Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: Harry Shearer & Dave Willis

The Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer and Adult Swim's Dave Willis sit down with Jim Gabour to talk about their experiences (10/20/2014).

About Harry Shearer

A modern-day renaissance man, Harry Shearer is an actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, musician, author, radio host, director, and producer, best known for his long-running voice roles on The Simpsons, his work as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live in the late 1970s and mid 1980s, and as a writer and co-star of the 1984 cult classic film This Is Spinal Tap.

A Primetime Emmy Award winner and recipient of a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Shearer has appeared in several major motion pictures, including A Might Wind and The Truman Show. Since 1989, he has voiced Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert and countless other characters on The Simpsons.

In addition to his Emmy-nominated work in television and film, Shearer has been the host of the public radio comedy/music program Le Show, a hodgepodge of satirical news commentary, music, and sketch comedy. He lives in New Orleans, LA, and recently served as an artist-in-residence for Loyola University New Orleans.

About Dave Willis

A voice actor, writer, producer, and musician, Dave Willis has either co-created or worked on a variety of hit comedy animated series, including Archer, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, and Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

A specialist in surreal humor, Willis has worked primarily on productions for Williams Street, the Atlanta-based animation production division of Cartoon Network, where he co-created Aqua Teen Hunger Force with Matt Maiellaro in 2001 and later co-created Squidbillies in 2005. Willis also plays the recurring role of ex-spy Barry Dylan on Archer, and co-wrote a 2010 episode of Family Guy, "New Kidney in Town."