Last night The Chicago Theatre hosted the cast of the animated comedy Bob’s Burgers for a night of stand-up and a live-read. But at the end of a Q&A that wrapped up the show, everyone got a little something extra when an audience member asked the cast if they’d help him propose to his girlfriend.
It was something that you only ever see on a viral video while scrolling through Tumblr. And the cast members were more than willing to play along, even falling into ‘characters’ as if the whole thing was a real bit.
John Roberts sang as his character Linda and coached the dude on how to propose, exclaiming, “Get down on one knee!”
Eugene Mirman – voice of Gene – crouched behind the guy saying, “I’m here to tell you yes if she says no.”
And H. Jon Benjamin – voice of Bob and Archer on Archer – played DJ, first playing the anthem from Platoon before the phone alarm started going off.
It was a moment fit for, well, a TV show.
While the proposal ended the show with a serious bang, the rest of the night was an interesting look behind the scenes of making a show like Bob’s Burgers. Seeing the people behind the animated voices do a live read was surreal. Their preview of a semi-storyboarded episode helped illustrate what it takes to bring the characters to life. It’s interesting to see how much of a voice actor exists in their character. Dan Mintz – voice of fan favorite and super quotable Tina – is basically a male, full-grown version of his character, glasses and dark hair and all.
It all added up to a memorable evening filled with laughs, tears, and a surprise proposal which elevated the night tenfold.