Mary Mack adds voice to FOX / ADHD’s “Golan the Insatiable”

Mary Mack
Mary Mack

Years ago a tiny girl walked into the Tuesday open mic at the Bar Car in Cummins Station carrying a large case and asked in a thick Minnesota accent, “um, is it okay if I play my trombone as part of my act?” Everything about her was hilarious, right off the bat. “Do whatever you want,” was the answer Mary Mack heard.

In the hey day of the Bar Car show, there were two or three working, traveling comics going up every week and about 8-10 local comics who would bring really experimental, hilarious new stuff almost every week in an attempt to out-do each other. Her first time up, Mary’s set was the highlight of the night. Over the next three to four months, she returned every week and had a new five minutes that floored everyone. She recorded those sets and self-released her first album, titled “funny.” Mary packed up a PA system and a tent and embarked upon a cross-country tour doing guest sets at every comedy club she could talk her way into, staying at KOA campgrounds to save money. She booked a lot of weeks of work on the spot and by the end of the run had become a full time, working comedian.

Mary has since recorded two more albums – “Either You Wake Up Or You Don’t” and “Pinch Finger Girl: a tragedomedy”, appeared on the Bob and Tom Radio Show, XM / Sirius, the Vancouver Comedy Fest (2007), HBO’s Andy Kaufman Awards (2007), Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival (2009), and in 2011 was selected for the San Francisco Sketch Fest’s “Dozen,” 12 up and coming headliners performing at the Punch Line throughout the fest.

While performing at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival in 2009, she was seen by Nick Weidenfeld who thought, “This woman’s voice is amazing, and it’s not a put-on. Her voice cut through everything else — so I wrote her name down six years ago and thought, ‘If there’s ever the right cartoon for her, she needs to be the voice of a cartoon.'” Mr. Weidenfeld is currently the head of FOX’s new Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) programming block and Executive Producer of the new animated series “Golan the Insatiable,” which starts Jan. 11th, 2014. Mary Mack has been cast as the voice of Dylan, a young girl whose best friend is a fearsome monster named Golan in the show.

Comedian Mary Mack voices the character Dylan in the new Fox animated series, Golan the Insatiable.  ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF: While supposedly babysitting Dylan, left, Golan becomes distracted by his new friends in the special preview episode of GOLAN THE INSATIABLE, "Ragin' Fun," airing Saturday, Nov. 23 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) on FOX.
Comedian Mary Mack voices the character Dylan in the new Fox animated series, Golan the Insatiable.

“Dylan’s in an angry phase,” says Mary, who now splits her time between Minneapolis and Los Angeles. “She’s probably always going to be angry. She doesn’t fit in in the town she’s from, which is a suburb of [Minneapolis] called Oak Grove. “Golan the Insatiable” is about a “mighty godlord from an alternate universe” who shows up in a small town and befriends Dylan, a young girl going through an angry phase.

“Her voice is so seemingly cute, but she was able to sell kind of a sinister sound without compromising the cuteness of the voice,” says “Golan the Insatiable” creator Josh Miller. “We knew we didn’t want her to be full on Wednesday Adams. We wanted her to have real energy and she was able to bring that.”

Mary has been trying to get more acting work and spend less time on the road. She’s been busying herself with acting and improv classes, writing and trying to get published. “I’m always trying to stay tuned to an opportunity that presents itself. Being ready for the opportunities is the time-consuming thing. Some people are all about you have to create your own opportunities and all these motivational sayings, but I don’t think I’m any good at creating my own opportunities. I’ve just been having good accidents happen.”

Here’s the GOLAN THE INSATIABLE trailer:

In a special preview episode of GOLAN THE INSATIABLE, “Ragin’ Fun,” Golan becomes distracted by his new friends while supposedly babysitting Dylan (Mary Mack). Check out the preview Saturday, Nov. 23 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) on FOX.

Read more about what Mary is up to at‘s story “Minneapolis comedian nabs big gig in animated Fox series,” where several of these quotes originated.

