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Chris Edgerly Interview with VO Buzz Weekly
Looking for the most recent Chris Edgerly interview? You’ve found it! VO Buzz Weekly, known for being one of the voice over industries best free resources for advice, tips, and news, recently sat down with Chris and picked his brain on the voice over industry, his experiences in the voice over industry, and his success with working on The Simpsons! If you’ve ever wondered…well, anything about Chris’s voice over career, you will undoubtedly find the answers that you’re looking for right here!
Video Transcript: Chris Edgerly Interview with VO Buzz Weekly
Chuck: Hi everybody, Chuck and Stacey here with VO Buzz weekly! I hope you guys are having a good day or night whichever it is, and thank you to all the new subscribers! We really appreciate you doing that and those of you that haven’t subscribed, if you’re watching our show and digging it, please subscribe! We totally appreciate it!
Stacey: Absolutely! And on the show, we have Cid Highwind from Final Fantasy, Chris Edgerly!
Chuck and Stacey: Let’s get buzzed!
Announcer: Turn it up, get ready, you’re tuned in to VO Buzz Weekly! And now, prepare to get seriously buzzed with your hosts Chuck Duran and Stacey J Aswad!
Stacey: Our guest personifies versatility, from stand-up comedy to animated TV shows like The Simpsons and films, promos, commercials, and over a hundred video games, thank you very much! He’s flat out awesome! We’re so happy to have him here! He is getting buzzed with us, Mr. Chris Edgerly!
Chuck: Yes Chris!
Chris: Thank you!
Chuck: Get down!
Chris: Thank you for having me. I can’t live up to that! This is gonna be one long letdown!
Stacey: Yes you can! Oh but your fantastic shirt, you’ve got the whole thing going!
Chris: My wife picked this out.
Chuck: It’s cute!
Chris: She said, “You need to wear something happy!”
Chuck: Now, if Stacey was wearing full white, we would be red, white, and blue right now.
Stacey: We would be so U.S.A!
Chris: Or France.
Chuck: Dig it!
Stacey: When are you doing the Tour de France? Is it this summer or next summer?
Chris: As soon as I can clear those drug tests.
Stacey: Well in the meantime, we’ll talk about your other little tiny career you have going! Um, you go ahead Chuck!
Stacey: Because I feel like I’m gonna hog Chris!
Chuck: Well, let us…why don’t you tell us about your career path, man, I mean did you always want to be an entertainer?
Chris: Pretty much. I mean, we’re artists, you kind of know. Yeah, I don’t think anybody pushed you into this.
Chuck: I didn’t know I wanted to be a musician, for example, until I was thirteen.
Stacey: And you heard Peter Frampton.
Chuck: And I heard Peter Frampton.
Chris: But you must have loved rock music?
Chuck: I did.
Chris: You were drawn to it. You were drawn…[to Stacey] I’ve read about you, your dance, your…was it roller…
Stacey: Roller skating
Chris: Like national or world champion.
Stacey: Not roller derby, I didn’t knock people down on purpose. It was artistic…allegedly…because the rhinestones.
Chris: So artistic!
Stacey: And the velvet! I like that! Yeah…
Chris: Yeah, ever since I was a kid. I mean you just, you’re kind of born with that and I was always cracking my brothers up. And friends, neighbors, whoever. Always wanting to sort of hold the floor and tell stories. And my nickname as a kid was “The Mouth of the South”.
Chuck: The mouth of the south?
Chris: Yeah, that was what my dad called me.
Stacey: Savannah, Georgia’s never been the same?
Chris: Yeah, exactly! And the reason why I know that it’s something you’re born with is because my son is exactly the same way and he’s already…”
Chris: Like I went to, when he was in preschool, he was three, yeah, I went to go read a story for the class – I never asked him to do this – he got up, stood next to me and helped read the story to the class! I thought, well, I have to get him his SAG card soon, so…
Stacey: Right! Is he aware of what…does he watch your work and go “that’s dad”? Has he made that connection?
Chris: He’s…uh, yeah, cuz I point it out to them! It’s like I brag on myself. It’s telling “Dad’s in that! That’s dad’s voice!”.
