Known as “the man of 1,000 voices,” you’ve undoubtedly heard some of Mel Blanc’s characters. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig are but a few voices on his unparalleled resume. He was so ingrained in his craft, according to his son, he responded as Bugs Bunny after waking up from a coma.
Call it dedication or truly getting into character, Mel Blanc’s first words after recovering from a coma was Bugs Bunny’s classic “Yeah, what’s up doc?” Mel Blanc’s son, Noel Blanc, told the tale in an interview with Fox News. After the outlet asked Blanc about an accident his father suffered in 1961, he explained everything in great detail.
“He had just finished a recording session in San Francisco. They loved these 10-second commercials, so he did a ton of those.” Blanc continued, saying “He had another recording session in Hollywood. He was driving. He usually called as soon as he got to his location, but my mother didn’t hear from him. It was very unusual of him not to call. She got very upset. I was at a friend’s house at the time and she called the police. She then called me and we both immediately went to UCLA.”
Noel went on, saying a college kid crashed into him head-on. The student broke every bone in Mel Blanc’s body, leaving him in a coma for 14 days. He never responded to the doctor’s calls until the physician had a crazy idea. “So finally, he said, ‘Bugs, can you hear me?’ Believe it or not – and I was there with my mom – he responds in character, ‘Yeah, what’s up doc?’ I was stunned.”
After recuperating, Blanc continued to voice act, even while in a full-body cast. I guess some of that Looney Tunes resiliency rubbed off on him.
‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Was Baffled by Wile E. Coyote Invention Idea
Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings is intelligent, to say the least. Wile E. Coyote of the Looney Tunes is not. While watching an old episode with the iconic animal, Jennings couldn’t help but roast it for one of his invention ideas.
Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I always used to root for Wile. E Coyote. Just once I wanted to see him succeed but never did. Then again, looking at Ken Jennings’ tweet regarding one of his inventions, I can kind of see why it never happened.
“Normally I think Wile E. Coyote knows what he’s doing but how on earth would this make you popular,” Jennings quipped. I must admit, an explosive camera kit probably wouldn’t make you popular at parties, despite the blueprints assuring you otherwise. I also doubt the coyote wanted to be friends with the roadrunner anyway.
In hindsight, with ideas like this, I guess Wile E. got what was coming to him.