“Yeah, I am me, but I can go in and out of character and it’s real subtle. It’s not like a Dana Carvey thing or a Kevin Pollock when he did the impressions and stuff. It’s like I said, I don’t do a Dr. Phil, but it comes out of a point of view. If I do, it’s taking it to a preposterous end. Like talking about supermodels and how gangly and dinosauric they are, as it leads into Steve-o and, ‘Today we’re on the hunt for supermodels. These bit**es haven’t eaten in three weeks. They’re extremely agitated.’ So yeah, it would be character driven but not overtly so.” Carlos Alazraqui
Argentine American actor, comedian, impressionist and voice actor Carlos Alazraqui was first noticed as the voice behind the character Rocko on “Rocko's Modern Life” (1993-1996) before gaining even more recognition while playing Deputy James Garcia (2003-2008), a racist, sexist, angry and depressed Mexican American and former-Marine, on the Comedy Central series “Reno 911!,” and its film version, "Reno 911!: Miami" (2007). He also provided his voice for the role of Denzel Q. Crocker in “The Fairly OddParents!” (2001-2008).
This 5' 7" player will next be seen in the upcoming films "The Invited" and "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore."
Childhood and Family:
Son of Argentine parents, Carlos Jaime Alazraqui was born on July 20, 1962, in Yonkers, New York, but moved with his family moved to Concord, California. He then moved again to Sacramento, California, and attended Cal State Sacramento, where he began competing in open mic contests.
On when he started to perform stand up comedy, Carlos recalled, “In college, actually. I started in Sacramento State. I was doing a little standup there. I did some mime with the teacher and I got in a comedy duo at a place called the Metro Bar and Grill. Worked on that for about a year then I did some hosting at Laughs Unlimited. And then in ’87, I decided to move to San Francisco.”
Carlos now lives in Los Angeles with his two dogs, Jackie O, a female Labrador Retriever, and Max Bear, a male Sheppard-Akita mix. He is also an avid tennis player and enjoys skydiving.
“I think just the attention, you know, and thinking I could be famous and big and attract women and all those kinda things. It wasn’t necessarily that I would transition to anything worthwhile per se, but then, there was a possibility of sitcoms and all those sort of things and making money while not having a real job...” Carlos Alazraqui
Competing in open mic contests while attending Cal State Sacramento, Carlos Alazraqui won in his fourth year of competing at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and subsequently took his prize money and moved to Los Angeles.
In 1993, Carlos began voicing the title character of the anthropomorphic wallaby named Rocko in Nickelodeon's animated comedy series "Rocko's Modern Life," which aired for four seasons until 1996. He also lent his voice to two episodes of "Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show" and the video games "Top Gun: Fire at Will" (1996), "Soviet Strike" (1996), and "Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker" (1996). He also provided the voice of Casanova in John McIntyre's short animated comedy film "The Kitchen Casanova" (1996).
“It was more difficult than I thought. It took about a good four years. Tom Kenny hit right away. He’s always been brilliant and he hit faster than I did from that show. It took me a long time to get to know the casting directors and gain their trust and do other things. ‘Cat Dog’ was the next thing I did but that took about four years to get to ‘Cat Dog.’” Carlos Alazraqui
Following the demise of "Rocko's Modern Life," Carlos guest starred in the NBC sitcom "Men Behaving Badly," the Kids' WB cartoon series "Detention," and FOX’s teen sitcom "That '70s Show." His voice could also be heard in the animated TV series "Hey Arnold," "Family Guy," "SpongeBob SquarePants," "The Angry Beavers," "CatDog," "The Powerpuff Girls," "Oh Yeah! Cartoons," and "Crashbox," as well as in the video game "Spyro the Dragon" (1998).
On the big screen, Carlos appeared in Martin Keegan's short drama film "Has-Been" (1998), Bob Hoge's comedy movie "The Godson" (1998; starring Rodney Dangerfield, Kevin McDonald, and Dom DeLuise), the computer animated film "A Bug's Life" (1998; voice), and B.J. Nelson's comedy movie "Dirt Merchant" (1999; starring Danny Masterson).
