Face Behind The Voice: H. Jon Benjamin

0
197
H. Jon Benjamin. Photo by Ray Mickshaw/FX.

Having voiced lazy, crass, exasperated and misogynistic characters, as well as a giant moth, a quark, a can of vegetables and the devil himself, H. Jon Benjamin has a face you might not recognize, but vocals you probably do.

Best known for voicing the title characters in the animated series Bob’s Burgers (FOX) and Archer (FX), Benjamin’s voice-acting path began in 1995, with a mostly forgotten elementary role as a particle.

“I played a quark in some ’90s educational science video,” he says. “I don’t remember the voice, but I’m sure it was pretty terrible.”

That series, Understanding, aired on the Discovery Channel back before it exclusively televised idiotic reality shows. While that program has faded into obscurity, many of Benjamin’s voice gigs have become cult classics, including Bob’s and Archer, but also Disney Channel’s Science Court, Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist and Adult Swim’s Home Movies, The Venture Bros. and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Benjamin stretches his voice to fit a multitude of characters—in order to do that, his voice does require some maintenance to keep it robust and swollen with keen inflection.

“I drink a lot of grade B maple syrup and jelq for about an hour,” he says.

Bob and Linda Belcher of FOX's Bob's Burgers
Bob and Linda Belcher of FOX’s Bob’s Burgers

With a monotone cadence and a deadpan delivery that he often alters depending on the age and speech impediment of his character, Benjamin breathes subversive life into animated creations. Even if the name H. Jon Benjamin doesn’t ring any bells, fans of his work recognize names like Coach McGuirk, Jason Penopolis, Mothmonsterman, The Master, Jimmy Pesto Jr., Ben Katz and more. And from time to time, Benjamin’s voice will register with people—even if they can’t quite place where they know his voice from.

“I will get the occasional kid who works at a coffee shop recognize my voice when I order a latte,” he says.

His two most popular characters, Bob Belcher and Sterling Archer, come from different worlds, both in terms of show premise and the style in which his voice-overs are recorded.

Sterling Archer of FX's Archer
Sterling Archer of FX’s Archer

Bob’s is recorded with all the actors together, whereas for Archer, I’m by myself going through the lines in the more conventional way common to animation,” he says, adding that though they are different characters, he does see some commonality between the two. “They both get exasperated easily, but Archer has far more issues. Archer kills people, so that takes its emotional toll, but I could see Archer coming into Bob’s Burgers for a grilled cheese.”

Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard has tapped Benjamin’s distinctive voice for numerous projects and besides Bob’s, the pair have worked together in Dr. Katz, Home Movies and Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil.

“He’s an extraordinarily smart actor. Just really gifted in terms of his voice, and his ear and his intelligence,” Bouchard says. “I’ve worked with a lot of funny people, but he’s unique in his ability to be funny while also seeing the field, if you will. He can kind of look ahead in a scene or even in an improvised moment and know where it wants to go, where the other actors in the scene might go and he gets the ball to them just at the right time.”

Of his decades-long working relationship with Bouchard, Benjamin says that, “he always casts me in his projects and I’m thankful for that. Maybe I’m his good luck charm—his chubby, middle-aged, Jewish good luck charm.”

SHARE
Previous articleMr. Chocolate
Next articleStarting From Scratch

1 COMMENT

  1. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    [url=http://remmont.com/category/auto/]car auctions
    [/url]
    Preventivo assicurazione on line / Video
    Assicurazioni on line: confronto preventivi auto, moto e viaggi Preventivo assicurazione on line Assicurazioni on line auto: risparmia fino a 500€ * Assicurazioni Assicurazioni viaggi Assicurazioni Vita Assicurazione.it Assicurazione.it e il piu grande sito italiano di assicurazioni. Con piu di 200.000 Clienti ogni mese, Assicurazione.it ti consente di trovare in 3 minuti la polizza piu conveniente per te. Assicurazione.it nasce nel 2008 per aiutare gli italiani a trovare la migliore polizza per le loro auto, moto, case e famiglie. Assicurazione.it si contraddistingue per la sua serieta e competenza, ma anche per la semplicita di utilizzo. Assicurazione.it appartiene al Gruppo Facile.it, …
    The post [url=http://entertainment.remmont.com/preventivo-assicurazione-on-line-video/]Preventivo assicurazione on line / Video[/url] appeared first on [url=http://entertainment.remmont.com] Entertainment[/url] .

