BIO & RESUME
“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 Starring Jimmy Fallon”, “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and “Saturday Night Live.” Itʼs the 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 Today, the “Voice of God” announce, literally an industry standard since the advent of television, has more often been replaced by the friendly, chill “guy next door”, the “audio blogger”, that makes you feel like youʼre hanging with a good friend.
Thatʼs what Steve Mackall does. He makes the impossible, possible.
He takes an established and accepted belief like, “Kids hate bedtime” and turns it into “Kids canʼt wait to crash!”
Steve did exactly this with “The Blanket Show”, a half-hour animated pilot he created for MTM Entertainment.
As writer/producer/songwriter, Steveʼs 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 Steveʼs original songs performed by Randy Travis, Taj Mahal, Rosemary Clooney and Cece Winans among others.
Shortly thereafter, Steveʼs “anythingʼs possible!” attitude got him thinking, “Hey! My uncles got a barn. Lets write a movie!” In Hollywood everyone from the cable guy to a checker at Ralphʼs has a screenplay yet, a couple months later, Steve and frequent collaborator/friend Will Aldis, had written the mob comedy “Avenging Angelo,” sold it and were in production with an A-List cast including, Madeleine Stowe, Anthony Quinn, and Sylvester Stallone. Another of Steve and Will’s Comedy/Drama screenplays, ʻStealing Carsʼ recently wrapped production in New York and is slated for a 2014 theatrical release. The cast Includes William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Emory Cohen and John Leguizamo with Director Bradley Kaplan at the helm and ‘Dallas Buyers Club’s’ Rachel Winter producing.
Steveʼs joyous ability to manifest the impossible took flight yet again while writing and directing the hilarious mockumentary film, “Sad Ass Desert Dogs: The Mystery of Jay Dee Rock,” described as “ʼSpinal Tapʼ meets ʻNashvilleʼ with a Who- Done-It thrown in.” With a snug budget, it should have been done with musician friends who owed him but, in true Mackall fashion, Steve asked some of the greatest musicians in the world to star in it. And “Why not?! Itʼll be fun!” Today The Sad Ass Desert Dogs is 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, Jeff Beck), 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 Steve Mackallʼs achievements to date has been his solo show, ʻWherever I Go, There we Are,” a series of sound-designed stories that had audiences laughing and crying and jumping to a standing ovation every night. Steveʼs impeccable ear and uncanny timing allowed him to tell his soulful stories flawlessly, hitting every sound cue intricately woven throughout the masterfully scored piece. Itʼs one of the reasons the Los Angeles Times labeled the Cleveland native “The man who can do the impossible.”
His follow-up ʻThe LAF Supper,ʼ due Fall 2014 will no doubt be a must-see for all lovers of true artistry, touching stories and crazy fun. Itʼs Steveʼs trademark, that impossible combination of comedy, drama and soul.
Whether its voicing commercials, hilariously hosting live shows and benefits or making strangers laugh in line at Whole Foods, this talented, likable founder of The Writers Bloc continues to follow his heart right into yours.
Steve has won numerous awards in commercial and broadcast Advertising, been honored for his charitable work with the American Red Cross and Athletes and Entertainers For Kids, was the recipient of HBO’s “Comic Of The Airwaves” Award and a Finalist in the 15th Annual American Songwriters Competition.
CLIENTELE (Partial List)
Time Warner Cable
Soft & Dry
Kellogg's Fruits Loops
Nemours Children's Hospital
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Jack In The Box
Fibar Snack Bar (Randolph Beaver)
Toyota of Wilmington
Northfield Park Racetrack
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Disney Character Voices
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Saturday Night Live
NBC Must See TV
Last Call with Carson Daly
Wheel of Fortune
Malcolm In The Middle
The Steve Harvey Show
Koo Koo Luke Productions
Disney Worldwide Creative
Arnold Shapiro Productions
American Red Cross
Access Purchasing Network