That day, Zahir jokingly volunteered in a TikTok video. 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. So what I did was watch the episode and rewind on all of Cleveland's lines, and match it pitch-perfectly and record it. 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. 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. Arif ‘Azerrz’ Zahir does it all! ", RELATED: Family Guy Theory: Stewie Is The Mastermind Behind American Dad. ", 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. 196.2k Followers, 1,015 Following, 21 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Arif Zahir (@azerrz.4rif) 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. Zahir … “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. Hey everybody! And to the millions of fans who love this show, I promise not to let you down.". Voice actor Arif Zahir, also known as Azerrz, who does impressions of Cleveland on YouTube, has been tapped to replace Mike Henry, Cleveland's … 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. Share Share Tweet Email. 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. "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.' Arif Zahir, known for his impressions of Cleveland Brown from "Family Guy," has gone from mimicking the character to actually playing him. Hier sollte eine Beschreibung angezeigt werden, diese Seite lässt dies jedoch nicht zu. 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." Comment. "Then I realized -- I thought it was from an episode that hadn't aired yet, but it was actually from [Season 7's "Love, Blactually"], and it was out already. He announced in June he was dropping the role. I remember in 2013, The Cleveland Show happened and I fell in love with it. 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. https://nypost.com/2020/09/25/family-guy-casts-youtube-star- Arif Zahir started his YouTube channel with the name Azerrz in December 2012. "Over the years, Cleveland's voice has changed. 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. For the most part, the table-reads are awesome. Zahir, a YouTuber with more than 6 million followers, will replace Mike Henry in the upcoming 19th season, Fox announced Friday. 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. However, Henry was … Mike Henry had voiced Cleveland since 1999, but announced he was stepping down in June. Covering the hottest movie and TV topics that fans want. Zahir, who has done a number of impressions of Cleveland on his YouTube channel, will take on the role from season 19 of the Fox series. I loved them. Zahir understood the wariness, especially for die-hard fans. 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. I'll give him a chance.' I didn't know what to do. When I got the audition script, I was reading through it and wasn't sure what to do. Im Arif Zahir, an aspiring actor/voice actor. Mike Henry had voiced the Cleveland character 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 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. 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. Cleveland comes in and tones everyone down. 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. He has earned lots of fame at the present time, his voice is not only in movies but he has also voiced in TV series as well. "And then I started to watch it when I was thirteen. Zahir, a YouTuber with more than 6 million followers, will replace Mike Henry in the upcoming 19th season, Fox announced Friday. 0. "To Mike Henry, Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin and Seth MacFarlane, thank you for this incredible gift. 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 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 was like, I know people are doing Family Guy soundboard stuff online, but what if I did that with my own voice? I think that's one of the things that gravitated me towards him. Henry had voiced the character since the start but stepped down in June, as did other White voice actors playing Black characters. They're Zoom table-reads, but they don't seem real. Im Arif Zahir, an aspiring actor/voice actor. One day I hope to get on the big screen, and voice for animation. Zahir, a YouTuber with more than 6 million followers, will replace Mike Henry in the upcoming 19th season, Fox announced Friday. A one-stop shop for all things video games. Arif, also popularly known as Azerrz, would be voicing Cleveland Brown on Fox animated series. 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. His channel focuses on voice overs, gameplay, impressions, prank calls, dubs, and skits. That gravelly element, I've always loved that. That was a big fear of mine. Zahir will begin voicing the character during the … "I love this character, but persons of colour should play characters of colour," Henry said at the time. Arif “Azerrz” Zahir, known for his iconic voice impressions, skits and hilarious gameplay videos, is quickly becoming one of the most popular and recognizable crossover entertainers to make the leap from digital creator to Hollywood entertainer. 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 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. “It doesn’t seem real,” said Zahir, who officially landed the gig last month, as “Family Guy” was renewed for its 19th and 20th seasons. RELATED: Fox Renews Family Guy, Bob's Burgers For Two More Seasons Each. "I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color," he said at the time. "I'm eternally grateful to have received this once in a lifetime opportunity," he said. Once they see the performance, they can decide it was a cool choice, and I'm just blessed to be a part of the conversation, whether or not it's good or bad. — Arif Zahir (@Azerrz) September 25, 2020. He is well-known for his Eraser (2016), How It Should Have Ended (2005), and G.P.A. As animated shows wise up to the fact … Arif Zahir is set to replace Mike Henry as the voice of Cleveland Brown in 'Family Guy'. Appel believes that not only will fans be impressed with Zahir but also happy to have Cleveland still around. "I did an impression of Cleveland [on YouTube] and [producers] mentioned that they had seen that, and they said 'We’d love for you to have your shot at the role,'" Zahir told The New York Post. 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 … 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. The show already has been renewed for Seasons 20 and 21. That would be really cool to do. Arif Zahir has been cast to voice Cleveland for the 19th season come 2021-2022. 0. 196.2k Followers, 1,015 Following, 21 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Arif Zahir (@azerrz.4rif) "I've known about Family Guy since I was about 10 years old," Zahir recalled. By Brandon Zachary 5 days ago. Arif Zahir has been cast to voice Cleveland for the 19th season come 2021-2022. 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 YouTube to starring as the character’s voice actor starting next season. “I’m just a huge Seth MacFarlane fan, anything he does,” Zahir said. 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. I was scared they were going to think I sounded like they thought he should. Comment. Mike Henry had voiced Cleveland since 1999, but announced he was stepping down in June. Hey everybody! And I didn't know if they wanted the old Cleveland or the new Cleveland or my own. Season 19 of Family Guy airs Sundays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Author: TEGNA Published: 4:02 PM EDT September 25, 2020 Updated: 4:02 PM EDT September 25, 2020 "Family Guy" says actor Arif Zahir will take over the voice of Cleveland Brown in the Fox animated series. 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Arif Zahir Net Worth, Merch, YouTube Earnings. Earlier this week, "Family Guy" was renewed for two more seasons. Reflecting on winning the role, Zahir admitted, "it still doesn't feel real yet. As with any recasting, there was some controversy surrounded Zahir stepping into the role. (2018).He has earned lots of fame at the present time, his voice is not only in movies but he has also voiced in TV series as well. Arif Zahir is set to replace Mike Henry as the voice of Cleveland Brown in 'Family Guy'. He is well-known for his Eraser (2016), How It Should Have Ended (2005), and G.P.A. 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I would have been fine with them writing him out of the show. 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. Now, Zahir calls Cleveland his favorite cartoon character of all time in a statement. Arif Zahir has been cast to voice Cleveland for the 19th season come 2021-2022. 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He sings, he acts, he dances, and he creates some of the most hilarious voice impressions on YouTube. And they were like, 'that's great, we want you to continue on with the modern performance.' There, on the descriptive box, he describes himself as an aspiring actor and voice actor. — Arif Zahir (@Azerrz) September 25, 2020. Arif Zahir is an amazing voice actor who is starred as a new voice actor for the Cleveland Brown in ‘Family Guy’. 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.". Voice actor and YouTube star Arif Zahir has revealed the process behind him securing the role of Cleveland Brown on Family Guy. KEEP READING: Family Guy's DARKEST Theory May Explain The Entire Show. 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." 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