BIO & RESUME

STEVE MACKALL

“The Man Who Can Do The Impossible”
The Los Angeles Times

Every night on NBC, you can hear the voice of Steve Mackall promoting the “Tonight Show”, “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live.”  It’s the very same voice that created a revolutionary, new sound that changed the attitude and tone of promotional announcers throughout the nation.  Today, the “Voice of God” announce, literally an industry standard since the advent of television, has more often been replaced by the friendly, hip “guy next door”, the “audio blogger”, that makes you feel like you’re hanging out with your best friend.
That’s what Steve Mackall does. He makes the impossible, possible.

He takes an established and accepted belief like, “All kids hate bedtime” and turns it into “All kids can’t wait to go to bed!” He did exactly this with “The Blanket Show”, a half-hour animated pilot for MTM Entertainment. As writer/producer/songwriter, Steve’s hip, irreverent, yet simultaneously enchanting and game changing approach to this nighttime ritual did for bedtime what Sesame Street did for learning, made it fun!  “The Blanket Show” starring Forest Whitaker and David Hyde Pierce features six of Steve’s original songs performed by Randy Travis, Taj Mahal, Rosemary Clooney and Cece Winans among others.

Shortly thereafter, Steve’s “anything’s possible!” attitude got him thinking, “Hey! My uncle’s got a barn. Let’s write a movie!” In Hollywood everyone from the cable guy to a checker at Ralph’s has a screenplay yet, a couple of months later, Steve had co-written the mob comedy “Avenging Angelo,” sold it and was in production with an A-List cast including, Madeleine Stowe, Anthony Quinn, and Sylvester Stallone. (P.S. More impossibilities are becoming possible every day in Steve’s  feature film world so stay tuned for updates!)

Steve’s joyous ability to manifest the impossible took flight again while writing the hilarious, mockumentary film, “Sad Ass Desert Dogs: The Mystery of Jay Dee Rock,” described as “’Spinal Tap’ meets ‘Nashville’ with a Who-Done-It thrown in.” With virtually no budget, it should have been done with musician friends who owed him but, in true Mackall style, Steve tracked down and asked some of the greatest musicians in the world to star in it.  And “Why not?!  It’ll be fun!” Today The Sad Ass Desert Dogs it’s a critically acclaimed web-series starring Steve, Danny Nucci and the incomparable Lee Sklar (Lyle Lovett, James Taylor, Phil Collins), Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Herbie Hancock, Faith Hill), Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills & Nash), Mark Campbell (Huey Lewis, ZZ Top, Michael McDonald) and Brian Otto (Brian Wilson, Monty Python, Weird Al Yankovic). 

Perhaps the greatest of all Steve Mackall’s achievements to date has been his solo show, ‘Wherever I Go, There we Are,” a series of sound-designed stories that had audiences laughing and crying and jumping to a standing ovation night after night. Steve’s impeccable ear and uncanny timing allowed him to tell his soulful stories flawlessly, hitting every sound cue intricately woven throughout the masterfully scored piece. It’s why the Los Angeles Times labeled the Cleveland native  “The man who can do the impossible.”

His follow-up ‘The LAF Supper,’ will, no doubt, be a must-see for all lovers of true artistry, touching stories and crazy fun. It’s Steve’s trademark, that impossible combination of comedy and drama and soul.

Whether it’s giving voice to a panda bear, hilariously hosting live shows and benefits or making strangers laugh in line at the grocery store, this talented, likable founder of The Writers Bloc continues to follow his heart right into yours.



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AT&T
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Panda Express
Goodyear Tires
McDonald's
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Colgate Toothpaste
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Jiffy Lube
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Northfield Park Racetrack
Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Disney Character Voices

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Unhappily Ever After
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