    [url=http://game.remmont.com]Claim News[/url]
    [b]BONUS 100 FREE DOFOLLOW Links SITE[/b]

    http://stdrf.ru/goldenmask/?success=1
    http://www.thesterlingstandard.com/2017/11/21/thankful-for-women-empowering-women/#comment-205458/
    https://www.newdigitalpianoreview.com/comment-page-17616/#comment-867868/
    http://hwhholdings.com/?cf_er=_cf_process_5d3e13ea794a2
    http://mmorpg-onlinegames.ru/forum/index.php

    http://www.askinhalleri.net/atarli-sozler/?unapproved=15651&moderation-hash=b7a4dc005c47e332fc5f587dc96e6747#comment-15651
    https://febe.de/?unapproved=1778&moderation-hash=bc2078ea5295476153f8da29f3dfa20f#comment-1778
    http://oshigambohighschool.com/nam-libero-tempore-cum-soluta-nobis-est-2/?unapproved=5084&moderation-hash=b5a3fa6233c64661a33c2c5d021cd9f3#comment-5084
    http://bikefixutah.com/hello-world/?unapproved=30765&moderation-hash=61f4f11711e3cc5b062a851b6f190074#comment-30765
    http://mswcontractorpros.com/2019/07/03/hello-world/?unapproved=450&moderation-hash=5bf96efb8a639736bd56ffdc053cb8af#comment-450
    http://thelinksindoorgolf.com/2015/06/hello-world/?unapproved=28072&moderation-hash=917a026250c775718da3fad04bcaa9b8#comment-28072
    http://sugarayray.com/2016/02/special-guest-start-candy-tasting/?unapproved=27178&moderation-hash=15255b6362ad6ceca393c8eaf8141fa6#comment-27178
    https://figarigroup.com/blog/reasons-why-bgc-best-office-location-infographic/?unapproved=17515&moderation-hash=0624848a159923401b3a1140c60d3699#comment-17515
    http://thebeautyofsisters.com/blog/?unapproved=16237&moderation-hash=4f6c14a30f6d015aa9d39d1332b7c3dc#comment-16237
    http://www.eatpalmbeach.com/crab-stuffed-grouper/?unapproved=229586&moderation-hash=80747ece1c6d0e00b3c9d53d365865c8#comment-229586
    https://imperio.si/izdelek/chimichangas-asado-a-la-carte/?unapproved=4042&moderation-hash=4041e19cabf0632cb37b5a988a1d45f2#comment-4042
    http://www.bcmhas.org/events/5k-recovery-run/?unapproved=1048&moderation-hash=2daf5e6bea446b777f9aa39b65dad309#comment-1048
    https://5t.ee/courses/soome_toohutuskaardi_koolitus/tooohutus/?unapproved=39990&moderation-hash=0e7e1fbf0a066e2ebe85a64575264c6e#comment-39990
    http://tourconnectionla.com/video-post-format/?unapproved=20455&moderation-hash=52d731b329187b5726c9d4e4100f8877#comment-20455
    https://sitenhadat.com/kinh-nghiem-lua-chon-nhung-bo-sofa-dep-va-chuan-ma-ban-nen-biet/?unapproved=605&moderation-hash=b797bb77be9097d6e0496221253b27e6#comment-605
    http://jeslive.org/jes-live-in-anaheim-on-012414/?unapproved=6836&moderation-hash=503a365bed7c3e3c05a9bce2cc4c04d2#comment-6836
    http://www.jpwpl.gov.my/sanasini/archives/1844?unapproved=17855&moderation-hash=749677e03c8bcd98db21d917955d81ff#comment-17855
    http://www.xbot.com.br/help_robodeck/?unapproved=2322&moderation-hash=657e5042968de0cb91fdd45784a120b0#comment-2322
    https://www.morphacademy.com/course/acting-course-in-chandigarh/?unapproved=13448&moderation-hash=f8eed931bb6639b727246f481ab393c8#comment-13448
    http://isti.az/ic%c9%99risind%c9%99-gizli-mesaj-olan-10-m%c9%99hsur-loqo/?unapproved=18129&moderation-hash=29e5eeab03fa4bae43a032e5fa5d11e2#comment-18129
    http://www.viruspolicianacional.com/?unapproved=122435&moderation-hash=4938297d362014218e68cb5bf2c52de1#comment-122435
    http://www.edebiyatogretmeni.info/ygs-turkce-deneme-sinavi.htm?unapproved=160359&moderation-hash=7f076703eb1eb2ec0990a4cf435fd598#comment-160359