Stacey: Shh shh, this is daddy’s part!
Chris: Yeah, Exactly. Yeah, everybody shut it, daddy’s gonna rewind the DVR! That is a double-edged sword because now it’s…every show is “did you do a voice in that?” “No. No, daddy’s lost that. No, no. ”
Chris: Let’s concentrate on the work daddy has done, not what daddy hasn’t booked. Okay? Let me tell you about booking ratios, my boy! They’re not that high!
Chuck: That’s hysterical.
Chris: Yeah, exactly, so yeah, ever since, I couldn’t remember when I didn’t want to do it.
Chuck: Good, man. And what…in particular, like voice over, how did that happen for you? Like when was the time where you said: “Wow, I wanna do this thing!”
Chris: I think…like I was always aware like you grow up, you watch Warner Brothers cartoons, you think it’s great that those voices are there and you walk around imitating them as best you can. But not until I was living in Orlando. So I moved to Orlando after college and I had gotten into standup and I was doing that a little bit. I’d booked uh, you know, a little bit of on-camera work there and I had toured a little as a stand-up. Then I found an agency in Orlando that represented some voice acting work and there’s not a lot there, but I was able to get some.
Chris: And I realized, this is great, you can stay in town! You can sleep in your own bed instead of being on the road. You know, you’ve done the road.
Chuck and Stacey: Yeah!
Chris: It’s kind of a chore after a while so after I eventually moved here, I did a few more years on the road, but after about ten solid years of being a road comic, I really missed just having the consistency of just being in one town. Especially a town like this one.
Chuck and Stacey: Yeah!
Chris: This is a town you wanna be in all the time. This is a good one.
Stacey: Well, I’ve heard you say that Hollywood is like high school without teachers.
Stacey: What do you mean by that?
Chuck: Yeah, explain that!
Chris: It’s…it’s exactly what you think it means! It’s not a compliment! No, you know, all the cliques from high school.
Chris: The nerds, the cool kids, the jocks, you know, the meatheads, the troublemakers. It’s the exact same thing except there’s no adults to come in and say “hey, knock that off! Yeah, you shouldn’t be that way!” It’s like “no, no, as you were…”
Chris: Keep doing exactly what you’re doing.
Chris: Except the people who were sort of on the Year Book Committee kind of run the town now. You can’t give them noogies anymore.
Chris: And you know, you’ve got to be nice to them because…
Stacey: Because it will live on the internet forever!
Chris: Yeah! Yeah, and I was kind of one of the dorky ones and so I, you know, I don’t know where I quite fit in. So I went to an all-boys military school.
Chuck: Get out of here!
Stacey: Yeah, not everyone can say that! That’s bragging rights, man!
Chris: No, not everybody does say that…even when it happened. You kind of let that go, but uh, yeah, I realized that it’s the age-old story – if you don’t wanna get pounded (because I was always pretty small), you’ve gotta learn a sense of humor as your armor, you know, and that’s the way you’re gonna make friends. And so, yeah, that was a nice defense mechanism I had.
Chris: It’s worked out!
Stacey and Chuck: Yeah.
Stacey: Is standup comedy…and plus, like you said, you were on the road…
Stacey: Is it really as grueling as it seems it is
Chris: Well, what you see on TV and what you see on stage if you’re in a club is about 1% of the job. The other 99% is the writing, the trying that bit out so you can get it to work, the getting the gig booked…like, if you’re just a comic in LA or NY and you only stay in LA or NY you’ve gotta hustle just to get stage time until you can become a regular and I never went that route. I went the opposite route, which is getting road gigs which is just as hard because you start as an MC. And an MC is the guy that starts the show. He’s the guy with the least amount of material and experience and confidence. And here’s a cold crowd, go!
Chris: You know, so he or she is the one that is just torn to shreds for a while.
Chris: And when you finally take enough of that abuse, you finally start to put an act together, you start to move up. And then you’re a feature act and then you’re a headliner and that takes years.
