TV Guide: Of all the characters you've played who do you most relate to?
Patrick Warburton: I guess The Tick, only because I see myself as a superhero. [Laughs]
TV Guide: You're best known for that deadpan delivery that made Puddy so popular…
Warburton: Jeff is certainly a departure [from Puddy]. He's still a guy's guy but at the same time he can be manipulative and calculating. Puddy was very singular and dimensioned, so I try to stay away from things that are exactly that. But, whatever, you know, I've got four kids to put through college.
TV Guide: Do you think Jeff and Audrey would work in real life?
Warburton: Sure, why not. Don't you know couples like them? I think sometimes guys intentionally act borderline retarded.
TV Guide: Your voice is so distinctive — is that something you work on?
Warburton: If I worked on it I would have probably done something useful like learned how to sing and then I'd be in a heavy metal band. [Laughs]
TV Guide: Your voice can be heard on so many different cartoons—The Family Guy, The Venture Bros., Kim Possible and The Emperor's New School. What's the appeal of voice acting?
Warburton: It does keep me busy, but I can just go in and record for an hour or two and be done with it. The door opened years ago. I had the opportunity to do Buzz Lightyear for the TV series, and that same year I read for The Emperor's New Groove. Since then I've been working pretty steadily in voiceover, and it's a lot of fun. I've got four kids, so they all get a kick out of it.
TV Guide: You reunited with Jerry Seinfeld on 2007's Bee Movie….
Warburton: It was a lot of fun. He's elusive, you know? It's not like you get to hang out with Jerry Seinfeld all the time…you just don't.
TV Guide: Do you have a favorite Seinfeld episode?
Warburton: I love the Merv Griffin one. I like the "Second Spitter" episode. Also, of course, "master of my domain."
TV Guide: What makes you laugh?
Warburton: I don't watch any TV shows on a regular basis. Most of what we watch in this house is either on Animal Planet, Discovery, History, Science or National Geographic. But I laughed when I went to see Superbad with my 15-year-old son. I like clever comedies. I thought Napoleon Dynamite was wonderful — it's something you can watch over and over again. And, of course, all the classics — Caddyshack, Stripes, The Three Amigos — I get a chuckle out of them every time.
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