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Nazareth's Kate Micucci voices character for Cartoon Network's 'Steven Universe'

November 6, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 06--Nazareth native Kate Micucci provides the voice for one of the characters in Cartoon Network's newest animated show, "Steven Universe." It's the fourth cartoon show in the past year to hire Micucci to provide a character's voice.

"Steven Universe" airs at 8 p.m. Mondays, and Micucci plays Sadie, a clerk in the donut shop that the title character frequents.

The show is the first Cartoon Network show solely created by a woman in the network's 21-year history. It's the brainchild of Rebecca Sugar, who had worked as a storyboard artist on the network's "Adventure Time."

The new show follows a group of female heroes, "the Crystal Gems," who all get their powers from gems embedded in their bodies. Steven is a young boy who inherited a gem in his belly from his mother but doesn't know how to activate his powers. The three adult "gems" look after him -- in between the time they're saving the universe.

Micucci plays a sympathetic clerk who runs interference when Steven is picked on by her co-worker.

Other voices include Zach Callison as Steven, R&B singer-songwriter Estelle and comedian Sinbad. Guest voices include Aimee Mann and Nicki Minaj.

The show joins Cartoon Network Monday hits "Adventure Time," "MAD" and "Regular Show," which has Allentown native Mike Roth as one of its producers.

Since 2012, Micucci has done voices for animated characters in IFC's "Out There," Cartoon Network's "Teen Titans Go!" and Disney's "Motorcity."

Micucci also is returning to CBS' hit "The Big Bang Theory" on Nov. 14 as Lucy, the ex-girlfriend of series star Raj, played by Kunal Nayyar. She had a recurring role as the awkward Lucy during the last season of the show.

Micucci is slated to get a live series in 2014 on IFC with her Garfunkel and Oates musical partner Riki Lindhome. The half-hour show, called "Garfunkel and Oates," will follow the adventures of the musical comedy duo, and will spotlight the personal and professional lives of the women who sing satirical songs.

She and Lindhome wrote the love song "If I Didn't Have You," which was featured on a recent episode of "The Big Bang Theory." A recording of the song performed by "The Big Bang Theory" cast can be downloaded on iTunes to benefit MusiCares, which provides assistance for musicians in times of need.

Garfunkel and Oates performed a show last year at Musikfest Cafe in the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. A noted ukulele player, Micucci, a 1998 Nazareth High School grad, has also served as grand marshal for Nazareth's kazoo parade.

kathy.lauer@mcall.com

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