Chris: And it’s extremely rare that somebody does it in just a couple of years and to become a headliner. Like after ten years on the road, I was starting to headline consistently, but not every single gig and that took ten years. And that was…
Stacey: Overnight success…
Chris: Yeah, exactly! So, when you’re in your 20’s, all of it’s kind of fun. Even when it’s brutal. I mean you guys…
Chuck: Yeah, yeah.
Chris: …must remember your starving days. In your 20’s you don’t know how broke you are!
Chris: You don’t know how bad you have it because you’re so thrilled to be doing it!
Stacey: Yeah! You’re nice and fit and you’re like “Oh I’m so fit and tiny, and…
Chris: You can get by on bread and Ramen…
Chris: And stuff people bring home from their restaurant gigs.
Stacey: Craft service?
Chris: Exactly! Yeah, I’ll eat half of that manicotti! Sure it’s been out for a couple of days, I’ll eat it! I got nothing else, yeah!
Stacey: Yeah, it’s got mold on it”
Chris: But in your 30’s it kind of becomes a chore.
Chris: And I’d say that I hit the wall by about 33 or 34. I said, yeah, enough of this, And luckily I had gotten representation, I started to get some work and I thought I’m done with the road. This is gonna be voice-over or nothing. I’m like Cortez, I burn my ships. I walked into my agent’s office (an I’d just signed with him) and I said look, I’ve got 10 or 12 gigs for the rest of the year I’m canceling. And they said “you don’t have to do that” and I said “no, I want to do that!
Stacey: This has to work out!
Chris: Exactly. I’m going to make this work, we’re going to make this work because I ain’t going back out! Yeah, this is too good of a job to pass up.
Chuck: So, Chris, I got a lot of guys calling me up and saying “hey man, I’m a stand-up comic and I do comedy here and blah blah, and they’ve been doing shows here and there and maybe they’ve been doing comedy, but they really now want to do something with voiceover because a lot of their buddies are doing it.
Chuck: So, is that, in your opinion, is that a natural transition to…for a comic to be able to get into voice over and be good at it, or…?
Chris: It’s not unnatural. It’s not always the fit they think it might be, but a stand-up comic…somebody who’s really been doing it yet who’s had to deal with the slings and arrows has an advantage over a straight-up actor because they already should have some mike awareness. As you know…you know, as a musician you’ve got to know when you’re not giving them your best angle as far as acoustically and you also get a feel for how to play it, I mean, so much of our copy is funny copy.
Chris: You get a feel for where the joke is, you get a feel for how to play it. So much of commercial copy, I mean, more than half the commercial copy I’ve read is humorous copy, so getting that joke is invaluable. Comics get the joke.
Chris: And then so much of an audition. like an on-site audition, a lot of times is being able to flip that switch because you’ll spend some time in the wait room and at least…thank goodness for this, voiceover audition wait rooms are not the sharks in the water experience that on-camera…
Stacey: True. Yes!
Chris: wait rooms are.
Stacey: Yeah, if anything you’re like ‘okay, I gotta focus, stop talking to me, you know? Cause you’re having a good time!
Chris: Yeah, Yeah. Exactly! And that’s the funny thing that I noticed is that with a lot of people at the agency when you go and you sit and you wait for your turn to read, I just start shootin’ the breeze with everybody. And some people are kind of really trying to get into their copy and my wife said “I went with you once to the office. Everyone…well, not everyone, but a lot of people were studying their copy. They handed you yours and you just set it down and started jawin’! And then you walked in and you picked up your copy and you just went bam, bam, bam, bam, like that.” And I said because that’s how I operate.
Chuck and Stacey: yeah.
Chris: I don’t have an intensive process.
Stacey: You’re not an overthinker!
Stacey: When we do the 20 steps of Chris Edgerly’s process we’re not…we’re gonna…get to where you start at.
Chris: You start at one…
Chuck: Now, let me ask you this, were there…
Chris: and then there’s a shortcut to nineteen and a half!
Stacey: I read it and then I book it.
Chuck: Yeah, yeah.
Chris: I say it, yeah, well the booking is suspect.
Chuck: So I can prove to my son that I…
Stacey: You book…Chris books a lot of commercials. I love your Pier 1 commercial
Chris: Oh thank you!
