Kevin Schinick has done a fair bit of TV and comics work over the past few years, although you probably haven’t heard of him. He recently wrote a few Avenging Spider-Man comics for Marvel, wrote a previous Spider-Man stage production (not Turn Off The Dark) and previously won an Emmy for his work on Robot Chicken. On October 29, the star parodies Tim Burton’s latest animated flick Frankenweenie with FrankenWINNIE, a blend of the recently-released Halloween stop-motion movie and Winnie the Pooh. Read the press release below:
This Fall, the geek world has a new challenger to the throne . Kevin Shinick may have been born a ham but he became a talented actor, writer and creator. He went from starring in school plays (okay, so he started writing plays in third grade, but I digress) to starring in a slew of Broadway shows (thanks to his mentor, the late Tony Randall). He wrote the Spider-Man stage production (no, not the disaster-plagued version, the one that was a hit at Radio City Music Hall and subsequent 40-city tour). Shinick won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program Short-format as a writer/voice actor/creative director on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken. Now Shinick is Emmy-nominated again in the same category for the second year in a row for MAD, where he’s the showrunner/writer/main voice talent/voice director (let’s just say he’s the great and powerful Oz of MAD and you’ll get the gist) on Cartoon Network.
In September alone, Shinick guest starred on NBC’s Grimm as a character who revealed his animal instincts when a plague comes to town and he became a porcupine man. Shinick was also co-producer, writer and Narrator (much like Ted Knight on Superfriends) on the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special on Adult Swim, which was #1 in the young male demo.
In September and October, Shinick released his Avenging Spider-Man #12 comics for Marvel. His humorous spin on the super hero featured Deadpool and the Hypno Hustler and has been very well received by critics and fans alike.
On October 29, MAD’s Halloween Special (last year’s nabbed an Emmy nom!) will focus on FrankenWINNIE, a parody of Tim Burton’s upcoming movie, Frankenweenie, only it’s Christopher Robin who tries to bring his beloved Winnie the Pooh back to life after he’s accidentally ripped in half. In December, it’s the MAD Xmas special. In January, Shinick begins a guest-starring arc in the pilot of David E Kelly’s medical drama for TBS, Monday Mornings, along with Alfred Molina, Ving Rhames and Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber.
Shinick was the voice of Nickelodeon for years (and wrote their promos) and he hosted PBS’ Emmy-winning series, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego, a time traveling sci-fi quiz show that landed Shinick in teen magazines, onto trading cards and into his own action figure. But he was already obsessed with time travel as a young child and has yet to outgrow it. Imagine what Shinick could accomplish if he didn’t run a show, act, write, create and spend all of his free time with his adored wife and 3-year old daughter? He’ll happily tell you about his date with Angelina Jolie (really, please ask, he’s begging you). But his wife is begging you not to.