    http://joankeller.ga/blog/which-nutrients-are-needed-in-aquaponics-systems/?unapproved=19724&moderation-hash=8c3895464491ada7744608108792ff18#comment-19724
    https://trinitytg.com/2014/09/revised-approach-to-it-modernization/?unapproved=304841&moderation-hash=257ce9ecaf656cbae8fd3be8055be69c#comment-304841
    https://vegasnews.today/2018/01/07/space-and-science-news/?unapproved=3898&moderation-hash=fd65295f4703bc61433d2e57f15ac8ec#comment-3898
    https://essentialoildiffuser.io/art-naturals-essential-oils/?unapproved=9947&moderation-hash=12b854b7215c6fd9717c24aa4d1cf41d#comment-9947
    http://tenderparenting.com/?p=1&unapproved=9594&moderation-hash=e2d0f9b4ef90a45608abfcbedb9b2433#comment-9594
    https://www.girlsspecial.com/how-to-get-a-smaller-waist-and-bigger-hips/?unapproved=4933&moderation-hash=47705b7476e83ca4b57ff2da1d4d9db4#comment-4933
    http://hige-kaeru.txt-nifty.com/w/2006/01/nickelback__all.html
    http://www.ankaratesisatservisi.com/ankara-plumber/?unapproved=5764&moderation-hash=8a20a79f2afba37dbe0157f1e49b8bbe#comment-5764
    http://fattyaffairmeals.com/fattyaffair/?unapproved=16355&moderation-hash=ab30436c9c7a938cbda78699fa0663d6#comment-16355
    http://soulrestorationministries.com/june-housewarming-fun/?unapproved=4057&moderation-hash=5a98cd9f0d6334c6e0a1c361ee979d18#comment-4057
    http://infozaim.ru/vyisokie-protsentyi-v-mfo-s-chem-eto-svyazano/?unapproved=41015&moderation-hash=da29995df80c4f4e07f2fee267d04710#comment-41015
    http://damiarigo.com/3kini-2016/comment-page-1/?unapproved=17577&moderation-hash=9bf0d97adce59323c97ce5281b4e4994#comment-17577
    http://42lounge.com/index.php/2019/04/25/hello-world/?unapproved=26645&moderation-hash=6557f394cd5e82ed5ac7c1fa04a3add5#comment-26645
    https://ruys.be/blog-diamond/?unapproved=6961&moderation-hash=159edc5d8314e12bfdb420a75f411160#comment-6961
    https://ecommerceguider.com/how-to-build-a-private-label-brand-off-amazon/?unapproved=9704&moderation-hash=c5108bdb0e48815a231b579bf24c6d9b#comment-9704
    http://totalagedcaresolutions.com.au/another-satisfied-customer/?unapproved=6351&moderation-hash=3c20c82b279ca9076fbed7e0b25a36be#comment-6351
    http://www.yourphilanthropystory.in/grundfos/?unapproved=58380&moderation-hash=02355b661c9487422fec130f4da63e55#comment-58380
    http://lebanonstuff.com/videos/2018/19438/?unapproved=2021&moderation-hash=b477dcd2078001405488051d0734d99f#comment-2021
    http://makeupbymonicavanwa.com/2016/05/get-date-night-ready-at-estilo-salons-jane-iredale-makeup-event/?unapproved=43542&moderation-hash=864172e56dcb9e52640d8e9cbc3eff02#comment-43542
    http://girlmeetslondon.com/its-time-to-introduce-myself/?unapproved=4413&moderation-hash=9e250396c61f7eecb5a2a5b388e3eb8b#comment-4413
    http://techmgmt.net/hello-world/?unapproved=2414&moderation-hash=00cadf01f0dd5653b138e613d9b615e2#comment-2414
    http://lyfeofy.com/your-lyfe/goals-are-for-quitters/?unapproved=32702&moderation-hash=1f7e466e26ddbc7eeae154fa4420299c#comment-32702
    http://www.freestak.com/blogposts/how-to-ruin-your-career-with-a-button/?unapproved=8900&moderation-hash=a6b4b4fed2beede9219bff21020bdc5b#comment-8900
    http://www.vennerbo.se/blogg-vennerbo/nu-ar-froerna-i-jorden/?unapproved=23684&moderation-hash=0d6f87f3b3a69c5d5256a70699c8d9c3#comment-23684
    http://aadnanelkhaldi.com/gallery/press-et-media/?unapproved=28834&moderation-hash=827deec59a602eaadc2dfe0f9e4ff466#comment-28834
    http://altanaeurope.com/blog-overhaul/?unapproved=22223&moderation-hash=7a9a0b0bb5a0394b7353721d20c329e5#comment-22223
