Let’s lay out the Adam Reed facts. He loves gin in the summer, bourbon in the winter. He used to get lit at work while creating shows for Cartoon Network. He doesn’t think Ray Gillette, who he voices on Archer, is on the same level as his fellow voice actors. That whole ISIS thing bummed him out.
One of the most popular Adam Reed anecdotes is about his creation of Archer which involves a canceled show (Frisky Dingo), a long walk across Spain, a notebook full of ideas, the desire to talk to a beautiful woman, a set of James Bond paperbacks, and how to make a cartoon spy a bastard without making him as rapey as Bond is in the books.
Thanks to a Reddit AMA, we learned many things about the Adam Reed life story. He’s got a lot of fears: sharks, cancer, brown recluses, locked-in syndrome, to name a few. He’s also got some great advice for new writers. Write until you’re sick of it and then you know you’re doing it enough.
One of the best Adam Reed stories is how he rolled off a European flight to Atlanta with a massive beard and landed at his sister’s place of work at Turner Broadcasting, reeking of booze. Somehow, he landed a gig which really pissed his sister off because she had to work very hard to get an internship there.
Who is Adam Reed? Part Ray, part Archer, part Killface, part Dr. Virjay? Maybe none. Maybe all. Let’s take a little trip and gather up some Adam Reed trivia before the KGB gets here.
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He Advises Writers to Get Sick of ItPhoto: FX
Redditor lika-sum-boodee asked Reed for a writing tip and got this response. “I would just say that you need to be writing all the time. If you're not sick to death of writing, you're probably not writing enough.”
About his own writing process for Archer, Reed said, “I write all the episodes myself – except for a very few, where I wrote with another writer. I don't really have rules, but the characters' traits usually dictate how they're going to act/react. Yes on the secluded room, but it's usually just my office at home.”Agree or disagree?
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Reed and Future Creative Partner Matt Thompson Were Boozy Co-WorkersPhoto: seat42f
The Flintstones gig gave him the opportunity to take a writing test where Reed ended up creating content for on-air spots. He met fellow merrymaker Matt Thompson and the two of them created High Noon Toons, a three hour programming block featuring two cowboy puppets. The pair were frequently inebriated while working on the show and were reprimanded after they lit a prop set on fire.Agree or disagree?
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Reed Is the Voice of Ray Gillette on ArcherVideo: YouTube
And Ray is the best. Although, Reed doesn’t feel that he’s on par with his co-stars. “I tend not to write very much for Ray because I feel that my voiceover work is nowhere near the level of the rest of the cast,” said in his Reddit AMA.
How he came to voice Ray was a matter of budget. “I didn't really want to do a voice, but we needed a new character (Ray) and since I worked for zero dollars, that made the most sense,” Reed said.Agree or disagree?
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The Show Name for Archer Was Originally DuchessPhoto: FX
Reed and the team changed the name of the series after seeing the opening animation sequence. Duchess, Malory’s beloved dog who overshadowed her own son, would have been the eternal burn for Sterling.Agree or disagree?