Mel Blanc's vocal cords

Here is a video stroboscopy of Mel Blanc's vocal cords as "the man of a thousand voices" does Bugs Bunny, Barney Rubble, Pepé Le Pew, and other favorites. (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)


  1. My first thought was “Ok, so?”, but that was oddly entertaining. Kept expecting Bugs Bunny to come crawling past the vocal chords or something.

  2. The video, while I like it in theory, was too graphic for me… but wow, what a find! Averting my eyes, I really enjoyed listening the audio portion. He was one of a kind!

  3. My wifes grandmother dated him, but turned down a proposal as she did not want to move to California. The bank examiner she ended up married to lost his job in the depression and guess where she ended up moving? Staying friendly my in-laws still have a bunch of rare cells he sent to the kids back when the things were thrown in the trash.

  4. Oops, wife says it was Harry Love that proposed to her, Mel Blank was her grandfathers old friend and peanuckle(sp?) buddy at the old Portland JCC.

  5. Yiftach, the wikipedia article was what messed my spelling up in my head. Portland, what a fun quirky Jewish community, even now.

  6. Re: Naked Lunch. Exactly!

    “Did I ever tell you about the man who taught his asshole to talk? His whole abdomen would move up and down you dig farting out the words. It was unlike anything I ever heard.”

  7. This is fake. Having worked in a gastroenterologist’s office, it’s impossible to talk while an endoscope is down your throat. It’s not even easy to purse one’s lips.

  8. @ Anon #15: This is real. Having never worked in a gastroenterologist’s office, it’s possible to talk with an endoscope down your throat, when it’s ran through your nose smartguy. It’s even easy to purse one’s lips.

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