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Hear from Jess Harnell how his character “Wooton” came to life!

May 2nd, 2007

In this exclusive interview, actor Jess Harnell tells how he started with ‘Odyssey’, performs a few of his other fun voices, and more — with clips from our ‘American Idol’ spoof “Odyssey Sings”.

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139 Comments on “Hear from Jess Harnell how his character “Wooton” came to life!”

  • kidron on May 1st, 2009 - 12:08pm



  • Grant on May 16th, 2009 - 11:19am


    One of THE BEST PODCASTS! I love it!

  • Mercy on June 8th, 2009 - 5:11pm


    sorry,but I don’t like wooton that much. harlow doyle was MUCH,MUCH BETTER!!

  • noah on June 19th, 2009 - 9:53am


    Mercy, you don’t like wooton?!? Oh. Crazy. My favorite.

    Jess, Rock on!

  • Mercy on June 23rd, 2009 - 10:12am


    sorry Noah,I’m dead serious!!

  • Aelic on June 24th, 2009 - 6:57pm


    Forget about Harlow, Wooton ROCKS! He is in lots of stuff Including his role in Spyro: A Hero’s Tail.

  • Mercy on June 26th, 2009 - 3:46pm


    sorry, harlow is one of the hardest people to forget,HE IS AWESOME!!!!

  • Lindsey S. on July 18th, 2009 - 4:27pm


    I like both Harlow AND Wooton. They are both really funny!

  • Mercy on July 23rd, 2009 - 2:37pm


    NO Lindsey S:
    Harlow is Better; NO QUESTIONS!!!!

  • janelle on July 26th, 2009 - 2:11pm


    No offense, anyone. But I think Wooten MUCH, MUCH, better than Harlow. Harlow is to weird. Wooten is weird but has a sweet heart!

  • Mercy on August 3rd, 2009 - 10:19am


    Janelle: sorry,I just DON’T AGREE!!!!!

  • janelle on August 3rd, 2009 - 10:33pm


    Soorry, Mercy, but I DO NOT agree with you!

    Hey, guys out there, let’s hear from you. We need to take a nation-wide vote. Voice your opionion! Vote NOW! Your vote totally counts! Who do you like better? HARLOW or WOOTEN? I, Janelle, cast my vote for Wooten Basset!!

  • Mercy on August 6th, 2009 - 3:18pm


    Harlow all the way!!! Come on everyone!! Wooton is good,but not better than Harlow!!

  • Lindsey S. on August 7th, 2009 - 1:32pm


    Sorry Mercy, I like Wooton better than Harlow.

  • Janelle on August 7th, 2009 - 3:16pm


    Good choice Lindsey S.! The poll result is so far is:

    Wooton: 2

  • Janelle on August 7th, 2009 - 3:58pm


    Hey Lindsey S., on one of your comments you say you like Harlow AND Wooton and on your last comment you said you liked Wooton more! What?

  • FRANCE on August 8th, 2009 - 7:46pm


    I happen to like Wooton very much. As silly as he is, he is very ready to be deep and sensitive,and makes reference to his relationship with the Lord. He has a big heart and is always ready to help others. He stands firm in his spiritual beliefs. This world would really be a better place if we had more “Wooton’s” in this world.
    By the way, Harlow is only silly-now that can really be annoying.

  • rel96 on August 8th, 2009 - 7:54pm


    I like wooton alot. Yeah he’s silly, but he has a good heart. Harlow’s just silly.

  • Harpazo on August 12th, 2009 - 12:09am


    I vote for Wooton!

  • Harpazo on August 12th, 2009 - 12:14am


    If Wooton were running for President or Mayor, I’d vote for him!

  • Mercy on August 17th, 2009 - 11:07am


    Come On!! Wooton is ok,sure,but he is not THAT great!! Please don’t vote for him!! Wooton has a GREAT HEART,yes,but whenever he tries to be serious,he always throws a lame joke in…..

