Animaniacs: Zany to the Max

Get up close and personal with the “An-i-mane-ie” and “totally insane-ie” crew of Animaniacs in Concert when they play The Lincoln Center on February 8th! Performed by the original series composer Randy Rogel and accompanied by the voice talents of Rob Paulsen (Yakko), Jess Harnell (Wakko) and Maurice LaMarche (Brain from Pinky and the Brain), you won’t need a time machine to go back and enjoy this beloved 90s cartoon which featured songs and sketches that pushed the boundaries of comedy.

“Being able to do that music live is a huge gift,” says Rob Paulsen, a prolific voice actor known for Yakko and many more cartoon characters spanning from the 80s to today. “We’re not a tribute band, we’re the real deal,” Paulsen says of the live performance.

“It’s an iconic show,” says Paulsen. “Twenty-five years later, kids love it because they stream it, adults love it because they watched it growing up, and grandparents love it because they remember watching it with their kids.”

Animaniacs in Concert is a fun and unique experience because the audience gets to watch the voice actors perform live while the cartoon characters are projected on the big screen behind them. Even better, these Emmy-winning favorite songs are accompanied by Wes Kenney and the CSU University Symphony Orchestra.

“Folks enjoy the music and I often see them singing along. When we perform songs in real time to match the screen, the audience goes nuts! I’ll be singing with the live orchestra and giant screen Yakko will be singing with the music and the vocals all coming directly from the stage. It’s a pretty cool parlor trick. The audience really enjoys it — almost as much as Randy and me,” says Paulsen.

The audience also gets to experience music that didn’t make it into the show. “One of my favorite parts of the show is getting to see the looks on people’s faces when they hear a song that didn’t make it in the show. The songs that didn’t make it in are utterly as remarkable as the ones that did and won Randy all those Emmys,” says Paulsen.

So just sit back and relax, you’ll laugh ’til you collapse for the An-i-man-i-acs! Seats from $20 at

The LC’s (Not So) Favorite Holiday Songs

Here at the LC, we traditionally like to share our favorite holiday songs, but this year we thought it would be fun to mix it up by sharing some songs that skirt the edge of our naughty list. The LC loves the holiday season, but everyone can agree that there is at least one song you can’t stand to hear this time of year. Here are ours!


Dogs Barking Jingle Bells


Victoria: Don’t call me a hater. I love dogs as much as any other good Coloradan does, but can anyone actually claim they “enjoy” listening to dogs bark? NO!!! There is a reason that “animal disturbance of the peace” was drafted into the City of Fort Collins Municipal Code. Seriously, how did this song ever become a thing?  (Ok, when that bass hound really nails his part, it does make me smile a little…but the rest is pretty ruff.)


Do You Hear What I Hear?


Alison: If you mean a bad song, then yeah, I do. I hear a brutally repetitive song that my brother just loved to holler at me when I was growing up.


The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)


Taylor: I think the Chipmunks are so cute but I’m set for the rest of the season after hearing this song just once. The voice and repetitiveness really grate on my ears after awhile.


Feliz Navidad


Jill: It’s a love/hate relationship with the Christmas song “Feliz Navidad”. When my husband and I were raising the kids (six total-all close in age!) and we would all be traveling together in the van, this song would come on the radio at Christmas-time when they all had presented us with multiple lists for Christmas presents that ranged into the thousands of dollars.

So, instead of signing “Feliz Navidad” to the radio… all at once they sang a mondegreen (a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of hearing a lyric & substituting other words that sound similar and make some kind of sense.) So, in unison, they would all sing “Please mom-n-dad” to “Feliz Navidad” i.e. “Paaaal’eeeese Mom-n’-Dad”, “Paaaal’eeeeese Mom-n’-Dad” to beg for their Christmas gifts.

If you listen to it carefully it sounds exactly like “Feliz Navidad”. It became a joke, and still is today, but reminds me of how broke we were in those days with such a huge family.


The Christmas Shoes


Rachael: I get it—it tugs on the heartstrings, but really, the guy did one good deed and felt the need to write an entire song about it. Also, I like to think the whole thing was a scam.


Text Me Merry Christmas


Jack: Love those involved but can’t stand the song – Sorry!


Santa Baby


Ryan: No matter who signs it, it always annoys me. I just don’t like how the song is written.


Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer


Liz: It is just horrible and stupid. It is like fingers on a blackboard for me.

Robin: It gets played endlessly and was unfunny the first time. I’m not a huge fan of Frosty either, but at least it doesn’t have a fake Southern accent. Ick. I like Christmas songs that are either traditional or celebrate the beauty of winter.


Santa Claus is Coming to Town


Lex: It’s creepy. “He sees you while you’re sleeping“…


12 Days of Christmas


Victoria: We get it, the name of the song is 12 Days of Christmas, but does it actually have to take 12 loooong days for this song to play start to finish?  The line at the DMV and global warming both move faster than this little ditty. Plus, only toddlers enjoy repetition on a scale this grand.

Hey every store that force feeds us holiday music while we shop, please keep the leaping lords and milking maids to yourself!

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that everyone over the age of four would prefer to listen to nails on a chalkboard over this holiday delight.

(Note: this shade is only for the traditional version of this song —­ fun-poking versions by folks like Bob and Doug McKenzie and Straight No Chaser are exempt.)

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