Ellen McLain, the voice behind the murderous artificial intelligence GLaDOS from the Portal series, and her husband, John Patrick Lowrie, who voices The Sniper from the game Team Fortress 2, are nothing if not adorable.
The celebrity of the characters they portray may not be readily apparent for the minority of Americans who don’t play video games. But the games they have worked on have won multiple British Academy Awards (the UK Academy Awards have a video game category), sold out 10,000-seat stadium esports events in under an hour, and raked in hundreds of millions of dollars annually for at least one of their publishers. Ellen and John, and their decade-spanning body of work, are at the epicenter of the video game voice acting universe. During a recent recording session at a dimly lit Seattle studio, the couple gave me a demonstration of how they work.
First I want to give a quick shout out to Chris Hardwick and his assistant Monica for their quick responses in making this happen quickly and efficently! We had contact with Chris on Thursday afternoon and had all arrangements taken care of for the live show on Friday, nice work!
To put it plainly, The Nerdist podcast is one of the top podcasts in iTunes with a listener base of around 200,000 people. Needless to say, Chris Hardwick knows how to draw a crowd, both online, and in the real world. The show is usually weekly and revolves around the idea of what it really means to be a nerd. Along with Chris as the lead host, the show is usually co-hosted with Jonah Ray and Matt Mira.
Myself, I have co-hosted hundreds of hours of interviewsand shows on my own podcast network, so I feel I can, with a little authority say, The Nerdist is definetely one of the best podcasts out there and deserves it’s spot in the number one rankings!
The Nerdist podcast is actually part of the Nerdist Network which was also formed by Hardwick. At the site, you’ll find a massive amount of stuff that’s bound to cause geeks and nerds alike to nerdgasm on themselves.. whatever that means.
ELLEN AND JOHN SING FOR A LIVE SOLD OUT CROWD
Ellen and her husband(author, actor, and musician) John Patrick Lowrie had a complete blast hanging out at the 9:30 club in Washington DC. They played/sang on stage for a live sold out audience of around 700+ people, Ellen singing lead and John(with banjo in hand) as backup.
Whats more, this wasn’t just your average group of people, these were our people! Nerds, Geeks, whatever you classify yourself as these days, there didn’t seem to be any complaints about the amazing show that was put on Friday night.
As seen in the above video, Ellen sang both “Want You Gone” from Portal 2 and “Still Allive” from Portal 1. The crowd seemed to have loved every minute of it and even joined in on the lyrics for certain parts. Both songs ended with thunderous applauds from all over the club.
THE NERDIST WAY
On top of being an amazing entertainer, Chris has also written a book called “The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life). I have actually picked up a copy myself and I have to say, Chris has a blunt comedic way of explaining the minds of all of us nerds/geeks out there that is almost freaky in the aspect of how close to the mark he understands the thought processes of what makes us lovers of all things geek, tick! I highly recommend it based on what I’ve read so far.
I would like to personally invite everyone to listen to this talk I’m having with Samantha. We all know what it is like to be a fan of someone or something we love or admire, yet not everyone has the guts to do what this amazing girl has done, such as really put ourselves out there for the world to see.
I get insane amounts of fan mail to go through all week long for Ellen, as you can imagine it can get tedious at times. Part of what I do for my clients like Ellen is sort through mail involving fans, trolls, and spam. Ellen gets very little troll mail, but tons of spam and tons of fan mail. Lots of fan made videos, lots of fan made audio, pictures, you name it, I’ve probably seen it/heard it, but Samantha put together a video in which she opens up her heart and really speaks to not just Ellen, but all of the fans out there. I know for me personally, it reminded me what it is like to be a fan of someone/something.
When is the last time you opened yourself up and exposed yourself to something you loved or admired? I think we can all learn something from this young beautiful canadian fan girl, don’t you?
I was granted access to GMXv3 in Nashville TN this past weekend , and we had a blast. I got to meet amazing people and interviewed some awesome folks about their work in movies and video games. In this episode, you’ll hear my interviews on the floor of GMX with actress Sonya Thompson about her work in ZombieLand and The Walking Dead, actor John Patrick Lowrieabout his voice over work in games such as HALO: ODST and Half Life 2, plus his advice to people that want to pursue a career in the arts.