  • justin on August 19th, 2009 - 3:57am


    Personally, I would think Wooten is better. He’s not “silly” but he’s very down-to-earth and funny. But Harlow is silly.
    And why are you guys arguing??? It’s only AIO characters. No need to argue

  • Lindsey S. on August 20th, 2009 - 3:14pm


    I’m sorry, I got a little carried away. I love both Harlow and Wooton, but I like Wooton more. I know that Wooton is really silly and all, but he has a passionate heart for people and for God. Harlow is just plain silly, and to tell you the truth, I have never heard him say that his is a Christian or if God meant a lot to him. That is why my final vote is for Wooton Basset. So here are the resent results:
    WOOTON – 8 votes
    Harolw – 1 vote
    Sorry Mercy! I guess Wooton wins!!!

  • joy on August 24th, 2009 - 7:23pm


    I agree with you, Lindsey. I also have never heard Harlow make any reference to God in any way. He may be funny, but Wooton gets my vote. Wooton is just a friendly, spirited, fun-loving, Christian guy. I really like him because he’s funny and yet serious about his faith. If I could meet a real-life person, either like Harlow or Wooton, I would choose someone like Wooton sooner.

  • joy on August 24th, 2009 - 7:38pm


    Sorry about the same post being posted so many times but my computer is all out of whack and it gets so annoying. It says my post needs to be modified but when I try again, it re-posts it. I’m really sorry about it but i don’t know how to fix it; I’m not good with computers.

  • Mercy on August 25th, 2009 - 2:35pm


    I’m not seriously upset….Wooton is a great guy! I’m not so surprised that he won…..

  • Amy on September 9th, 2009 - 6:55am


    Mercy, i agree w/Noah – Wooton’s a rockstar!
    But Harlow is SO hilarious 2…
    ! 😀

  • drama on September 15th, 2009 - 12:46pm


    Hey guys what is raddish cramp?Did I say that correctly?Wooten is 1 of my fav characters!I can’t belive he did all those chartoons!I love him he’s hilarious!I also think he should get married to Connie!What do you think?

  • meg on September 19th, 2009 - 1:32pm


    Guys every one of the charictures are great!

  • Trixie on September 28th, 2009 - 5:14pm


    No Wooton showld stay single Drama, maby it would be ok if he found the right girl but he is definitely not Connie’s type.

  • Trixie on September 28th, 2009 - 5:17pm


    No offence Mercy and Amy but I find Harlow Doyle down right annoying. Wooten can be annoying to sometimes but he has such a gift for working with kids and getting them to trust him.

  • Joy S. on October 2nd, 2009 - 8:43pm


    I love Wooten his is so funny and his is a good Christian guy.

  • drama on October 4th, 2009 - 3:06pm


    come one guys Connie is speritly right for wooten.pluse she helps him though his relasinship with god!!!!!!

  • Blank on October 8th, 2009 - 9:07am


    My favourite characters are Wooton, Richard Maxwell, Tasha, Mitch and Donovan

  • Joshua on October 10th, 2009 - 3:46pm


    Wooton is on of my favorite characters

  • harpazo on October 12th, 2009 - 11:12am


    Who is Donovan?

  • Blank on October 23rd, 2009 - 7:55am


    You don’t know who Donovan is!!!!!!!!!!!
    He’s the headman at the NSA embassy that Jason worked at.
    In other words, Before Jason quit his job in National security Donovan was his boss.

  • sophie on November 3rd, 2009 - 3:59pm


    wooton is THE BEST character EVER!!! me and my mom LOVE him!

  • janelle on November 14th, 2009 - 11:03am


    What episode is Donovan in?

  • Blank on November 24th, 2009 - 4:46pm


    Donovan is in “a name not a number”

  • jocelyn on November 26th, 2009 - 12:35am


    i love wooton hes so funny and AWSOME!

  • Joel on December 14th, 2009 - 9:48pm


    Wooton is funny! He is so random, making him a LOT like me. Rock on Wooton Basset!!!! (Wooton for president!)

  • anna on December 20th, 2009 - 5:54pm


    Wooton for presedent!? No offence to Wooton but I don’t think that the goverment would exactly take him for real anyway drama I like that idea of Connie and him!