Stacey: He books a lot of commercials.
Chris: That was on the set.
Chris: They had me on the set for that! You know, and I thought, don’t you guys know that it’s…I mean, I guess it’s gonna be important to you, but it’s never going to sound like that when you do it. But here’s the funny thing, I’m on the set, we’re at an actual Pier 1 in Hollywood. I should have stolen that rooster out of there!
Stacey: I know!
Chris: Because I wanted to buy it and they said the store’s not open right now! So just…
Chris: Can I take it?
Stacey: It crawled into my coat!
Stacey: You nailed that rooster man!
Chris: Why thank you!
Stacey: Well, that didn’t sound right.
Chris: You say that where I come from and they’ll…
Chris: It’s a different response!
Stacey: You did a great job on that!
Chuck: So for you, we’re still back in the comedy we’re just…
Chris: Standup comedy, yes, can be an easy transition if you also respect the fact that an actor must know the copy and you can’t always just deviate from it…
Chuck: Yeah, now that’s what I was gonna ask you, so…
Chris: I’m not the writer, the writer’s the writer.
Chuck: Yeah, right, so did you end up like, you know, working a little bit with acting and getting your acting chops up, is that…?
Chris: Yes. I was a drama minor in college.
Chris: I was gonna be a drama major but I transferred from a smaller school and they said we’ll take about 1/3 of your credits and I said well, I’ll see you later! And the journalism school took all of them, so I said well, I’m a j-school now, yeah. But I did a play or two and I took a couple of acting classes and I’d done some on-camera acting, so I had a basic feel for it. I am NOT as nuanced as a lot of people you’ve had on the show who’ve had a lot of on-camera credits. I have some. They’re all from the 90’s when I had hair.
Stacey: It’s overrated man!
Stacey: You’ve got those beautiful eyes, you don’t need hair!
Chris: Why thank you!
Chuck: On the same token, were there things from your comedy side that, because you did that for a long time. Were there things from your comedy side that you’re like, you know what? This part of it doesn’t really work too well on the voice-over. It doesn’t translate very well. Are there little things like that that you kind of had to kind of like balance out a little bit?
Chris: Sometimes, I think, sometimes you have to pull it back a little bit because when you’re on stage…as you guys know…a live stage performance, you’ve gotta play to the whole room.
Chris: You’ve gotta reach the back of the room. You don’t have to do that in voiceover! They have levels, they have a mike, they’ll modulate it. They’ll bring it up when they need to, they’ll bring it down when they need to and it’s almost like film acting. It’s here.
Chris: You know, you don’t need to use everything. You end up using everything, I don’t know about you guys but on the mic, I’m a madman.
Chris: I use all of my body parts. So, yeah, you do have to tweak, you have to tweak. The rest of the process I think is the same.
Chris: But you have to filter it for where you are. If you’re on stage, let it all hang out, but if you’re in front of a mic and it’s a voice acting audition or performance, you gotta focus it more.
Stacey: Yeah, yeah.
Chuck: Yeah. Now you have, we literally have fans all over the world and I know you’ve been asked this question like five thousand times, but if you’re a really good friend of yours, okay, said to you…
Chris: Those don’t exist!
Chuck: “Hey Chris, man…” I know, but if you HAD a friend.
Stacey: We’re playing pretend!
Chuck: If you had a friend and he was a really good friend and you actually like them and he said “Hey Chris, man, I really want to get into voice acting man, would you guide me through it? What are some of the first things that I should do in order to start off on the right track? What is some of the advice you can give to people out there about that?
Chris: I would tell them the first two things we talked about! Try stand-up if you think you’re comedically inclined and get into an acting class. Just because you have a nice mellifluous voice, just because you’re a nice baritone…
Chuck: Well, today it means nothing.
Chris: It means nothing, it means jack! It means people enjoy hearing you talk and that’s about it because how do they know you can act? How do they know you can understand the copy? How do they know that you can take direction?
Chuck: Tell a story.
Chris: Yeah, exactly.
Stacey: Think on your feet.
