"Over the years, Cleveland's voice has changed. Arif, also popularly known as Azerrz, would be voicing Cleveland Brown on Fox animated series. Family Guy stars Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Arif Zahir, Patrick Warburton and Mike Henry. Arif Zahir spoke to CBR about earning the role of Cleveland Brown in Family Guy and what it's been like to take over the character from Mike Henry. (2018). YouTuber Arif Zahir will take over for voice actor Mike Henry, who left the role this year after saying that "persons of color should play characters of color." Appel believes that not only will fans be impressed with Zahir but also happy to have Cleveland still around. Arif Zahir started his YouTube channel with the name Azerrz in December 2012. https://nypost.com/2020/09/25/family-guy-casts-youtube-star- And then to add on to it, I then recorded the entire lines with the modern performance just in case they wanted one or the other. That day, Zahir jokingly volunteered in a TikTok video. That was a big fear of mine. "I love this character, but persons of colour should play characters of colour," Henry said at the time. It wasn't seamless, but just the table-reads and having this amazing cast with me for this show I've watched, and knowing one day in a year or so, people will be able to see my name with all the other people making the show, it's going to be crazy to see. His channel focuses on voice overs, gameplay, impressions, prank calls, dubs, and skits. It didn't work every time, but for the most part [...] I think overall, once the show airs and once everyone gets to know me, hopefully, they'll realize it's all respectful and with love for the character. Mike Henry was the original voice actor for the character of Cleveland Brown, joining the cast of Family Guy all the way back when it premiered in 1999. YouTuber Arif Zahir will take over for voice actor Mike Henry, who left the role this year after saying that "persons of color should play characters of color." The former longtime white voice actor for Cleveland, Mike Henry, will have his last go-round for the 18th season, which premieres Sunday. Arif Zahir, known for his impressions of Cleveland Brown from "Family Guy," has gone from mimicking the character to actually playing him.Zahir, a You... Arif Zahir, known for his impressions of Cleveland Brown from "Family Guy," has gone from mimicking the character to actually playing him. Zahir understood the wariness, especially for die-hard fans. The show already has been renewed for Seasons 20 and 21. Arif Zahir has gone from impersonating "Family Guy's" Cleveland Brown on YouTube… to being cast as the new voice of the character on the actual show. ", RELATED: Family Guy Clip Features the Debut of Mayor West's Replacement, Wild West, Revealing that he and Henry had spoken about the character and what makes him tick, Zahir explained how Cleveland's unique straight-man quality in the otherwise bonkers Family Guy cartoon universe is his favorite element of the character. Arif Zahir is an amazing voice actor who is starred as a new voice actor for the Cleveland Brown in ‘Family Guy’. Zahir, who is Black, is a YouTuber with more than 6 million subscribers. ", RELATED: Family Guy Theory: Stewie Is The Mastermind Behind American Dad. However, Henry was among the white voice-actors who stepped down from playing African-American characters this past summer so performers of color could take on the roles. "I've known about Family Guy since I was about 10 years old," Zahir recalled. Appel believes that not only will fans be impressed with Zahir but also happy to have Cleveland still around. Arif Zahir, a YouTuber who has made a name for himself doing impressions of Family Guy's Cleveland Brown, has been officially cast as the character. All content © copyright WKTV. That was how that worked out. Arif Zahir is set to replace Mike Henry as the voice of Cleveland Brown in 'Family Guy'. Zahir will begin voicing the character during the … Zahir began doing “Family Guy” voices in middle school to crack up his classmates. Zahir, a YouTuber with more than 6 million followers, will replace Mike Henry in the upcoming 19th season, Fox announced Friday. "Luckily, I was in a place where I had a fan base that was like, 'Hey, check out his videos, he can actually do it.' The 54-year-old voice actor announced in June he would be stepping down as the voice of the popular 'Family Guy' character - who once had his own spin-off in the form of the since-axed 'Cleveland Show' - as he no longer felt it was right for him to voice a Black character. Arif Zahir has been cast to voice Cleveland for the 19th season come 2021-2022. On September 25, 2020, it was announced that a YouTube actor and voice impression artist named Arif Zahir, who is African-American, would replace Henry as Cleveland, but some episodes produced before Henry's retirement from the role will still see Henry voicing the character. There, on the descriptive box, he describes himself as an aspiring actor and voice actor. RELATED: Fox Renews Family Guy, Bob's Burgers For Two More Seasons Each. Arif Zahir has gone from mimicking the character to actually playing him, as he is replacing Mike Henry in the upcoming 19th season come 2021-2022. Arif Zahir spoke to CBR about earning the role of Cleveland Brown in Family Guy and what it's been like to take over the character from Mike Henry. The former longtime white … "Everyone else, Peter