Brad Garrett and Pat Fraley

Here comes trouble!

Pat Fraley and Brad Garrett will be co-presenting awards at the Annies this year, hosted by Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob.
Pat shares his thoughts here in this special edition of VOX Daily.

One of Many Great Reasons To Go to the Annies This Year

Submitted by Pat Fraley
My pal Brad Garrett and I have been tapped to co-present at the Annie Awards in the categories:
Best Voice Acting in an Animated TV Series and Best Acting in an Animated Film.
They are not scripting us. Am I worried? How easy is my job? I just stand next to Brad and laugh. Brad and I were working together doing cartoon shows 25 years ago. We did about a years worth of “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n Wrestling.”

Over the years were worked together on cartoons, to commercials… even sketches live on late night network TV. I think we work so well together is that I don’t compete with him. He is genuinely the greatest comedic man I’ve ever worked with. Karl Malden, in reference to his many collaborations with Marlon Brando, once said, “You can’t compete with genius, but it’s nice to come up it.”
Pat Fraley

If you are interested in attending the Annie Awards, here are the details:
Date: Friday January 30, 2009
Location: UCLA’s Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Champagne Reception: 6 p.m.
Award Ceremony: 8 p.m.
Post-award party following the ceremony, black tie optional, hosted by Tom Kenny
General Admission: $25
Discount VIP tickets are available to members of the ASIFA-Hollywood, The Animation Guild, Visual Effects Society, and Women in Animation for $150.
Non-member VIP ticket: $250
To order tickets and for further information, go to
P.S. Interesting Fact: The Annie Awards were founded by legendary voice over actress, June Foray.


  1. What great choices to host the Annies this year. These guys are so talented! The audience is in for a great time! I have enjoyed listening to Pat’s podcasts and hearing his funny character voices.
    Years ago when I was doing radio in Minneapolis at WCCO, I hosted a live radio show at the old Carlton Celebrity Room in Bloomington. It was a Vegas style show club, minus the gambling. Brad Garrett was performing there as a stand-up. I had the opportunity to meet and interview him. This was pre-Everybody Loves Raymond. I had interviewed a lot of celebrities before him, many of which had such an ego, they would only talk to me by phone from their dressing rooms, (some wouldn’t talk to me at all.) They would not come out to be interviewed in person and face having to meet-and greet the public. But Brad was Brad, the nicest guy you would ever want to meet and the funniest person I have ever met! And boy, is he tall! I’m 6’4″ and he towered over me. He was so funny and such a quick-wit. I couldn’t stop laughing! He had me in a cold sweat. He was so generous with his time and I could tell he genuinely loves people. He treated me very well. afterwords he thanked me for having him on. I said, “No, no, thank you!” I’ll never forget the fun time I had that night. I was so excited to see him make it in the big time. Brad Garrett, what an incredible talent and the real deal!

  2. Hey, David:
    Brad’s 6’9″ and as funny as he is tall. Since we did so many cartoons early on, I like to tease him about his career as a “face actor.” I asked him yesterday if he liked working on “Everyone is Raymond.” He corrected me and asked if I had ever seen it. I told him I have it on Beta, and getting to it. Wonderful friend and co-hort. PF


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