NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza welcomes comedian and actor Michael Winslow to our 2021 holiday shopping event. Happening Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 26-28, 2021 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center, Michael will be signing autographs, taking photos, and making noises with his mouth.
Winslow is billed as The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects for his ability to make realistic sounds using only his voice. He is best known for his roles in all seven Police Academy films as Larvell Jones. He has also appeared in Spaceballs, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, Cheech and Chong’s Nice Dreams, and Gremlins, as well as many others. In 2021, he made it into the Semi-finals of the America’s Got Talent TV program. Following the airing of his audition, he had a guest appearance on the Talent Recap Show where he showed viewers how to make some of his most signature noises. Winslow made it all the way to the semi-finals.
According to his own account, Michael Winslow had few friends growing up. To pass time, he would imitate the sounds of engines, animals, flatulence, and anything else that made noise. Following his high school and college periods, he performed in nightclubs and theaters, where his sound imitation skills won him positive appraisal and enough money to move to and perform his act in Hollywood. His first television appearance was on The Gong Show in which he squeezed in sound-alikes of Benji the movie dog, Star Trek, and Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”.
He is best known for his role as Larvell Jones in the Police Academy series of movies and TV shows. He was cast in the role after he was seen opening for Count Basie. In 1985, Island Records released a 12″ of Michael Winslow entitled “I Am My Own Walkman”. The song peaked at number 60 in Australia. In 1986, Winslow presented the Best Sound Effects Editing Oscar to Charles L. Campbell and Robert Rutledge for their work on Back to the Future. In 1987, Winslow appeared as a radar operator in the movie Spaceballs, in which he performs all the sound effects during his scene himself. Mel Brooks (who wrote, directed, produced, and co-starred in the film), stated that by doing so, Winslow saved the film money. Winslow has hosted the motion-picture television series called “Way Back Wednesday with Winslow” on the cable superstation WGN America, which features movies mostly released in the 1980s. He continues to perform stand-up comedy around the globe.
Michael Winslow is also a motivational speaker. In addition, he debuted his own iPhone and iPod Touch apps in 2010, bringing his sound effects and comedy to a mobile platform. That’sKungFu generates Winslow’s kung fu fighting sounds when the device is swung in a fighting motion. NoizeyMan, billed as the “World’s Noiziest App”, contains video, ringtones, sound effects, and mini games, all created by Winslow. In 2011, Winslow worked with Orlando, Florida-based game development studio Phyken Media on a mobile game for iOS and Android platforms entitled Wizard Ops Chapter 1, providing all the sound effects for the game. He also lent his voice on Wizard Ops Tactics, a turn-based tactical game and spiritual successor to the previous game. He was also featured in a commercial for GEICO Insurance during their “we hired a celebrity” ad campaign.