  • Blank on January 7th, 2010 - 8:28pm


    I think he should totally lead Tasha to christ then marry her. :)

  • Anonymous on January 17th, 2010 - 8:30pm


    Victoria is better

  • lynn on January 21st, 2010 - 3:17pm


    Who is Victoria?
    Anyway, Why are you arguing? Both Harlow AND Wooton are great. I think we all just think Jess Harnell rocks. And he Does!

  • lynn on January 21st, 2010 - 3:23pm


    About Tasha and Wooton, They are SO not meant for each other!! I think Jason Should lead Tasha to Christ and marry her! Don’t you think?

  • idance4jesus on January 25th, 2010 - 5:54pm


    Lynn, Victoria is from the episode ‘Wooing Wooton.’
    Many people thought that she would be the “perfect” match for Wooton. You have to hear the episode to understand.

  • Lynn on January 28th, 2010 - 4:04pm


    Is Victora that girl that Wooton met at an oction or something? I heard the preview for that!

  • idance4jesus on February 7th, 2010 - 1:30pm


    Yes, Lynn, that’s Victoria! It’s actully a very fun episode!! You should listen to the entire episode!!

  • Anonymous on February 15th, 2010 - 1:28pm


    You Are AWESOME Wouton

  • Nathan on February 15th, 2010 - 1:30pm


    You rock Wouton!

  • Lynn on February 16th, 2010 - 5:19pm


    WOOTON IS TOTTALLY COOL!!! Fifteen cheers for Wooton!! ( I feel sorry for whoever writes next!!! I hope your fingers don’t fall off!) But isn’t Wooton worth your fingers falling off!!!

  • goldhunterx on February 17th, 2010 - 4:05pm


    wooton rocks! and i agree, harlow is funny, but if you think about it he’s not very smart. i mean when he was supposed to spell “Icabodia”(i don’t know if that’s right spelling) he said, and this is his direct quote, “OK…Hmm…M…” now, does that sound bad or what! but still, i don’t think wooton should be president.

  • Blank on February 19th, 2010 - 8:24pm


    Wooton snorts alot. It’s pretty funny actually! He’s quite the character :)

  • Lynn on March 4th, 2010 - 6:29pm


    You don’t think Wooton should be president!!! Can you even emagine how much better the world would be if we were all a little more like Wooton? The world would be “heaven!”

  • dOUG on March 17th, 2010 - 2:33pm


    Wooton RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LYNN on March 30th, 2010 - 4:58pm



  • Princess on April 11th, 2010 - 5:53pm


    I LOVE Wooton Basset!!!
    Yes he’s got a very good heart.
    But by the way, Harlow Doyle is hilarious too!!!
    Go Odyssey

  • Anonymous on April 22nd, 2010 - 5:24pm


    GO ODDYSSEY!!!!!!!!!

  • Blank on May 15th, 2010 - 3:48pm


    Ha!!! Wooton for President?! The economy would definetly crumble under his leadership!
    On the other hand, the world would probably be alot better if everyone made an effort to be a little more like Wooton. Although, I don’t think etiquette teachers would agree 😉

  • Chiefs fan on June 2nd, 2010 - 5:09pm


    If Wooton were president, we would be celbrating weird hoilidays like “Creative Coonskin Hat Day” and “Don’t get stuck in the dryer day.” I love Wooton, but he’s just right where he is now! He should marry Connie and Tasha should marry Mitch!

  • LYNN on June 3rd, 2010 - 5:10pm



  • Lynn on June 28th, 2010 - 2:30pm



    I was gone when they aired “Wooing Wooton” And I was TOTALLY disappointed because I couldn’t find it on the ‘listen online,’ but then I found out that you could listen to episodes from two weeks ago so I’m listening to it now!! It ROCKS! (so far!!)

  • Anonymous on July 15th, 2010 - 1:32pm


    We are BIG Wooten fans! 😀

  • 1 on July 23rd, 2010 - 4:27pm



  • Lynn on July 27th, 2010 - 10:34am


    Chief’s Fan-

    The economy is already down! And I really wouldn’t mind celebrating a few extra holidays!

