Forget The Voice – here’s the Man of 10,000 Voices
PUBLISHED: 20:41 28 April 2012
FORGET BBC One’s The Voice. Michael Winslow is the man of 10,000 voices!
If you remember the Police Academy films, you’ll have heard him on screen.
His name might not be familiar, but the voice will be recognised by millions.
For Winslow is best known for playing Sgt ‘Motor Mouth’ Jones in the hugely successful police comedy series.
And the American stand-up comedian is touring the UK for the first time with his critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe sell-out 2011 show The Man of 10,000 Voices, with a date at the Alban Arena in St Albans on Saturday, May 26.
This whirlwind of a show is like nothing before.
It’s a true smorgasbord of staggering special effects and astounding sounds that garnered amazing reviews and sold every single seat during his month’s run at the prestigious arts festival in Scotland last August.
The original vocal artist of the 20th century, Winslow can imitate the impossible using only his voice.
Whether it’s the frenzy of Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar or a special treat for Star Wars fans, Michael is the master of vocal gymnastics.
Born in 1958 on Fairchild Air Force Base, Michael would imitate the airplane noises and jet engines and soon he was on stage at Tulagi’s, Colorado, where Hendrix, The Doors, and various other famous bands had played.
Hearing that a group of Hendrix fans were present, he decided to portray him and, from the ovation and applause that followed, Michael knew his calling.
While living homeless in Venice Beach, Michael auditioned for the Gong Show, hosted by the infamous Chuck Barris, and soon moved to LA to perform in the local comedy clubs.
It was here that he was discovered by Bud Friedman, founder of the renowned New York Improvisation Comedy Club and who, in the past, had launched the careers of the likes of Bette Midler, Andy Kaufman and Jay Leno.
Friedman featured Michael in the Evening at the Improv and in 1984 producers Hugh Wilson and Paul Manslanski witnessed his talent and immediately wrote him into the script of the unforgettable Police Academy movies.
He went on to provide the voice of Stripe in Gremlins and can also be heard in various episodes of Family Guy and King Of The Hill.
Michael recently starred in the South African Cadbury’s Lunch Bar campaign, which was written with only him in mind and New Line Cinema have announced plans for another Police Academy movie.
Tickets for Michael Winslow’s St Albans show are £15 and are available from the box office on 01727 844488.