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An Invisible Celebrity: The Life of Voice Actor Tom Kenny — aka SpongeBob SquarePants

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Yep, of course, SpongeBob SquarePants. But the voice behind SpongeBob — actor and comedian Tom Kenny — lives on land, and visited Galveston recently for the opening of Moody Gardens’ Ice Land exhibit, which features some 900 tons of ice sculptures – including a number of SpongeBob […]

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Yep, of course, SpongeBob SquarePants.

But the voice behind SpongeBob — actor and comedian Tom Kenny — lives on land, and visited Galveston recently for the opening of Moody Gardens’ Ice Land exhibit, which features some 900 tons of ice sculptures – including a number of SpongeBob characters.

Houston Matters’ Michael Mann catches up with Kenny to talk about his now 15-year-long experience voicing the original absorbent, yellow, porous self-confessed goofy goober.

Michael began by asking him what’s behind the lasting appeal of SpongeBob and about the life of a voice actor.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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