• Ricky Gervais gets animated for “Family Guy”; Dan Castellaneta gets real for “Parks and Rec”

    Ricky Gervais, busiest (most powerful?) comedy person in the world will drop by the new season of Family Guy to voice the part of a dolphin for an episode titled, “Be Careful What You Wish For.” This is great news for us, but Gervais may be even more excited about the guest gig, since he’s a huge fan of the enormously politically incorrect animation Fox series.

    Family Guy is my favorite show at the moment” Gervais said. “I watch two a night and I’m slightly obsessed. When [creator] Seth MacFarlane phoned me out of the blue and said he was a huge fan, I was delighted. It was such a joy working with the team and I really like the way my character looks too.” Gervais’ character’s name is Billy Finn; he moves into the Family’s town after meeting on a fishing trip.

    Speaking of comedy animation and guest spots, legendary Simpsons voice actor Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson) will pop up in an episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation this season. He’ll join the impressive ranks of past Parks guests like Louis C.K., Will Arnett, Megan Mullally,and Parker Posey; all have made their mark on the show, even if they only appeared a few times. Or one time. Castellaneta will play the role of a talk show host.

    Carrie Andersen

    In addition to writing for Laughspin, Carrie is a graduate student in Austin, Texas, where she researches popular culture, new media, music, and social movements. When not reading or writing in any official capacity, she spends her time playing the drums, watching crappy TV, and eating copious amounts of tacos and barbecue. She also blogs sporadically at carrieandersen.com.

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