    http://www.kingdomcravers.com/2017/09/greater-grace/?unapproved=110166&moderation-hash=1c0b6204784a1f68a3ef965ec99eebc4#comment-110166
    http://catalogcreator.us/project/ds-solidworks-corp/?unapproved=18259&moderation-hash=f37e30e6919c7ff125d51ed8390d350f#comment-18259
    https://miljoeordbog.dk/2019/06/10/hello-world/?unapproved=1323&moderation-hash=5a33f6a2823de0ff53e7126c8b50c7f4#comment-1323
    http://hinatrips.com/114/?unapproved=573&moderation-hash=83e1a12e9508fa08e435d35ebbeca222#comment-573
    http://feelgoodfactory.amsterdam/2016/02/16/hello-world/?unapproved=840&moderation-hash=03e34db66ed55266bb8686047bd8dc90#comment-840
    http://boccamktg.com/2015/10/how-much-should-content-cost/?unapproved=20383&moderation-hash=ee9cab363af5d2bdbcd0ec3c4d7e4aa3#comment-20383
    http://hiroshima.australiandoctor.com.au/?unapproved=30663&moderation-hash=6cea9785a3d8ce4719bb73c0a4ab1ce8#comment-30663
    http://mcesblog.com/2015/07/how-an-elder-suicide-almost-happened/?unapproved=28213&moderation-hash=4f6ce6830d429ff7e55c58ecc7c0e19e#comment-28213
    http://yourwildwest.com/2015-national-jamesyounger-gang-conference/?unapproved=42418&moderation-hash=03af17ae8ccceeff428464103990c55e#comment-42418
    http://lichtpoet.de/2015/10/19/familienfest-bodennah-in-goerlitz/?unapproved=23035&moderation-hash=40573590ec26afffcde6613c71a30d1a#comment-23035
    http://feelingflavorish.com/about/?unapproved=43251&moderation-hash=03cef9d7780b67aa49a91a0cc70e4927#comment-43251
    http://jamtangan.co/casio-man-mtp-1192e/?unapproved=10668&moderation-hash=5a9912537455bbb5152917ec06788899#comment-10668
    https://1st-press.hu/2018/05/19/az-utcan-oltek-meg-a-28-eves-ferfit-zabaron/#comment-54722
    http://www.futblog.net/2008/03/03/todos-los-resultados-primera-jornada-9.html?unapproved=1536&moderation-hash=58d9c7c2ec627c54c7e8fca202f33cc6#comment-1536
    http://tontonhausu.cocolog-nifty.com/tonton/2006/07/post_8b67.html
    http://www.swedac-acoustic.se/2013/01/hej-varlden/?unapproved=1219&moderation-hash=28d293a04f0aca3d96b5a656a669f935#comment-1219
    http://guspenmigas.org/2016/04/29/harapan-disela-sela-musta-x-apmi/?unapproved=26906&moderation-hash=85541592d179e97fc1f10d0d3eca231b#comment-26906
    http://lyckoteket.tarotguiderna.se/2017/07/02/dagens-tarottolkning-14/?unapproved=25493&moderation-hash=ed7eff5adbd6d726eeced6a70457670d#comment-25493
    http://drawing.maristasmalaga.com/2017/03/26/ovals-ovoid-spiral/?unapproved=6280&moderation-hash=6d42de97cc3c400708e87e2baba53bdc#comment-6280
    http://squimo.com/about/?unapproved=49&moderation-hash=14f716b200b159a4c4638241afde2b82#comment-49
    https://www.understandingcharacter.com/blog/this-is-a-blog-post-with-a-block/?unapproved=1232&moderation-hash=bbfc34ef071575eb35a06252868c87ea#comment-1232
    http://mralwayswrite.com/stop-using-excessive-exclamation-points-now/?unapproved=4316&moderation-hash=64744976766ea024806cca951542229f#comment-4316
    http://eucan.forogratis.es/firestone-auto-care-t71690.html
    http://caringtoday.com/you-cant-choose-your-family-but/?unapproved=23119&moderation-hash=9f9abdc9c3551915b39c65db09f36054#comment-23119
    http://copper-homes.com/colorado-building-whats-a-rural-water-tap/?unapproved=11781&moderation-hash=c231f4b2d481b7d8aca60b84a128a2a2#comment-11781
    http://poliredes.com.br/instalacao-de-lampadas-de-led-para-piscinas/?unapproved=8207&moderation-hash=1d822cc66d396b84f78c2559c951b5be#comment-8207