  • qui-gon jinn on July 30th, 2010 - 9:18am


    awesome podcast! jess harnell is so talented and his characters, wooton and Capt. Absolutely, are so cool.

  • Bookworm on August 5th, 2010 - 6:18pm


    Hey Drama! Did you know he actually said WRITERS cramp, not radish cramp.

  • college kid on September 27th, 2010 - 8:09pm


    Though Wooton is AWESOME, Will Ryan (voice of Harlow) is far better than Jess Harnell (voice of Wooton)

  • ROBERT E LEE on October 1st, 2010 - 6:40pm


    Awesome! Wooten rocks.

  • ash on October 12th, 2010 - 9:05pm


    i totally think victoria and wooton should be together. wooton is my fav character out of all of them. harlow is kinda silly (and weird) :)

  • Lynn on November 2nd, 2010 - 4:07pm


    I like Wooton WAY, WAY better than Harlow. Harlow is okay, but Wooton is my all time FAVORITE Oddyssey character!! Rock on Wooton!!! You ROCK, Wooton!

  • wooton fan on January 12th, 2011 - 6:53pm


    First of all, “wooten” is spelled WOOTON. 2nd , what episode is Tasha in? It would be amazing if Tasha is better than Victoria.

    p.s. WOOTON IS AWESOME! He is 2nd to Whit. Whit is the best.

  • melody on April 9th, 2011 - 3:05pm


    Wooten is the coolest character. He’s also one of the funniest:-)
    (I also really like Bryan Dern)

  • Lynn on June 1st, 2011 - 9:22am


    Wooten Fan:
    Tasha is in the episode, “Accidental adventure” and she is SO not better than Victoria!! Tasha and jason are meant for each other! You should listen to “The accidental Adventure sometime, but you’d better have a little bit of time! There’s 2 parts!

  • cjoy on June 11th, 2011 - 9:23am


    it should go like this: connie and mitch, Jason and tasha, wooton and penny. connie an dwooton would not go at ALL 😛 jess harnell u ROCK!!!!! 8)

  • odysseyscool on July 22nd, 2011 - 12:20pm


    yayayayayayayayayayayya Harlow is the best! (except I don’t think anyone will check my comment after so long)

  • X3 (Blank) on September 11th, 2011 - 1:23pm


    Really? Maybe the reason why I don’t really like Harlow is because I like competent characters. I know he’s funny and all, but Wooton is funny *and* competent.

  • X3 (Blank) on September 11th, 2011 - 1:26pm


    College Kid,
    ARE YOU KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Jess Harnell is an amazing actor and probably a little better than Will Ryan. Where do you think he got the nickname “Man of a Thousand Voices”.

  • Lynn on October 11th, 2011 - 5:34pm


    Totally, I agree with x3(Blank) Though Will Ryan is awesome , too.

  • Lynn on October 11th, 2011 - 5:40pm


    Finally! someone who gets it! No one else gets that the producers are trying to send a message!
    (except Connie might be switching to Jason since Mitch is gone!)

  • Anonymous on November 29th, 2011 - 12:29am


    I still think that connie should get a boyfriend and Eugene a baby

    -A defferent Amy

  • Amy on November 29th, 2011 - 11:29am


    don’t forget about Jay now that is a cool gye

  • zach on February 11th, 2012 - 8:02am


    jess harnell also plays iron hide in transformers and also plays wooton basset COOL :-)

  • lindsey on March 6th, 2012 - 8:40pm



  • lindsey on March 6th, 2012 - 8:51pm


    I can do the Wooton Laugh!

  • Janie b. on May 1st, 2012 - 1:38pm


    Wooton, Harlow, Eugene, Mr. Whittiker, and Connie are some of my favorites. I have way too many to list!! I also really like the Washington family. I LOVE ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY!!!!!!!! I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WITHOUT IT!!!!! 😀

  • Jacob on May 7th, 2012 - 9:07am


    Wooton is so awsome he is by far my faverat ever GO WOOTON!!!!!!!!

  • :-) on May 15th, 2012 - 3:08pm


    i vote wooton!

