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LIVE ACTION: Voice artist Rob Paulsen brings his lively animated characters to the Tower

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Rob Paulsen brings" Animaniacs in Concert " to the Tower Theatre, 425 N.W. 23rd, on Friday, December 8th at 8 p.m.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — You might not know the name, but Rob Paulsen is one of the most popular actors in American pop culture for almost thirty years, a legend in the entertainment business that has fandoms in multiple generations, starring in some of the biggest franchises of all time.

And you’ve never even seen his face.

That all changes as iconic voice actor Paulsen, along with composer Randy Rogel, bring their national tour of Animaniacs in Concert to the Tower Theatre, 425 N.W. 23rd, in Oklahoma City on Friday, December 8th at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here:

Best known as the voice of Yakko from the beloved animated series, as well as Pinky from Pinky and the Brain and Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others, this live mixture of music and animation bring the show’s madcap musical numbers to life for fans new and old.

Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain really transcend the generations, especially now that Animaniacs has had huge success on NetFlix,” Paulsen said. “There are people in their thirties who have kids and those kids are now watching Animaniacs, while those folks in their thirties who watched it when it first came out will now watch it with adult eyes and it’s a new show. They say “Oh my God, I didn’t get that reference before!” and that was utterly by design. It’s wonderful.”

Produced by Steven Spielberg, the Animaniacs were the meta-satirical trio of the Warner siblings Yakko, Wakko and Dot, three Zelig-like beings who wreaked havoc throughout the history of Warner Bros. animation, unleashed from their prison in the WB Watertower. Premiering in the early 90s, the show became a cult hit with a large following, one that reemerged due to streaming services rebroadcasting the series for the first time in almost 20 years.

Describing the live event as a kind of “mini comic-con,” Paulsen said that, for him, the best part of performing these shows is not only meeting the fans and answering questions they’ve had about the show for years, but telling the stories behind these crazy tunes that many now-adult fans still know the words and shamelessly sing along to.

“We have the music and the credibility and the pedigree of the people who wrote it and performed it doing it for you live,” Paulsen said. “We’re young enough to travel around and I can still do Yakko and Pinky and hit all the same notes as before, so it’s a real entertainment experience and in Oklahoma City, we’re doing on a more intimate level.  It’s Randy and me and a Baby Grand, with animation on a big screen behind us; we tell all the stories of how the songs came to be, do a meet and greet and take questions. It’s a remarkable thing to watch and understand how these things get made, because most people don’t get the backstory. It’s a hell of a lot of fun to do.”

Currently the host of the Talkin’ Toons podcast on Nerdist and getting ready to direct the all-new animated Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series for Nickelodeon, it wasn’t too long ago that Paulsen was diagnosed with throat cancer, almost ending his career. But, thankfully, he’s fully recovered and taking advantage of his new lease on life, saying that he has quite possibly the “greatest job ever.”

“I’m good at my job and I should be—I’ve been doing it forever,” Paulsen said. “I’ve had a pretty good run and I’m still working every day and I get to meet people who’ve grown up with Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, The Tick and Ninja Turtles, over and over and over again and it’s fantastic that I have a body of work that just makes people smile. All it does is make people happy. It’s just the coolest thing.”

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