Chris: Yeah, you’re telling a story! Even if you’re doing, I mean, almost all the storytelling copy I get is for an insurance company, you know? Though it’s a product that’s the most non-story-like product you’ve ever heard of. But they’re gonna tell you a story about their company and they want a storyteller.
Chuck and Stacey: Yep
Chris: And it’s the blandest product you can imagine so you’ve gotta take it and make it interesting.
Chris: If you’re a guy who just has a kind of a cool sounding voice, you’re not gonna know what to do with that because you’re gonna be stiff.
Chris: So yeah, get used to performing in front of people, get used to being able to interpret, you know, and get used to being able to take whatever experiences you’ve had in your life and put them on that microphone you know.
Chris: And don’t be afraid to be judged for it!
Chuck and Stacey: Yeah
Chris: Be vulnerable.
Chris: You know, you’ve gotta be able to practically make yourself cry, if not on the outside, on the inside when you’re delivering something devastating. And it’s…you know, there’s no shortcut to that.
Chuck: Yeah, would you say that you almost have to eliminate a little bit the fear factor and just go for it?
Chuck: And not think about what somebody else might think or…
Chris: Sure, yeah, and everybody cares what other people think, no matter what people tell you.
Chris: We all care. We wouldn’t be performers if we didn’t care! A performer connects with people.
Chris: So, I care what they think! I’ve even told people in other interviews, sometimes you do a character – maybe a beloved character on a video game or something. Half of the people loved what you did, half may hate you and my stance is, they’re allowed to hate me. They’re allowed to hate what I did.
Stacey: Well, they’re invested!”
Chris: Exactly, so if they don’t like it, they can get on Twitter. They can get on YouTube. They can say whatever they want, I’ve already been paid.
Stacey: The check is cleared.
Chuck: Therefore I was great!
Chris: I don’t have to give the check back, you know, sorry it didn’t connect with you.
Stacey: And you’re like, but I love me!
Chuck: Could you imagine if you had to give a check back if it got a thumbs down?
Stacey: That would be…or if you got a boost when you got a thumbs up?
Chris: You know what, yeah, exactly!
Chuck: Give this video a thumbs up, right?
Stacey: This video surged, you get a 10% increase!
Chris: That’s when you’d start to play it too safe. So…even if you’re afraid, do it scared as they say.
Stacey and Chuck: Yeah
Chris: Fear is a good motivator!
Chuck: It is!
Chris: It makes you really alert.
Stacey: It’s just a different flavor of excitement.
Chris: Yeah, that’s all it is! Use it!
Chuck: You have this very very unusual gig with The Simpsons that you’ve been on the show now for what…eight, nine seasons?
Chris: This is my ninth season!
Chuck: Ninth season? You’re like the utility guy…
Chuck: …of The Simpsons, where you do so many freakin’ voices. Probably hundreds!
Stacey: He’s the voiceover handyman!
Chris: I’m the…
Chuck: He’s the voiceover handyman!
Chris: You heard it here first!
Chuck: Oh my gosh, so…
Stacey: Need a wrench? He’s got it. Need a ratchet? He’s got it!
Chris: I’ve always thought of my role there as a Swiss army knife. If they just need a random voice here and there, yeah, that’s what I get. You know, there’s an episode coming up where we did the table read and there was one thing in there for me and I thought great! This is gonna be fun! When we record it I know what I’m gonna do, but sometimes it just comes up, you know? And so, here’s a crowd scene, we’re gonna pick this person out and he’s gonna say this and alright, you do that, you know? And it’s usually not that random, it’s planned…
Stacey and Chuck: Yeah, yeah
Chris: It’s just, it’s being around the rest of the cast and filling in wherever they need me to, you know? And just filling things out, you know.
Stacey and Chuck: Yeah.
Chris: I mean, that cast is the most insanely talented cast there is.
Chris: I don’t think they need much help!
Chuck: Yeah, they really don’t. In fact, you were so cool man, inviting Stacey and I to a table read.
Stacey: Yeah! Got to see you in action at a table read and it was so fun!
Chris: Oh it was my pleasure!
Chuck: I remember, first of all, I’ve never been to a table read for The Simpsons!
Chris: It’s great!
