If you're a fan of comedy, you may recognize Chris Parnell from his time on "Saturday Night Live" -- eight seasons in fact -- or his role as Dr. Spaceman on "30 Rock." But there's a good chance you've heard his voice, too. Having lent his vocals characters on fan-favorite shows like FX's "Archer" and Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty," Parnell has moved down a different avenue of comedic acting into the wild world of cartoons. With his newest project, the "SNL" alum continues to push forward in animation as the voice of Mr. Peabody for the new "The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show," debuting October 9 on Netflix.
Recently, Parnell dropped by the CBR Speakeasy in North Hollywood, CA for a sitdown executive producer Jonah Weiland to discuss voicing Mr. Peabody, updating the classic animated show for a new audience, the cartoons he watched as a kid and how he approaches voice acting. As the conversation continued, Parnell also opened up about how he got his start in comedy and his love of visual art.
In the first part of the conversation, Parnell describes the process of how he became involved in Netflix's "The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show," and what viewers can expect from this updated of the classic series. Parnell then lists the cartoons he loves as a child before detailing how he found the voice of Mr. Peabody.
On whether he wants to take on more serious dramatic roles:
You know, there are usually -- there are moments that come up in regular things I'm doing -- "Peabody & Sherman" included -- that are not just wacky and zany and crazy, where I'm trying to really connect with Sherman and have a real moment with him. So, I usually tend to get to do that somewhere along the way in the work I do already. So I don't -- and I love doing comedy so much that it's just fun, and everybody's there to try to make both each other and the audience laugh ... Look, I'd be happy to have almost any acting job, but like being on a procedural or something -- it's just so much harder work and I'm just so lazy, Jonah.
On his passions outside of his work:
It's art, really -- like visual art, like paintings and photography. I take pictures myself and have always done that since I was a kid. I love that. But then I also -- on a very modest level -- collect photography and art. So I love just going online and looking at art, and discovering new artists, and wishing I had more money so I could buy it all [laughs]. But no, that's really -- that's kind of my bag. I have a pretty big collection of photography monographs that I love, so that's kind of the thing I collect too. But yeah, I mean I love art.