Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

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Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“All my talent is literally contained in my voice box. Right in there. It doesn’t go anywhere else!”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“Whether it was the Fonz, Mork, Archie Bunker, Ted Baxter, Howard Cosell—any voice from anywhere . . .”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“. . . once I found a conduit, I would do it.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“My wife knows that I’m starting to get annoyed with people when I start to imitate them.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“It’s the way I express aggression.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“Anger and annoyance as inspiration.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“Comic Book Guy, from ‘The Simpsons,’ is actually based on someone who lived in the dorm room next to mine in college. This guy was insanely annoying. Dude blasted ‘867-5309’ all day long. He had a dry erase board on his door where he kept his lists, which nobody paid any attention to. If he liked you, he’d put you in his ‘Top Five.’ If you told him to turn down his music, he’d say . . .”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“ ‘You’re now number two on my Bad list.’ ”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“We were like, ‘Dude, nobody gives a shit about your list!’ ”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“I based Nat, the recurring dog-walker character from ‘Mad About You,’ on a guy who I grew up with, in Forest Hills. He was an aspiring actor who would bend your ear for a half an hour about auditions he’d lined up. I ran into him years later in L.A. He said, ‘Hey, I saw you on ‘Mad About You,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, shit.’ ”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“But he had absolutely no idea the character was based on him.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

Azaria starts talking about his comedy series, “Brockmire,” in which he plays the show’s eponymous baseball announcer, who is in the midst of a nervous breakdown.

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“Jim Brockmire’s voice is a time machine. Especially for sports fans. A direct, visceral connection to a certain kind of nostalgia.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“Brockmire is the voice of—how do I describe it—a sort of vanilla-ice-cream, generic baseball voice of the nineteen-seventies.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“It’s also the voice of the pitch man on TV. You know . . .”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“ ‘Ronco Pocket Fisherman,’ or ‘Batteries not included, act now! Operators standing by!’ ”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“It was so indistinct. Basically boring.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“A very American, very weird vocal inflection.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“Not necessarily paternal.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“But at least avuncular.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“I mean, how many hours in our lives do we spend listening to these people?”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“I always thought a guy who talked like that, running around being drug-addicted and emotional and having sex and freaking out would be a home run.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“It took many years of thought and playing around to crack it.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“Bob Uecker’s Harry Doyle, from ‘Major League,’ was the last iconic announcer character that was actually funny. An ancestor to Brockmire, for sure.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“Jim Carr, the radio announcer in ‘Slap Shot,’ is another one of the funnier announcer roles. And he wore a plaid jacket, too.

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“In his last few years, Vin Scully was getting a little Brockmire-esque in his rants, going way off topic. He’d sit there telling you his opinion on Syria or Brexit—fairly intense things . . .”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“ ‘Breaking ball misses just a bit outside . . .”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“. . . so, England has decided . . .’ ”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“It’s like, ‘What are you talking about, man?’ ”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“Scully was a great example of how you can talk about whatever. As long as the count is coming, the baseball fan will accept.”

Talking Baseball, Broadcasting, and “Brockmire” with Hank Azaria |

“Scully also used to talk about learning when to shut up.”

Sourse: newyorker.com

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