Chuck: And it was absolutely magical because everybody is beyond awesome! Everybody was great, and the cut…
Chuck: That was the first time I’ve ever heard, not watched, but heard, an episode of anything…
Chuck: And gotten so into every tiny little word
Chris: Mmm hmm
Chuck: That I enjoyed it thoroughly, man!
Chris: Mmm hmm
Chuck: It was so cool!
Chris: That’s what table reads are really for, is to get a live audience around the actors…and this is a lot of shows do this…
Chuck: Yeah, sure!
Chris: And the writers are there taking copious notes. Which jokes are landing, which jokes are not, is the storyline working, is the structure solid enough… And between that table read and the time you go in and record, sometimes there are changes. Sometimes things didn’t quite work.
Chris: You know? And this is the proving ground for it.
Chris: So you guys were part of determining what was going to be recorded.
Chris: The following Monday, so…
Chris: So I love bringing people in for that experience!
Chuck: That’s so cool! And then we had the other privilege of seeing you…
Chris: Oh yeah…
Chuck: go in and do some ADR
Chuck: For the show
Chuck: Which was so freaking cool! Obviously, you do that a lot…
Chris: Every now and then, yeah, they’ll say, okay you did this character on the record day, there’s been a tweak here and there, so now let’s re-record it with this and you know sometimes you’re doing it to picture…
Chris: Sometimes you’re doing it to an animatic, which is just sort of a black and white halfway process, but yeah, and sometimes you’re doing it and the episode’s going to air in two or three weeks! You know, other times its six months away.
Chris: Table reads typically can be nine months to a year before that episode’s aired.
Stacey: Right, right
Chuck: Holy Toledo!
Chris: You’re seeing an earlier stage and I don’t know how long they’d been working with the script up till then.
Chuck: Right, right, right.
Chris: So it’s…you know, I mean you’ve had Nancy on…
Stacey and Chuck: Yeah
Chris: …to talk about the process, I’m sure this is kind of what she shared, you know…
Chuck: Well, actually, we asked her different questions than we’re asking you, Chris!
Chuck: So she talked more about all of her awards.
Chris: Yeah I can’t talk about all those Emmys! Not yet.
Stacey: She’s such a doll!
Chris: She’s great!
Stacey: She was one of our…what was it like our third guest?
Chuck: Very, very first…
Stacey: Third guest. Literally, our third guest and she was amazing.
Chris: And she embraces Bart.
Chuck: Oh my gosh!
Stacey: She is Bart!
Chris: Yeah, generous, giving person when it comes to that. Kids were there today at the table read. And I said wait until Nancy comes in, she’ll do Bart for you and sure enough, I looked over my shoulder and Nancy had found them and boom, she’d do a Bart, she’s signing stuff, you know, she’s great.
Stacey: She’s wonderful.
Chris: Yeah, loves that!
Stacey: Well, to ride on this rainbow…umm…when…
Chuck: Rerun! The Chris Edgerly rainbow!
Stacey: The Chris Edgerly rainbow tour, catch it! Umm, when Nolan North was here…
Chris: And I love that episode by the way…
Stacey: Fellow CESD pride, yay! Umm, he spoke about the times when things aren’t so abundant…
Stacey: And mentioned when you guys probably put in all the crown molding in Valencia.
Stacey: So, how do you, and have you, navigated the ups and downs of this…
Chris: That’s a memory!
Chris: Well, here’s the funny thing. At the time I was a single guy.
Chris: Not even a girlfriend, I was just dating.
Stacey: She was the crown molding, baby!
Chris: Exactly! And I even had roommates back then, I think this was around ’04.
Chris: And I didn’t need a lot of money to just sort of be “flush with cash” and so I was doing okay! I actually didn’t really need the cash, but I needed something to do.
Chris: I was eating my own brain with boredom and so he said “Dude, I’m gonna put up some crown molding in Valencia” and I said, “I am in!”
Chuck: I’m in!
Chris: Let’s hit Taco Bell on the way there and boom, you know. And I know nothing about crown molding…but it’s not that hard.
Stacey: Yeah, you get the level, you know.
