Archer – Interview with Dr. Krieger (Lucky Yates)
Archer Season 3 has just started to air and although fans didn’t get to see Dr. Krieger he is sure to return to the fold soon enough. In the meantime find out what the man behind DR. Krieger, Lucky Yates, had to say:
I know you, along with the amazing Amber Nash (Archer’s Pam Poovey), are part of Atlanta’s “Dad’s Garage Theater Company” improv group. Can you tell us more about what goes on there?
Lucky: Dad’s Garage is the greatest place on the planet. We do improv comedy every weekend of the year (we never close) as well as a full season of originally scripted works generated by the ensemble and our talented friends. I have a degree in theatre (spelled the fancy way!) from Wayne State University in Detroit, and the fact that I spend every weekend on stage in front of an audience is pretty bitchin’. The gang at Dad’s is the funniest and most talented group of folks I’ve ever worked with. They make me laugh every time I’m with them, and I’ve been in this game a long long time.
How does voice acting compare to the live stage?
Lucky: When you’re doing voice over work, you get to dress like you just rolled out of bed (I usually have) and you have the script right in front of you so you don’t have to worry about learning lines. I do improv more than anything else, so I’m always just making up my lines anyway, but you still have to worry about stage pictures and looking good and presenting things for the audience. When I’m in the booth I’m either staring at a script, the microphone or Adam and Casey out in the control room to see if I’m making them happy. Voice over work kicks ass. I highly recommend it.
So, how did you land the role of Dr. Krieger.
Lucky: The lovely and talented Amber Nash is responsible for me getting to come in and read for Krieger. The legend goes that when Adam was finally going to give Krieger some lines (he’s silent in the first 3 episodes) he didn’t know who to cast. He asked Amber if she would recommend anyone and she brought my name up. I had worked with Adam and Matt on Frisky Dingo, so we were already fans of each other. They brought me in, had me record the script for Killing Utne and then we had to wait for approval from the good folks at FX. They gave their blessings and kablam! I was Krieger. Man, I love playing that guy.
Is it something you’d want to get more involved in? Maybe be in a slew of animated shows like Jon Benjamin?
Lucky: If I could make a consistent living voicing characters on animated shows, I would be the happiest person on the planet. Seriously. The. Happiest.
Are there any similarities between Lucky and Krieger?
Lucky: Other than my voice and our love of vans, not so much. I WISH I was a super scientist, but alas, I’m just some ding dong actor from Detroit.
As we saw in the finale of season two, Krieger is clearly a big Rush fan. Are you a fan of Geddy and the boys yourself?
Lucky: When I was a kid, I was more into television and movies than I was music. When all of my pals were starting to get into Van Halen and whoever, I was still into watching Saturday morning cartoons and Monty Python. But in order to fit in, I figured I’d better wear some kind of band button on my jean jacket or I was in for an ass kicking. The band I chose to wear… Rush. True story. Plus Geddy Lee did “Take Off” with the Mckenzie Brothers and that was a comedy album I listened to quite a bit.
Krieger has come up with quite a few crazy inventions. What would be your favorite so far?
Lucky: Awww Pigley.
And lastly, what is your favorite Krieger moment/scene so far in the series?
Lucky: Getting the last line in Season 2 was a pretty huge honor for me. And building Fort Kickass will forever remain a favorite. But honestly, everything Krieger does makes me laugh and is a pleasure to be a part of. Adam Reed is a comedy genius and one of the nicest guys I know. Getting to play the lunatic scientist on the funniest and coolest show on television is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. Seriously.
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