Daws Butler Workshop ’76:

More Lessons from the Voice of Yogi Bear!

“I want you to understand the words. I want you to taste the words. I want you to love the words. Because the words are important. But they’re only words. You leave them on the paper, and you take the thoughts and put them into your mind, and then you as an actor recreate them, as if the thoughts had suddenly occurred to you.”—Daws Butler

Now you can audit a real Daws Butler acting workshop!

This is a raw, unedited recording of Daws Butler protégé Joe Bevilacqua (a.k.a. Joe Bev) and fellow Daws students cold reading Butler’s scripts and being taught by their mentor. It was recorded by the then seventeen-year-old Bevilacqua on Thursday, July 29, 1976, in Beverly Hills. The scripts heard in this workshop are published in the books Uncle Dunkle and Donnie and Scenes for Actors and Voices, both published by BearManor Media.

Daws Butler is considered one of greatest voice actors of the twentieth century. Known as the voice of Hanna-Barbera, he spent two decades with the animation production company and originated the voices of many well-known cartoon characters, including Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Huckleberry Hound, and Cap’n Crunch.

Author Biography

Daws Butler was the master of voice. His was the voice behind most of the classic Hanna-Barbera characters: Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quickdraw McGraw, Elroy Jetson, and a hundred others. He also originated the vocal character of Cap’n Crunch and other famous Jay Ward cartoon characters. His significant work with Stan Freberg in the 1950s on The Stan Freberg Show and multimillion-selling records such as “St. George and the Dragonet” are still held in reverence today. He also ran a voice acting workshop for many years. Among his many successful students are Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, and Corey Burton, from Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind.

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Reader Biography

Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev, is primarily known as a radio theater dramatist, but his career has taken him into every aspect of show business, including stage, film, and television, as a producer, director, writer, actor, and even cartoonist. In 1971 his father bought him a cassette recorder, on which he created his first audio story, Willoughby and the Professor, acting all the voices himself at the age of twelve. In 1975 Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many other Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward cartoon characters, dubbed himself Bevilacqua’s personal mentor after hearing a 120-minute cassette of Willoughby improvisations. Since 1980 Bevilacqua has produced many award-winning radio programs for National Public Radio, Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, and others.

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