Meet the visionary minds behind this "nonsense"
A scripted comedy podcast the likes in which the world has never seen.. because its a podcast. (get it?)
The Potchki Audio Chronicles is the "brain child" of Eric N. Horowitz and Robert A. Palmer. See, back in the late 90's they made a feature fim that was finally realeased in 2001, it was called The Potchki Chronicles. For this young duo, it was an ambitious, but ultimately never released film. In fact, they didnt even see it. It played at some festival without their consent a few years after completion... Anyway, we digress, Potchki as a whole was shelved for many, many years but the stories Eric and Robert kept conjuring up randomly, meant the character was never really gone just forgotten.
Fast forward to 2019, as technology and viewing habits have changed, along with the rise in popularity of the podcast culture allowed us to tell more Potchki stories. So the Potchki Audio Chronicles was born in 2018.
This is a direct continuation of the original film, but fear not you'll catch on quickly. The film in all its ineptitude is available on youtube for your entertainment "pleasure."
Eric and Robert
ERIC N. HOROWITZ
Creator/ VO talent / CO - Writer
Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.
Eric N. Horowitz was born in Philadelphia, if you asked his parents they would look at each other and say where the hell did he come from. His favorite day of the week was Saturday, because he could watch cartoons all morning. Later on in life he learned he could change his voice, he had heard comedian Howie Mandel do the voice of Ernest the Elf and that was it. Eric started mimicking everything that he would hear. His first favorite actors were Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. As he got older he wanted to learn more about voice over. Only problem was no one was around to ask or talk with. He didn’t want to be in front of the camera he wanted to provide voices and sounds for the camera. However if the camera was pointed at him he would not resist doing a voice or making a face. Anything to make someone laugh.
1994 was a tough year, Eric's father had passed away. Just like his dad got to share Bugs Bunny with him, Eric got to share the Animaniacs with his dad. That same year Eric got to meet two big influences in his life, Rob Paulsen (Yakko and Pinky) and Jess Harnell (Wakko).
After graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a TV/Film degree, he chased his dream by creating The Potchki Chronicles film with Rob. After making the film he moved to South Pasadena CA. in 2001 he worked for Viacom on a show called Resurrection Blvd in Post production then a few other indie films over the years. While living in South Pasadena he got married in 2003 and had his son in 2005. In 2007 they moved back to Philly and had his daughter while continuing to work on the production side of the camera. When he got divorced, Eric decided being a dad to his two children was more important than production.
In 2011 Eric learned about Voicebox Voice Over, outside of Philadelphia and started to take voice over classes which then lead to his two demos on his website. Eric started to listen to Rob Paulsen Talkin Toons podcast and he learned more about the cartoon voice over world. Then in 2014 one of the Talkin Toons shows had Steve Blum on it and Steve quoted said his Toonami line about falling down 7 times and getting up 8. This just hit a switch in Eric’s brain and he started to follow Steves career. Then one day in 2017 BLUMVOX STUDIOS popped up on Erics Facebook page and he signed up to take classes with Steve Blum. Who is now one of his teachers and mentors. Eric has learned so much in the past two years from being part of Blumvox and in Steves classes. Along the way Eric met a few people that he became close friends with from around the country.
Eric and Rob were talking about podcasts and some ideas for Eric to utilize his Voice Acting knowledge. We joked and said let's bring Lester Potchki out of his 20 year hiatus and we started writing. Well over a hundred pages of notes later, here we are.
While working on this podcast for the past year Eric also had the fortune to listen to Chuck McKibbens book “Mel Blanc the Voice of Bugs Bunny.” To Eric’s surprise Chuck mentioned that he moved to Philadelphia. Eric jumped at the chance to look him up, email him and wait to hear back. Eric has been studying voice narration and commercial voice over with Chuck since June of 2019.
From creating this world to meeting and chatting with professional voice actors at local conventions. This has been one hell of a ride and it just keeps getting better.
I hope you enjoy the world Rob and I have created. It has made us laugh and we hope it can make you laugh.
ROBERT A. PALMER
Creator/ Co - Writer
"I am not a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi..."
- Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
Robert A. Palmer was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1977. When he was 8 years old he and his family moved to the suburbs of Philly, where his love of filmmaking blossomed. Robert watched endless hours of movies, he was a fixture at the local West Coast video store. Now, Having ample space to be creative, Robert began to explore basic camera styles while shooting many short films anywhere he could. The forest and streams nearby became a popular spot for filming.
As he grew up his love of filmmaking continued to grow and by the time he was a senior in High School Robert had helped 5 separate groups of classmates in making their senior short films based on classic British literature, but with his own creative twist. Once Robert realized making movies could be a real thing. He went to college to learn as much as he could and he excelled. Now, a college graduate Robert continued to pursue filmmaking as a profession.
In Late 2000, Robert moved out to Los Angeles to make his once childhood dreams an actual reality. After working in Unscripted TV for many years where he learned what it takes to put a production together. Robert decided to make a short film called Elysian (2008) a crime noir revenge short film made the festival circuit. Now “seasoned in filmmaking Robert decided in 2010 to make his most ambitious short film People of Earth, a science fiction alien invasion film shot entirely from inside a car. People of Earth garnered many film festival nominations and winning ZED Fest in 2012. In late 2012 Robert and his longtime collaborator Michael A. Weiss set to make his biggest film yet. a reality TV horror feature Film called I Am Alone. After raising funds on Kickstarter I Am Alone became a reality. In the summer of 2013, I Am Alone was shot at 10000ft on a Colorado Mountain with a fearless crew. By 2015 I Am Alone had been completed and began its highly successful festival run. Winning 2 Best features, 2 Best Actor wins (5 nominations) for lead Gareth David - Lloyd and Best Director for Robert, along with many other awards and nominations. When Robert Isn’t developing his next projects, he's also a free-lance TV producer.
In 2018, Eric and Robert brought their beloved character Lester Potchki and his rogues gallery of miscreints and neardewells back to life, deciding a scripted audio podcast was the right platform at the right time. So, the Potchki Audio Chronicles was born out of a need to tell hilarious stories, something it seems the world is lacking at the moment.