    http://dealersjournal.com/2015/10/11/great-cars-at-a-great-price/?unapproved=164836&moderation-hash=959c75f1488776a6d99c929859688efa#comment-164836
    http://auntirenes.com/?unapproved=2023&moderation-hash=b0411ea8d6d43a4b15c4569252055f3e#comment-2023
    http://publicspherejournal.com/2017/03/the-public-spheres-diversions-5/?unapproved=95413&moderation-hash=a203df0eb0323af8d1290eddd997b49c#comment-95413
    http://ester.themerex.net/product/audyssey-wireless-bluetooth-speakers-2/?unapproved=7858&moderation-hash=c99a50cadb02bcbf80c6f52fd9f17297#comment-7858
    http://tronicedge.net/hello-world/?unapproved=8111&moderation-hash=99777a654119e7ca3c3c8c60ea5b5930#comment-8111
    http://www.babybestpitch.com/its-positive-d/?unapproved=1920&moderation-hash=d9338e89fb55d8647b16ec15466736c3#comment-1920
    https://jmllandscaping.com/site-improvements-drainage-and-grading/?unapproved=18502&moderation-hash=9a845a5ed283bbdc0b7d82b891053caf#comment-18502
    http://zodiinternational.com/get-well-conditioning-of-water/#comment-124126
    http://dualtranslations.com/hello-world/?unapproved=2179&moderation-hash=e286705d796cfcbe31d2dd4c14ff1fc4#comment-2179
    https://runnymedestables.com/what-our-students-say/?unapproved=22903&moderation-hash=83ad2a26ae8b2842fdf7b3b99b3caa9b#comment-22903
    http://thyagolima.com.br/2016/09/25/idiotice-contemporanea/?unapproved=10536&moderation-hash=fe49113d705ed674de13a8366a8383c3#comment-10536
    http://www.noveltyfundraising.co.uk/product/pirate-cutlass-sword/?unapproved=4647&moderation-hash=5524b8ef08454e3d68440597d5121fc4#comment-4647
    http://www.issagligidefteri.com/is-sagligi-defteri-izmir/?unapproved=35166&moderation-hash=b731d4e037542e9d8f434c332ec8d64f#comment-35166
    http://pomajamu.pl/pomidory-faszerowane-guacamole/?unapproved=2635&moderation-hash=721110cd357a8eac71ead2826c62f010#comment-2635
    http://www.longxm.com/?unapproved=1349&moderation-hash=c263229bb65609b82dcae108bc81eeb8#comment-1349
    https://cheapjerseysupply.com/2018/04/03/cheapest-time-to-visit-vegas/?unapproved=13818&moderation-hash=58ab97e34e3d879b865cbd32a31140e4#comment-13818
    http://outwoodsports.co.uk/advantages-disadvantages-of-extreme-sports/?unapproved=60396&moderation-hash=671ccbecade23c4616f4d69ed7fc283c#comment-60396
    http://terraprism.com/?unapproved=58472&moderation-hash=fc71fd95edf088bd4fceed96e23763ba#comment-58472
    http://www.unmaskingthemasquerade.com/2017/01/christian-magicians/?unapproved=31365&moderation-hash=a9f0e8be6efe8d4b9f68c20464b775e7#comment-31365
    http://jchphoto.com/hello-world/?unapproved=6695&moderation-hash=d43e52aba76ddb411f73fa7727336209#comment-6695
    http://dianevsd.com/coming-soon/?unapproved=5909&moderation-hash=d4aba60b3cdd07172cc6a2f5d9cfc90b#comment-5909
    http://karateklubskipper.com/mali-karatisti-na-jednom-od-treninga-dorcol/?unapproved=75850&moderation-hash=133587b15e46d4d474f31342d3fa54de#comment-75850
    http://www.qualitydissertation.co.uk/how-to-structure-a-dissertation?unapproved=3500&moderation-hash=5470986d481c30f0e32fa88773b38146#comment-3500
    http://bklynradio.com/blog/2016/03/27/podcasts-in-russian/?unapproved=31037&moderation-hash=2b76a46d0ce36f0f87f400a4cd6c229e#comment-31037
    http://blockgroup.ca/rim-joist-remediation-part-1/?unapproved=11816&moderation-hash=557b2173e284eab4d018c5d205b7c4af#comment-11816
    http://www.thebrasstacs.com/2017/01/13/brilliant-aiming/?unapproved=78178&moderation-hash=f77a0fcfcf0b87136b54d960c96c0668#comment-78178