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Nate Bargatze’s 2nd Late Night with Jimmy Fallon appearance – Nov. 8, 2013

Nashville’s own Nate Bargatze made his second Late Night with Jimmy Fallon appearance, along with guests Natalie Portman and Taye Diggs. While intro’ing Nate, Jimmy Fallon revealed that Nate’s June 13th appearance on Late Night went so well that NBC signed him to a development deal! Here’s video of Nate’s set:

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Nashville Scene: “You better open that door before Nashville’s burgeoning comedy scene beats it down”

nashville scene cover May 30, 2013

Cool! The Nashville Scene’s current cover story is an overview of our “scrappy community of local comedians” in Nashville called, “You better open that door before Nashville’s burgeoning comedy scene beats it down.” It’s fantastic. Thanks to Lance Conzett and everybody else involved! Here’s an excerpt:

Once a town that was considered notoriously hard to crack by touring comedians, Music City seems to have developed a sense of humor in recent years — and with it, a legitimate comedy scene. As Zanies celebrates 30 years as a beacon for comedy in the South, a new club downtown is becoming a comedy hub, and a scrappy community of local comedians is on the verge of breaking out.

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Sean Maloney’s “Looking for Comedy in Nashville” piece on SplitSider

SplitSider article about Nashville comedy

SplitSider article about Nashville comedy
Sean Maloney poked around Nashville comedy a little bit a while back and wrote a thing he calls his “epic, unflinching portrait of Nashville comedy” for SplitSider.

While I appreciate him for writing this and for including me, even one mention of random idiots like this Lynn person is probably too many in a piece that doesn’t mention Keith Alberstadt or Tim Northern. It’s like Last Comic Standing putting the guy in the chicken suit on screen and letting him speak while touring comics were only visible for a second as the camera panned across the room. Thanks to Mr. Maloney for plugging though.

This line sums the piece up pretty well: “Nashville comics are great, but socially inept for the most part. They’re lovely people but – ” says [Kendra] Corrie. “They just can’t get it together to be supportive in the way that I think that they would if they just weren’t afraid of human touch.”

Read the entire thing here: Looking for Comedy in Nashville

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Mike Salva’s animations (featuring Sean Parrott & Ryan Williams) win awards and development deals at NYTVF


NEW YORK, NY – The New York Television Festival was held September 19-24, 2011. Nashville animator Mike Salva left the festival with three development deals for his comedic animation work, more than any other artist received at the festival this year.

The New York Television Festival provides unprecedented access for emerging television artists looking to showcase new and innovative ideas for television programming.

Bing “Decisions” Project

NYTVF teamed up with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Ben Silverman’s Electus studio to develop a new show created by a member of the NYTVF community. Mike Salva’s cartoon “Death Row Diet” won this competition, receiving a $25,000 development deal.

“Death Row Diet” stars Jonathan Katz (best known for Comedy Central’s “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist”) and Tom Leopold (who wrote episodes for “Seinfeld”, “Cheers”, “Will & Grace”, others) about a man who is on death row and Weight Watchers.

MTV’s “Voice and Vision” Awards

MTV offered two development deals at the television festival for comedic animation submissions. The awards, each valued at $5,000, were to be presented to an outstanding comedic writer (“Voice”) and animator (“Vision”). Although the awards could have been given to separate entrants, NYTVF gave both awards to Mike Salva for his “Pound Dogs” cartoon.

“Pound Dogs” was a 100% Nashville-based production, with Nashville standup comedians Ryan Williams and Sean Parrott in the lead roles. Williams and Parrott play comedic cartoon dogs that live in an animal shelter. The cast also includes Andy Merrill (Brak from Adult Swim’s “Space Ghost Coast to Coast”; “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”), Samantha Newark (best known as Jem & Jerrica on the 80s animated series “Jem”) and Nashville filmmaker/singer/producer Steve Taylor.

More information about the New York Television Festival can be found at More information about Salva’s animation work can be found at Find Ryan Williams online at and Sean Parrott can be reached on Facebook.