Stephen Hawking’s assistive technology has a very distinctive robotic voice. But for a new sketch for Comic Relief, Hawking decided to go out and find a different voice.
“Time to find my new voice,” Hawking said in the video, taking in humorous “audition tapes” from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Liam Neeson, Anna Kendrick, Simon Cowell, Kylie Minogue, Gordon Ramsay, Miss Piggy, Rebel Wilson and Eddie Redmayne (who played Hawking in The Theory of Everything).
“Stephen, it’s me, surely it has to be me,” Neeson says on his tape. “Listen to my voice. It’s deep, it’s sexy, it’s got a tinge of — physics.”
Miranda went for a rap. “You’re Stephen Hawking from Cambridge College / But your voice is mad robotic if I’m being honest,” he threw down.
“So what is it, like a sequel?” Redmayne said. “If they want me to go through that again, they’re going to have to pay me a shitload of cash.”
In the end, Hawking turned them all down and went with Michael Caine. Uh, OK! The sketch promotes Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, an annual fundraiser on March 24 in the U.K. and May 25 in the U.S.