Is it really a panel with the moderator asks a question and the guest proceeds to be the most hilariously zany human being on the face of the earth. It has all the trappings of a panel, we are all sitting in a room together, a guy announces the moderator and the guest. Ever a bundle of nervous energy the phenomenal Eric G. Hollis comes out to introduce George Lowe, the voice of Space Ghost, from Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.
Within moments of Eric asking his first question, the room stopped feeling like a panel, “Let’s get this going,” Lowe started in his booming for radio voice; then gripping the mic to get an echo he announced to the con, “Free Pokemon stuff at booth 5, FREE Pokemon stuff at booth 5!” From that point on, it was off to the races for Lowe.
The room was in stitches as Lowe improved on the mic, bringing his brand of non sequitur humor to the panel. Eric had lost control, but this is the kind of control that you want to be lost when the voice of Space Ghost is involved.
George Lowe got his start in radio, “Where talented people go to die!” He took control of his career there quickly by being the over-performer, doing good work quickly. Getting the role of Space Ghost was something that he fell into. His mother seeing how well he was doing in radio encouraged her son to talk to a friend that he knew at Turner Broadcasting. Soon he was using his booming voice for television promo work and eventually moved into a rising Cartoon Network.
The show came together with great writing and his ad-libbing, “It’s an old man ranting and raving,” he yelled at someone that came into the panel late, ripping apart anyone who came or left had just become part of the panel. It was a little weird gleaning information from a panel that you can’t stop laughing at.
Lowe is a raconteur of the highest order, stories streaming into stories with common characters like Lance Henrikson (who was also at the convention) and Adam West. The culmination of his Adam West tales was at a convention with a parade. At first, no one knew who Geroge Lowe was until one of the promotors of the convention got the smart idea to give Lowe a bull horn.
When Lowe realized that West was only a few cars ahead he began to loudly poke fun, something that we all got to experience in the panel room, until Adam West was quite annoyed with him. Later in the day, Lou Ferrigno was at Lowe’s table chatting when Adam West came over. Lowe then said, doing his best Adam West impersonation, that West said, “Gee it sure is slow over here at Geroge Lowe’s table.”
As West was walking away, Ferrigno (who didn’t have his cochlear implants yet) loudly stated, “Don’t worry about him, he’s kind of an asshole!”
George Lowe was a force at the panel table, he wasn’t a guest. His quick wit and seemingly endless energy had all of us laughing. Reminding all of the fans what we love about Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and giving us a little taste of what it must have been like to work on the set of the show. An experience I think all of us would love.