mustache Ride." This is a contest that tests your patience. The person that keeps their mustache on a really sweet car for the longest amount of time without moving gets to ride in that car around the block a few times while listening to Queen. Other bands that have a mustached lead singer apply also.
Songs are also sung on National Mustache Day. The songs are already pre-existing, but the lyrics are cleverly changed to praise the mustache. Some of the more popular ones are "Mustache into Me" by Dave Matthews Band, "Mustache Sally" by Joe Cocker, and "Mustache Pipe" by Weezer.
The day ends with praises to the mustache gods and hot cocoa.
Q: We get the feeling that you're a pretty high energy person. What helps give you all that pep?
BB: To avoid imprisonment, my lawyer has advised me not to say. Then remembering that I don't even have a lawyer, I would say that I'm pretty much a naturally high-octane fella, and have been known to on occasion sweat pure crystal meth. Energy drinks help out too, that's what got me through "The Man of 101 Voices."
Q: If you were giving a tour of your home town of Denver, what would be your top three destinations?
BB: First and foremost, Casa Bonita. You can't live in Denver and say that you've never been to Casa Bonita. People have been punched, slapped, and most of the time their nurples have been severely purpled for denying even the mere existence of such a restaurant. Those people just can't bring themselves around to believing that you can: enjoy really cheap Mexican food, admire a working waterfall with real life trained cliff divers, watch less than par puppet shows, walk through a functioning cave system belonging to the dastardly Black Bart, and have plenty of photo-ops all in the same building.
East Colfax. If you want to motivate your kids to finish high school, cruise East Colfax. Broken dreams galore.
16th Street Mall. You don't know how many crazy people you'll meet downtown. The odds of meeting a crazy person, drifter, guy who sells handfuls of bus tokens (but in reality are just Chucky Cheese tokens), free-styling hobos, or all of the above are probably 1:1. Then you think to yourself, "Wait, where did this guy get all these Chucky Cheese tokens?" Followed by quietly walking away, or worst case scenario, sprinting. Think of 16th Street Mall as the Times Square of Denver, except there aren't any musicals with songs about AIDS, just one about herpes called East Colfax. Some people have even been calling it the next Cats.
Q: Where can we find more of your work in 2007?
BB: Same Brock time, same Brock channel. Okay, that was pretty lame. You can find more of my stuff on Myspace, Youtube, and foot fetish websites. I have many ideas brewing, so stay tuned!
Q: We end all interviews with word association. We say wombat and you say...
BB: Why do you always have to bring up traumatic childhood memories? You know that's a touchy subject, I don't want to talk about it. In all seriousness though, "book-mobile."