The man with a thousand voices returns to the Tri-Cities on Nov. 4 for a night of hilarious noise making at Jokers Comedy Club in Richland.
You never know what sound will sneak out of the mouth of actor/comedian Michael Winslow.
He's the guy that had you laughing so hard in the Police Academy movies.
Winslow is perhaps the best sound-effects master on the planet. These sounds have nothing to do with modern electronic technology and everything to do with goofy stuff you can do with your mouth and vocal chords.
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He's been known to recreate the sound of Jimi Hendrix wailing on his electric guitar, and Winslow can shoot all the bad guys without even holding a gun.
Winslow told the Herald in a story during his last visit to Jokers in 2010 that he started mimicking when he was just a little boy. He was so good at it that by the time he got into grade school, it got him suspended because he kept mimicking Monty Python, he said.
Winslow, the father of four children, was born in Spokane and lived there until he was 8 years old. He has five brothers, none of whom seem to share his vocal talent.
He bummed around Colorado and California for a few years, doing his shtick on the comedy circuit and even was homeless for a while.
He caught a break when one of his comedy sketches was seen by director Hugh Wilson and producer Paul Manslanski, who were putting together a comedy film called Police Academy. They brought Winslow on board as one of the cadets, and the rest is history. He's also the only cast member who's been in all seven Police Academy films.
Winslow provided the vocal talent for Steven Spielberg's Spike character from Gremlins, and he also does voices for Robot Chicken and Family Guy.
Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Tickets are $20 at the door or in advance. The event is for those 18 and older.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org