A cop with an assitude

By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 9, 2008

Both characters — as well as several other minor roles — are voiced by Larry Murphy, a protean, preternaturally gifted voice actor from Abington.

Further cementing the show’s uniquely New England–bent vision is Worcester’s own H. Jon Benjamin, who plays Exeter’s corrupt and buffoonish mayor. Benjamin is best known, among many other projects, for his work on Dr. Katz and his radio comedy with WFMU’s Tom Scharpling.

The show’s New England accent is something its creators explicitly sought out. Assy’s sultry sax intro comes courtesy of Morphine’s Dana Colley. Guest voices this coming season will include the guys from Dropkick Murphys and SNL alum Rachel Dratch, a native of Lexington.

And even though the city of Boston probably permanently reduced its coolness quotient thanks to the Mooninite madness of January 2007 — after which Turner Broadcasting was compelled to fork over $2 million to reimburse the city for its overreaction — Assy McGees’s Masshole sensibility sits just fine with the higher-ups at Adult Swim.

Clambake Animation is a production company with strong local roots — and one that intends to keep celebrating them. Adams says the hope is to do “more stuff about New England,” celebrating “culty” local institutions like Jordan’s Furniture and Herb Chambers.

In the meantime, Clambake animators will keep churning out their flagship show about a talking ass. And they’ll keep running up against the geographical insularity of studio people in New York and LA. Adams recalls a conversation he had not long ago with an exec in Manhattan.

“A 617 area code? Where’s that?”

“Uh, Boston.”

“Ohhhh, that’s adorable.”

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