Entering the new millennium, Carlos was cast in the film "Team Boy" and lent his voice to the direct-to-video released "The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus." He went on to voice characters in the TV movies "CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery" (2001), "The Fairly OddParents in: Abra Catastrophe!" (2003), "The Fairly OddParents in School's Out! The Musical" (2004), "I Downloaded a Ghost" (2004), "The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour" (2004), "Crash Nebula" (2004), "Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom" (2004), "The Fairly OddParents in: Channel Chasers" (2004), "Combustion" (2004), "The Proud Family Movie" (2005), "The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2: When Nerds Collide" (2006), "The Fairly OddParents in Fairy Idol" (2006), and "Ben 10: Race Against Time" (2007). He also provided his voice for the TV series "Time Squad," "Pokémon," "Grim & Evil," "King of the Hill," "House of Mouse," "Hey Arnold!," "¡Mucha Lucha!," "My Life as a Teenage Robot," "What's New, Scooby-Doo?," "Lilo & Stitch: The Series," "Drawn Together," "Duck Dodgers," "Higglytown Heroes," "Loonatics Unleashed," "Stroker and Hoop," "Minoriteam," "Celebrity Deathmatch," "Codename: Kids Next Door," "The Life and Times of Juniper Lee," "Shorty McShorts' Shorts," "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera," "Saul of the Mole Men," "Handy Manny," "Squirrel Boy," "Out of Jimmy's Head," "Avatar: The Last Airbender," "The Fairly OddParents," "Phineas and Ferb," "The Boondocks," "Camp Lazlo," "The Replacements," "The Buzz on Maggie," "Wow Wow Wubbzy," "Finley the Fire Engine," and "Chowder."
Meanwhile, Carlos also appeared in the TV commercials for Taco Bell (voice of Chihuahua, 1998) and Chuck E. Cheese's (voice of Chuck E.), and appeared in the TV series "Even Stevens," "Lizzie McGuire," "The Brothers Garcia," "Maya & Miguel," "Bleach," "State of Mind," "Las Vegas," "Pushing Daisies," "Reno 911!," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Additionally, his voice could be heard in the video games "Star Wars: Starfighter" (2001), "Maximo: Ghost to Glory" (2002), "Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon" (2002), "Monsters, Inc." (2002), "Arc the Lad: Seirei no kôkon" (2003), "Secret Weapons Over Normandy" (2003), "Fairly Odd Parents: Breakin da Rules" (2004), "The Bard's Tale" (2004), "GoldenEye: Rogue Agent" (2004), "Nicktoons Unite" (2005), "Titan Quest" (2006), "Justice League Heroes" (2006), "The Sopranos: Road to Respect" (2006), "Happy Feet" (2006), "Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots" (2007), "Cars Mater-National" (2007), and "Crash: Mind Over Mutant" (2008).
As for his film work, Carlos has lent his voice to the films "Osmosis Jones" (2001), "Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse" (2001), "Howl's Moving Castle" (2004), "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" (2004), "Kangaroo Jack: G'Day, U.S.A." (2004), "The Toy Warrior" (2005), "¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico" (2005) "Happy Feet" (2006), and "Space Chimps" (2008).
“Occasionally I will get out there and do a gig or two, but I’m really enjoying the voice work and staying at home and really wanting to do just the private corporate gigs that pay a little bit better, rather than to do the clubs. I’m done with that. I’m really, you know, unless the club is gonna pay a lot of money and I can work with a friend, I really just don’t need to go out anymore. Standup was always a means to an end for me.” Carlos Alazraqui
During this time, Carlos was also cast in the films "Papal Cab" (2002), a 13-minute short comedy by Kevin Susman, "Shteps" (2002), an independent comedy by Jeff Wolfman, "The Picture of You" (2002), a 21-minute short film by Nicholas Siapkaris, and "Spanish Fly" (2003), a comedy by Will Wallace. Moviegoers could also catch him in Sandy Tung's family comedy "Soccer Dog: European Cup" (2004), Robert Ben Garant's "Reno 911!: Miami" (2007), Joe Wein's 13-minute comedy "Goldfish" (2007), Nicholas Siapkaris' 5-minute comedy "Nice Meal" (2008), and Claudia Duran's short comedy "The Last White Dishwasher" (2008).
About his experience in the feature film "Reno 911!: Miami" (2007), Carlos recalled, “Yeah, that was great fun; South Beach, Miami, for 12 days, 8 shooting days, and back in L.A. Some surprise guests that you’ll have to wait for. Just fun, just a lot of fun being in South Beach and have people recognize us and wearing white and blue uniforms and, you know, getting recognized and staying out late and going to the hotel Victor and all these clubs, and it was great.”
Carlos will soon complete his upcoming film projects, "The Invited," a horror film written and directed by Ryan McKinney and starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Pam Grier, and Megan Ward, and "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," a comedy directed by Brad Peyton and starring Chris O'Donnell and Jack McBrayer.
“I think doing some of those first road gigs, when you’re an emcee on the road and making no money and people love the other acts more and you’re lonely. There were times like that, like in Albuquerque, when I was sleeping on a couch and spending more than I was making.” Carlos Alazraqui (on if he ever felt like walking away)