Meet this month’s feature for Boomer of the Month – Tim Sniffen – Writer and Actor, The Second City Theater and freelance voice over artist. When asked to describe what he does in ten words or less he shamelessly offered the following plug: Writer and actor for a Chicago comedy theater. Voice for hire!
What is not written below is that Tim was also the iconic voice behind “You Don’t Know Jack” and more recently is the voice of Boom – check out our Boom in the Room videos to hear those sultry and talented vocal chords in action.
Please take the time to read on because you are about to find out that Tim is also so much more!
1. What is the best compliment you ever received? A director for whom I used to work once said “Tim, you always know when to leave a party.” I was happy to hear that. because I thought I was leaving parties too early and people were starting to thinking of me as a recluse. But the truth is, between a wild night and a good night of sleep… I’ll take sleep every time.
2. What industry jargon do you find yourself using the most? What is your least favorite industry jargon? In the theatre/comedy world, people will use this shorthand of other shows & movies to describe something, and it drives me crazy. “Think Pretty Woman meets Harry & The Hendersons.” “It’s Six Feet Under meets Full House.” And yes, I do it too sometimes.
3. If you could choose any other profession what would it be? Why? Astronaut. I’ve taken to following a bunch of astronauts on Twitter — one of the coolest uses of Twitter I’ve seen — and it seems like such a thrilling, challenging line of work. I’ll see the pictures of the Earth from space that they post and I imagine them spending every day filled with awe and wonder at our universe.
4. If you could only use one social media platform what would it be? Why? I’m a big Twitter fan. It’s immediate, it can cross any cultural/geographical boundary, and it forces people to be concise. I get most of my news from it now.
5. What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it? “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell”. Highly recommended! It’s like Harry Potter meets Charles Dickens. [See, I’m doing that ‘movie shorthand’ thing I complained about above!] And the BBC is doing a mini-series of it right now that’s getting great reviews.
6. What television show is your guilty pleasure? Sex And the City, hands down. It’s a bitchy treat with crackling dialogue. I lived in Amsterdam for three years and I would watch it when I missed New York.
7. What ability would you want to have that you don’t currently possess? Hmmm. I would love to speak more languages than only English. I’ve made some half-hearted attempts at French and Italian but I’m miles away from being fluent, and I’m always so impressed [and/or jealous] when I hear someone who has put in the time and mastered a second or third language.
8. What famous person do people tell you that you most resemble? Do you take it as a compliment? For a while I heard Matthew Perry, who played Chandler on Friends. I always thought Chandler got the best jokes, so I was fine with this comparison.
9. What advice would you give to your teenage self? Drop out of high school and write a book series about a British orphan who lives in a cupboard under a staircase and becomes a wizard. Trust me.
10. What is the oddest food item you have ever eaten? This isn’t odd, it’s gross. One summer I made money by staying on my college campus and cleaning rooms, along with a few friends. We had this ongoing dare where one person would spit their gum onto the floor of a dirty room, and whoever was brave enough would pick it up and continue chewing it. I don’t think I ever shied away from this dare. It’s safe to say I now deeply regret this choice. I’m just glad I avoided having my face melted off from some rare tropical disease incubating in the carpet of college dorm rooms.