Chris: Exactly! He had a miter saw, he had his pickup, we drove around, you know, we did a couple of houses. We did jokes and cracked each other up and…
Stacey: You charmed it until it was straight…
Chuck: I can just imagine what that must have been like!
Stacey: Did you ever go and ring the doorbell and go like “Hi, we used to put up the crown molding and…
Chuck: Is that what you guys did? Hi, would you like some cream…uhh…cream, creampie? No…
Stacey: Cream molding?
Chuck: No, crown molding!
Chris: Yeah, I mean, technically I look at a house now and I look at the crown molding and go…
All three: EH!
Chuck: We could do much better than that!
Chris: I coulda done better than that! Noel and I coulda done it!
Stacey and Chuck: Yeah!
Chris: Me and…
Chris: Yeah, me and Drake’s Fortune coulda done better than that!
Chuck: Have you…
Stacey: Cid and Drake Crown Molding, that would be a great uh…
Chuck: Have you had any off jobs in your life that were like, you know, something you could talk about?
Chris: I have had, I have had fifteen jobs in my life.
Chuck: Fifteen jobs?
Chris: The very first job I ever had at McDonald’s back in ’86.
Chuck: Wow, all the way…
Stacey: Were you the fry guy?
Chris: I was everything. When you’re at McDonald’s you’re everything. You start on fries, you go to chicken McNuggets, you go to burgers, you go to sweeping out the cooler…
Stacey: Oh, okay.
Chris: You do it all! Uhh, they never let me near the register.
Chris: Yeah, funny that! Like ehhhh…
Stacey: The background check was a little sketchy? Is that why?
Chuck: Yeah, whatever you do, don’t let that guy…
Chris: Yeah, you stay back there near the stuff that can burn you for life. You don’t need to be talking to the people.
Chuck: Oh gosh!
Chris: Umm they didn’t let me near the cash register, but after that, I worked at a hardware store, I worked…didn’t know anything…they kept bouncing me around the different departments.
Chris: I once used the paint mixer without securing the lid…
Chris: And got a little paint back there…yeah…
Stacey: That was a short-lived job!
Chris: That was a couple of months! I worked in a pool hall. I got fired from that, you know, I worked in the weight room in my dorm in college! Just cleaning up the weights…
Stacey: Wiping down the weights…
Chris: Spotting people when they needed…exactly. I worked…the very last job I had, and when you’re kind of in the performing arts you eventually just drift over to waiting tables because that’s the job you can do. You don’t need a lot of training and you can pick up quick cash and…
Chuck: And you need your days typically open.
Chris: Right, right. I worked at an Olive Garden, I worked at an Applebees, I worked at a rib joint. My very last job ever, I worked at Disney in Orlando! I worked at the Whispering Canyon Cafe inside the Wilderness Lodge in Orlando.
Stacey: Oh wow! Magical!
Chris: Yeah, until they fired me.
Chuck: You get fired a lot!
Stacey: How long did that little…
Stacey: This is the glamorous life!
Chuck: That’s why he liked voice-over work because nobody fires him for…
Chris: Yeah, this is the only one that’s worked!
Stacey: Did you not secure the plate to your hand or how did that work?
Chris: This was actually a hard job to get fired from…but I cracked that code. Yeah.
Chuck: You cracked the code!
Stacey: You’re so tenacious!
Chris: Yes, yes, I like…at that job they wanted you to kind of be a performer, you know?
Chris: Here at the Whispering Canyon Cafe it’s very cowboy, it’s very Wild West and you know, you sing songs and you tell stories and they want you to do your accent and dress up like a cowboy. And I would miss work…like I booked a job on Seaquest DSV, that was my SAG job. That was in Orlando. I booked that job so I couldn’t make it into work. I was late the day they planned on firing me…so they said yeah, look, you missed this day, you missed that day, you were absent here and then you’re late for your own firing…
Chuck: And you said “True”
Chris: Yeah, and a security guard escorted me off. Yeah, by God you’re doing the right thing, buddy!
Chuck: Hey, that’s all we have with Chris Edgerly Part 1! We’re gonna be back next week with part 2, so check it out!
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