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‘Animaniacs Live!’ comes to LIU Tilles Center in Brookville

Yakko (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is part of

Yakko (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is part of "Animanics Live!" at Tilles Center. Credit: Animaniacs in Concert

Rob Paulsen knows all too well how to deliver loony tunes and merry melodies.

As the voice of Yakko, one of the cartoon crazies on the Steven Spielberg-produced Looney Tunes throwback “Animaniacs,” Paulsen not only got to kid around and deliver laughs that hark back to the days of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, but he performed a number of comical songs that became a hallmark of the 1990s series. Now he’s back for an encore in the concert “Animaniacs Live!” at Tilles Center in Brookville on Saturday, which also will feature composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created the show’s songs.

“It’s a concert but also a chance to hear the stories about how the songs were created, songs that didn’t make it to the show and to learn the process of how this relatively iconic show was created,” he says. “I’m living a cartoon dream.”

Millennials who grew up on “Animaniacs” — which is slated for a reboot on Hulu in 2020 — can introduce their kids to such musical gems as “When You’re Traveling From Nantucket,” about the concept of time, and “Yakko’s World,” in which Paulson — in character — names all of the world’s nations.

“Now we have a new lyric dealing with most of the new countries that have sprung up as a result of the dissolution of the Soviet Union,” Paulsen says.


One of the high points, the voice actor says, is when “Animaniacs” clips — sans audio — are played on a screen behind the orchestra.

“We do a few songs in which I perform the vocal portion of the music in real time, so it’s in sync with the little critter on the screen, and it’s pretty fun,” Paulsen says.

After the concert, he and Rogel will participate in a 30-minute Q&A with the audience, one of Paulsen’s favorite parts of the show. Questions might range from “What’s your favorite song?” to “Can I have a hug?,” which a little girl asked of one of the performers.

“These characters affect people on such a level that often supersedes anything to do with money, ratings or action figures,” Paulsen says. “It’s just a pure expression of love. That’s why we love to do the Q&A.”


Paulsen, who grew up on a television diet of Looney Tunes and Rocky and Bullwinkle, had a similar hero-worship moment when he met his childhood idol, Mel Blanc — “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” the most famous being Bugs Bunny — while making 1990’s “Jetsons: The Movie.”“I mustered up my courage to talk to him. Here was my childhood embodied in one little old Jewish man,” Paulsen says. “I said, ‘Mr. Blanc, it’s a pleasure to meet you.’ . . . Then I said, like everyone else who’s breathing, ‘I’m a big fan. If it’s not too much trouble . . . ’ and before I got it out of my mouth, he said ‘What’s up, Doc?’ It was like an epiphany — what he just did and what it gave me — that’s what I want to do.”

‘Animaniacs Live!’

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at LIU’s Tilles Center, Brookville

INFO 800-745-3000,

TICKETS $35-$65

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