  • Awesome on June 13th, 2012 - 9:41am


    I love wooton!!!!! Jess Harnell is a very talented acter!!!!!!

  • rach on June 28th, 2012 - 8:05am


    i<3 wooton

  • Josi on November 14th, 2012 - 7:56am


    Who is Harlow????????????????????? I LOVE WOOTON TO DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE IS SOOOOO AWASOME

  • Jack on March 12th, 2013 - 9:28am


    Would you stop writing to each other about Harlow and Wooton, they are are both awesome! Please!

  • zach on March 20th, 2013 - 1:11pm


    jack:thats what im thinking!

  • Melerandil on April 23rd, 2013 - 11:51am


    Jess is a super awesome funny actor.

    Soli Deo Gloria

  • Hannah on June 21st, 2013 - 6:46pm


    they are both wonderful

  • LIZ on July 6th, 2013 - 7:34pm


    Y’ALL!!! Wooton is totally beast :) he and penny should soooooooooooo get married!!!

  • Josi on July 29th, 2013 - 12:15pm


    How can Mercy NOT LIKE WOOTON BASSET?!?!?!?!?!?!?! He is awesome times a billion!!!!! Harlow Doyle wasn’t that great though. Wooton has a great personality plus the desire to teach people about Jesus. he’s the one that brought Grady to Christ right?

  • Josi on July 29th, 2013 - 12:27pm


    I LOVE WOOTON TO DEATH.( Wooton for King!!!!) and whoever thinks he should marry Tasha obviously hasn’t heard of penny wise. They’re the most perfect couple ever!!!! Jess Harnell is soo gifted. how can he make wooton sound so…. well…. wootonish? Jess is impressive. (Cute too:))whoever likes wooton as much as i do type tons of these <3<3 GO JESS please never let anyone replace you Jess if you do i think i will cry my eyes out for a year. if you havn't figured it out yet well i LOVE WOOTON!

  • DArCI on July 29th, 2013 - 2:08pm



  • darci on August 6th, 2013 - 7:11pm


    JESS Harnell is the BEST EVER! He is SOOOOO AWSOME!! he is Defenently my favorite on AIO! I love him to DEATH

  • AIO fan #1 on August 8th, 2013 - 8:00am


    Wooton for KING!!!!!!!!

  • AIO fan #1 on August 8th, 2013 - 8:24am


    Okay, here it goes… Wooton and Penny should get married. Tasha and Jason should get married. Connie and Mitch should get married. Eugene and Katrina, Already got married. Whit should stay single (No offence, but he is a little bit to old to get married but thats just my oppion:) i’m SOOOO Sorry Whit:( don’t take it to hard:( I geuss he’s not toooooooooooo old:) Who all does that leave? Oh yeah Emily I love her she’s such a good detective:) ILOVEEMILY!!!!!! Her and Matthew! who all did I forget

  • AIO fan #1 on August 8th, 2013 - 8:39am


    Wooton is THE BEST EVER! HE IS MY ABSOUTE FAVORITE! I LOVE JESS HARNELL!!!!!He is soooo gifted by God! I wish that I had that talent! BYE the way Jess You do GREAT at the beetles:):):):) My dad used to, and still does listen to them ALL THE TIME!!who ever dosn’t know how to say gutar this is how it is pronounced:) (GeeTarr:)I love how Wooton loves God. He is soo encourageing!!!!!

  • WOOTON FREAK on August 8th, 2013 - 8:49am


    Who ever thinks that COnnie and Jason should get married, i’m sorry but there NUTS!!! Man this makes me MAD! okay i’m sorry I got a little carried away there. I geuss thats just my oppinion:( But i’m very sensitive on my AIO charictors:( VERY! Mitch, Connie. Wooton, Penny. Whit, single:( Emily, Matthew:):). Ha-ha-ha- SORRU EMILY that was just a joke!!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!

  • JOSI on August 20th, 2013 - 7:14am


    Hi Wooton freak. I totally agree with you about Mitch and Connie,and Wooton and Penny. But Jason and Tasha should definitly get married. (after Tasha becomes a Christian)

  • josi on August 20th, 2013 - 7:29am


    Okay so i’m going to continue the vote that started in 2009 by Janelle. (Wow, four years ago) It’s a vote deciding if Harlow doyle, or Wooton is better.The vote will end on August 23rd so you have three days to vote. If you like Harlow, than type only ONE word…. Harlow, or Wooton.