and Quagmire and Joe, are all on the same page. Earning the role required Zahir to go through multiple auditions, with the actor eventually teasing out several versions of the character. Luckily, with voice-acting, since I've been doing [voice-acting] through the medium of gaming and YouTube for the last six or seven years, it's a little bit easier. “Family Guy” showrunners have found their new Cleveland Brown voice — it’s a Black YouTuber who can handle the role with ease, and probably a few others on the show too. Reflecting on winning the role, Zahir admitted, "it still doesn't feel real yet. I was like, I know people are doing Family Guy soundboard stuff online, but what if I did that with my own voice? Mike Henry was the original voice actor for the character of Cleveland Brown, joining the cast of Family Guy all the way back when it premiered in 1999. Arif Zahir Net Worth, Merch, YouTube Earnings. 196.2k Followers, 1,015 Following, 21 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Arif Zahir (@azerrz.4rif) As animated shows wise up to the fact … That gravelly element, I've always loved that. Comment. Stepping into Cleveland's shoes is Arif Zahir, who has over six million subscribers on YouTube for his comedy-gaming videos -- including a series of videos where he plays online first-person shooters while using the voice of Cleveland. Arif Zahir has been cast to voice Cleveland for the 19th season come 2021-2022. He announced in June he was dropping the role. Mike Henry had voiced the Cleveland character Hier sollte eine Beschreibung angezeigt werden, diese Seite lässt dies jedoch nicht zu. His channel skyrocketed to success from his video impressions of Obama, Cleveland Brown, Trump, and Kendrick Lamar. Cuomo holds COVID-19 briefing (Dec. 14, 2020). Voice actor, comedian, and impressionist, not to mention a prolific YouTuber performer, Arif Zahir, is all set to succeed actor Mike Henry on Family Guy. Henry had voiced the character since the start but stepped down in June, as did other White voice actors playing Black characters. Im Arif Zahir, an aspiring actor/voice actor. Im Arif Zahir, an aspiring actor/voice actor. But then, after getting the opportunity to meet [Henry] and to see that it was a fully respectable departure -- it didn't feel malicious -- and I would love to play a part in this. Voice actor Arif Zahir, also known as Azerrz, who does impressions of Cleveland on YouTube, has been tapped to replace Mike Henry, Cleveland's … Mike Henry had voiced Cleveland since 1999, but announced he was stepping down in June. One day I hope to get on the big screen, and voice for animation. YouTuber Arif Zahir will take over for voice actor Mike Henry, who left the role this year after saying that "persons of color should play characters of color." — Arif Zahir (@Azerrz) September 25, 2020. Zahir, a YouTuber with more than 6 million followers, will replace Mike Henry in the upcoming 19th season, Fox announced Friday. By Brandon Zachary 5 days ago. It's a big moment for Family Guy and all these giant shows, and I'm really happy to be a part of it, regardless of the negativity.". I think that's one of the things that gravitated me towards him. Cleveland comes in and tones everyone down. 196.2k Followers, 1,015 Following, 21 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Arif Zahir (@azerrz.4rif) Share Share Tweet Email. When I got the audition script, I was reading through it and wasn't sure what to do. However, Henry was … Share Share Tweet Email. On September 25, 2020, it was announced that a YouTube actor and voice impression artist named Arif Zahir, who is African-American, would replace Henry as Cleveland, but some episodes produced before Henry's retirement from the role will still see Henry voicing the character. The former longtime white voice actor for Cleveland, Mike Henry, will have his last go-round for the 18th season, which premieres Sunday. Arif Zahir, the new voice of Cleveland on "Family Guy," and producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin talk how the YouTube star landed the gig. — Arif Zahir (@Azerrz) September 25, 2020. 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Arif Zahir, a YouTuber who has made a name for himself doing impressions of Family Guy's Cleveland Brown, has been officially cast as the character. Zahir … I also think he has one of the most unique voices on the show -- him and Stewie. The former longtime white … Three months after Family Guy star Mike Henry announced that he was stepping down as the voice of Cleveland Brown, a replacement has been named.. Arif Zahir … Arif Zahir, known for his impressions of Cleveland Brown from "Family Guy," has gone from mimicking the character to actually playing him. “One day I hope to get on the big screen, and voice for animation”– he writes, so sure of his future plans. Arif Zahir knows he's living a bit of a Cinderella story: The aspiring young actor has gone from impersonating the "Family Guy" character Cleveland Brown on … I loved them. In the 1990s it was slower and now it's a lot more hyper. For the most part, the table-reads are awesome. Some of the comments would talk bad, and then they'd go watch my videos and come back like, 'You know what, he's pretty good. He is well-known for his Eraser (2016), How It Should Have Ended (2005), and G.P.A. "And then I started to watch it when I was thirteen. 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