Known to millions around the world as the voice of the wise-cracking milk shake Master Shake on Cartoon Networksâ€™ hit show, â€œAqua Teen Hunger Force,â€ Snyder is currently one of the most talented voice actors in the business.
Despite his current success however, the way Snyder landed the role of Master Shake had as much to do with luck as it did talent.
â€œI went to college with a girl who went to high school with Dave Willis (Co-creator of Aqua Teen with Matt Maiellaro),â€ said Snyder, via telephone in Los Angeles. â€œHe called her up, asking if she knew anyone in New York that had a weird voice for the show they were doing and thatâ€™s it. She gave them my name; then I auditioned and the rest is history.â€
While Dave Willis is noted for being the voice of both Carl and Meatwad on Aqua Teen, providing a big part of the showâ€™s humor, many would say that it’s Snyderâ€™s character, Master Shake, which provides the show with the backbone that has led to its success.
Snyderâ€™s comedic influences have also played a huge role in the way Master Shake is portrayed as well.
â€œIâ€™m into old showbiz stuff like Don Rickles, which I think reflects in Master Shake, of course. I always inject little secret nods to my old comedic heroes,â€ said Snyder. â€œFrequently, people will think, â€˜Oh, he made that up,â€™ and Iâ€™ll say, â€˜Well, I kind of stole it from that guy or whatever.â€™â€
Snyder also credits his parents for helping to shape his sense of humor, giving him freedom to express himself and exposing him to a variety of different sources of entertainment when he was young.
â€œMy parents were always very supportive of what I was doing; that always helps,â€ said Snyder. â€œThey never said, â€˜I donâ€™t want you to do this,â€™ or â€˜You canâ€™t do that,â€™ unless I wanted to set the couch on fire or something.
â€œWhen I was growing up, my dad was always watching old W.C. Fields movies and stuff, so I always sort of watched them, too, and I think a lot of my humor comes out of that,â€ said Snyder. â€œThatâ€™s the kind of thing I wouldnâ€™t normally be exposed to if I was watching the things my friends were telling me to watch.â€
Regardless of what anyone says concerning the reasons for the success of Aqua Teen, Snyder believes that it is the unity among everyone involved in the show that has led to its monumental success.
â€œI love being a part of Aqua Teen,â€ said Snyder. â€œI think my favorite part is just being so surprised how popular itâ€™s been. I never thought it would. When we did it the first time, it was like, well, this is really going to be nothing. We were just making this little cartoon for no money and now itâ€™s so enjoyable and amazing to see how into it people are.â€
â€œEveryone at Adult Swim in Atlanta are really nice guys. Dave (Willis) and Matt (Maiellaro) are people who I would be friends with anyway [if he wasnâ€™t on Aqua Teen]. Jay [Aqua Teen Executive Producer and Editor, Jay Edwards] is coming out to LA next week to visit for the weekend and stuff. I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s normal. It sort of is like a family, where weâ€™re genuinely interested in what each other is doing. There really is a comradery between us all. Itâ€™s like weâ€™re just a bunch of weird, super-funny guys hanging out.â€
In addition to Aqua Teen, Snyder also appears on two other cartoon network shows, playing Granny on â€œSquidbillies,â€ a cartoon about a group of squids that live in Georgia and Dr. Wang on â€œMinori-Team,â€ a cartoon about a group of minority superheroes that use their stereotypes to defeat the â€œGreat White Shadow.â€
Snyder also has a podcast available on his website, Eyeofthesnyder.com, that is equally entertaining.
It is this versatility that will undoubtedly play a huge role in the future success of Snyderâ€™s career. Nonetheless, while Snyder himself is happy with the way his career is progressing right now, he knows he still has things to accomplish before he ends his career.
As far as the near future is concerned, Snyder has set some pretty lofty goals for himself.
â€œProbably making 150 to 200 million dollars a year,â€ said Snyder. â€œAnd having a fleet of Lamborghinis, all with the day of the week printed on the hood next to my face, pointing to it that says, â€˜This is my Wednesday car,â€™ unless itâ€™s the Thursday one, then itâ€™ll say Thursday.â€
This article was originally published in May 2006.