The Show vet: Jill Talley
Most-beloved Show sketch: “Thrilling Miracles!”
Since Show went off the air... Of late, the majority of Talley’s work has been in voice acting, including significant roles on American Dad!, Camp Lazlo, Trip Tank, and SpongeBob SquarePants, where she gets the added bonus of being able to work with her husband -- and fellow Mr. Show alumnus -- Tom Kenny, who voices the titular character himself. Meanwhile, on the live-action front, they may have been minor roles, but Talley and Kenny also appeared together in two of Bobcat Goldthwait’s writer/director efforts: 2009’s World’s Greatest Dad (with the late Robin Williams) and '11’s God Bless America.
Post-Show role most worth checking out: From 2005 through '14, Talley voiced Sarah Dubois (not to mention a few dozen other characters) on The Boondocks, which despite lengthy breaks between seasons, offered enough brilliance in its early seasons (i.e. when Aaron Magruder, mind behind the same-named comic strip Boondocks adapted, was still involved) to make the delays semi-palatable.
“I got to do everything on that show,” Talley recalls. “I had to play black women, and when you’re the Caucasian in the room…” [Laughs] "It’s tricky, because there’s a part of me as an actor -- and as someone who’s lost jobs now and then to a celebrity, like all actors do -- where you’re really mindful of taking a job from someone else. And it is one of those things where you’re, like, ‘Gee, maybe somebody else should be doing this part. But I’ve worked with a lot of very talented black actors who play white people all the time on shows. It’s one of the nice things about voiceover: You’re totally not limited by your size, by your color, by anything."
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Will Harris is a freelance pop culture journalist living in Chesapeake, Virginia. His favorite sketch comedy series don’t always have the names “Bob” and “David” in the title, but it’s certainly a plus. Follow him at @NonStopPop.