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Meet the Judges

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny is an American actor and comedian. He is known for the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. Tom also voiced Heffer Wolfe in Rocko’s Modern Life, The Ice King in Adventure Time, The Narrator and Mayor in The Powerpuff Girls, Carl Chryniszzswics in Jonny Bravo and Dog in CatDog. Tom’s live-action work includes the film Shakes The Clown, the comedy variety shows The Edge and Mr. Show. Tom has won 2 Daytime Emmy Awards, 2 Ace Awards and 2 Annie Awards for his voice work as SpongeBob SquarePants and the Ice King.  

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Peter Hannan

Peter Hannan is a producer, animator, singer-songwriter, author, illustrator, artist, and entrepreneur. Hannan is the creator, executive producer, and show runner of the Nickelodeon series CatDog, for which he also wrote and sang the theme song. He is currently the story editor, sometime songwriter, and interstitial producer of the animated PBS Kids series Let’s Go Luna!. He has created and developed properties for numerous studios. He works as a character designer and writes for various other animated series.
He created a web series called Really Freaking Embarrassing, single-panel cartoons called The Adventures of a Huge Mouth that ran in independent newspapers throughout the U.S., and writes and illustrates books, including Petlandia, My Big Mouth: 10 Songs I Wrote That Almost Got Me Killed, The Greatest Snowman in the World, Super Goofballs, Sillyville or Bust, Escape from Camp Wannabarf, School After Dark: Lessons in Lunacy, The Battle of Sillyville: Live Silly or Die! And Freddy! King of Flurb.

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Gene Grillo

Gene Grillo is a writer known for the animated series’ Teen Titans Go!, Back At The Barnyard, Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness, Scoob, Jimmy Neutron and Johnny Bravo. He was the winner of The Primetime Emmy Award for Writing in an Animated Program and nominated for the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.

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Martin Olson

Martin Olson is a comedy writer, television producer, author and composer. Martin has written for the animated series’ Rocko’s Modern Life, and Phineas and Ferb. He received Emmy nominations for both series. Martin also plays Hunson Abadeer The Lord Of Evil on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. in 2011, Feral House published Martin’s book Encyclopaedia Of Hell.

Bobcat Goldthwait

Robert Francis “Bobcat” Goldthwait

Robert Francis “Bobcat” Goldthwait is an actor, comedian, director and screenwriter, known for his frenetic stand-up comedy act. He came to prominence with his stand-up specials An Evening with Bobcat Goldthwait—Share the Warmth and Bob Goldthwait—Is He Like That All the Time? and his acting roles, including Zed in the Police Academy Franchise and Eliot Loudermilk in Scrooged.
Bobcat has written and directed a number of films and television series, most notably the black comedies Shakes The Clown (1991), in which he also starred, Sleeping Dogs Lie, World’s Greatest Dad, God Bless America and the horror film Willow Creek. Bob has appeared on episodes of Chappelle’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show. Bob has directed episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Patton Oswalt’s tragedy Plus Time and Maron.
He has also worked extensively as a voice actor, with voice roles in Capitol Critters, Hercules and Hercules: The Animated Series.

Michelle LoGerfo

Michelle LoGerfo

Michelle was described by her third grade teacher as “excessively silly” and it remains an accurate description to this day. She maintains websites by day and creates goofy mixed-media or digital artwork in the off hours. No one has told her she should pick a medium and stick to it and if they did, she didn’t listen. She holds a BFA from Alfred University and an M.S. in Information Design and Technology from SUNY Polytechnic (Polytechnic is Greek for many technics).

Chris Xaver

Chris Xaver

Chris is a radio and television personality, most noted for her PBS show The Sweet Life with Chris Xaver. Chris is also a professor and chair of the Communications and Media Arts programs at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Peter Hartsock

Peter J. Hartsock

Peter is a Los Angeles based producer/director and multi-talented filmmaker, originally from Cortland, NY. He is the founder of Fantasma House, a homegrown midnight movie production company where he has directed films, music videos, documentaries, and commercials with bold distinct visions. Graduating from Syracuse University in 2019, he currently works on the production team for Nickelodeon’s hit show SpongeBob SquarePants in picturesque Burbank, California, while also continuing to be involved with the Central New York arts community.


Duck is a former ABC/ Disney executive. For five years, he produced Walmart animated Christmas commercials, and he animated the underground classic, “I Confess.” He currently runs

Red Octopus

Red Octopus got his start in stop motion animation playing a neighbor on the Davey and Goliath series. He was punched in the nose and fired by Art Clokey after he put the moves on Davey’s sister, Sally. Soon afterwards, Red Octopus was cut out of the island of misfit toys scene in Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer after starting a fight with The Squirt Gun Who Shoots Jelly. Years later, Red Octopus was asked to leave Czechoslovakia by the Brothers Quay who considered Red too dark and creepy. Red Octopus’ career finally ended when he was fired from Aardman Animation for public drunkenness and stealing office supplies. Red Octopus currently works at a local television affiliate presenting feel good news stories with a duck.