Mel Blanc on Letterman (1981)

Mel Blanc [wiki], nicknamed "The Man of a Thousand Voices" for good reasons, was the world's most gifted voice actor. Here's a video clip of an interview by David Letterman in 1981, where Mel explained how he got the inspiration to do voices for cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam and so on.

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Oh those were the days when cartoons had some real great voice actors. Not the rehashed "anime-esque" (note: lots of surprised gasps and yelling) voices one hears in proliferation in todays cartoons shows.
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I agree with Holly. Today's material isn't as good as it used to be. Mel Blanc was truly one of a kind. Althought Joe Alaskey is very good, no one can claim Mr. Blanc's title as the world's best voice actor. He is by far my most favorite entertainer.
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too bad cartoons suck these days... it was guys like mel blanc that really made our classic cartoons. you would think that since most generations grew up watching looney tunes, cartoons would be better.

was there video of the rest of that show? letterman said he had hunter s. thompson on there after mel blanc! now what a character HE was... would have been cool to see that interview.
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Great find Alex! Blanc is on tip-top form here, although Letterman seems to be reading from a script and doesn't respond to Mel's improvised/rehearsed anecdotes with anything more than his prepared schpiel

I can only imagine Carson might have done a better job of responding to Blanc's amazing vocal demonstrations by engaging him more and getting something more spontaneous out of him. Did Carson have Blanc on his show?
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