  • josi on August 20th, 2013 - 7:32am



  • josi on August 20th, 2013 - 7:49am


    Who here likes francesca Battestelli? I DO!!!! i have three of her albums, “hundred more years,” “my paper heart,” and the Christmas edition. LOVE HER!!!!

  • cj on August 22nd, 2013 - 6:15pm



  • josi on August 26th, 2013 - 3:40pm


    Thanks for posting CJ:) Two votes for wooton! zero for Harlow!

  • josi on August 26th, 2013 - 3:41pm


    Yay! Wooton won! YAY! YAY! Wooton is the winner!!!!

  • josi on August 26th, 2013 - 3:43pm


    Sorry I cut you off Kaylee, but mom called me for supper. It was really good, we had turkey,mashed potatoes,and green beans freshly canned. (and a glass of milk)

  • JOsi on September 2nd, 2013 - 10:09am


    Helooo? Is anybody out there? I know this is an old podcast,but couldn’t someone have a conversation with me? I tried posting on the free episode “Wonderland” or “Wonderworld” or something like that,but my comments just arn’t being posted. It’s really annoying!

  • connie on October 18th, 2013 - 3:45pm



  • mandy on November 9th, 2013 - 9:57am



  • connie on November 9th, 2013 - 9:59am


    hello mr. monitor guys thank you 4 doing your jobs as well as you do connie<3

  • Junior mints on April 9th, 2014 - 6:48am


    Hahahahahaha Jess harnell is SOO funny! 😀

  • Odysseykid on November 27th, 2014 - 10:46am


    Wooton is better than Harlow. harlow was dumb, Wooton is funny but sweet

  • Sarah on January 14th, 2015 - 12:16pm


    Isn’t Jess harnell in Lamplighter too?

  • Odyssey kid on January 19th, 2015 - 7:01pm


    Wooton is quiet weird but very kind good with children and spiritual with humor. my vote is Wooton but don’t elect him for president we’d be celebrating ‘National Licorice Day’ or ‘National Sock Day.” Harlow Doyle is slightly funny but dumb and sounds like he has serious issues or something. Go Wooton!! Go Jess Harnell!

  • cjr on May 31st, 2015 - 12:43pm



  • CONNER on June 24th, 2015 - 10:13am


    Jess Harnel is in Lamplighter, yes. Is there a download for this podcast?

  • Connierocks on July 4th, 2015 - 6:36pm


    Hey guys connie and Mitch are perfect together

  • powerboy on August 6th, 2015 - 12:31pm


    I AGREE CONNIEROCKS exept for the fact that mitch is alredy maried

  • powerboy on August 6th, 2015 - 12:43pm


    who likes………….um buck?

  • powerboy on August 6th, 2015 - 12:48pm


    i like buck does anyone else?

  • powerboy on August 6th, 2015 - 12:50pm


    is anyone listening?

  • powerboy on August 6th, 2015 - 12:52pm


    I LOVE POWERBOY!!!!!!!!!!
    and captian absalutly

  • powerboy on August 6th, 2015 - 12:57pm


    i like powerboy

  • powerboy on August 7th, 2015 - 5:20am


    who likes jenney

  • PowerboY on August 8th, 2015 - 7:23pm


    I love wooton

  • PowerboY on August 9th, 2015 - 10:59am


    Hi Jess I don’t know if you are hearing this but I love your work as wooton???

  • PowerboY on August 9th, 2015 - 5:31pm


    I love aio

  • PowerboY on August 15th, 2015 - 5:56pm


    Why is no one answering?

  • PowerboY on August 15th, 2015 - 5:56pm


    i like saying bob

  • Steve on September 3rd, 2015 - 5:57pm


    Hello Jess I am such a huge fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POWER BOY on October 4th, 2015 - 6:19pm


    Hi Steve do you play minecraft?

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