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Did Super Mario Voice Actor Charles Martinet Retire?

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Charles Martinet has voiced Mario, Luigi, and Wario in Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. video games for over 30 years. Did he retire? Here’s what we know.

By D.M.

Aug. 22 2023, Published 8:09 a.m. ET

Charles Martinet attends the Los Angeles premiere of Crunchyroll's "Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO"
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For over 30 years, Charles Martinet served as the voice of Mario and Luigi in Nintendo’s popular Super Mario video games. Mario and his brother Luigi have been staples in pop culture since their introduction in 1981. The duo first appeared in the Donkey Kong franchise, before becoming stars of their own arcade game. Charles joined the fold in 1991, where he voiced the beloved characters until his retirement on Aug. 21, 2023.

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Charles’s first gigs with Nintendo involved lending his voice to the character from behind an animated screen at gaming conventions. During an interview with Guinness World Records’ Gamer’s podcast, Charles revealed that he previously worked as a voice actor for radio and television shows before “crashing” Nintendo’s audition for the role. Charles explained that the voice for Mario was inspired by Gremio from The Taming of the Shrew, a character he played in a previous production.

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Why did Mario voice actor Charles Martinet retire?

Charles Martinet had a triumphant career as the voice of Mario until his retirement on Aug. 21. In a statement released on Twitter, Nintendo confirmed that Charles would be stepping down from the role and praised the actor for his work. “It’s been a privilege working with Charles to help bring Mario to life for so many years and we want to thank and celebrate him,” the statement read. Nintendo went on to reveal that Charles would be remaining with the company, but in a different role.

Charles has voiced numerous ‘Super Mario’ characters during his career.

Charles made his gaming debut as Mario in 1995’s Mario Teaches Typing, where he guided typing students as the beloved animated plumber. Things took off four years later, following the release of Super Mario 64. The video game, which was released on Nintendo 64, has sold 12 million copies, according to Smithsonian Magazine. Charles also voiced Luigo, Wario, Waluigi, and several smaller characters in the franchise but has since called it quits.

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Per Nintendo, Charles will now serve as a Mario ambassador and will lend his voice to the role at appearances across the world. Nintendo didn’t disclose what prompted the end of Charles’s time as Mario and didn’t name a replacement. Following the announcement of Charles’s retirement, fans took to social media to share tributes to the actor who was the voice of Mario for over three decades.

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Charles Martinet hoped to voice Mario forever!

While it isn’t clear what led to Charles’s retirement, the actor previously gushed over the role and suggested that he wanted to voice Mario as long as he could. “I want to voice Mario until I drop dead,” Charles said during an appearance at FAN EXPO Canada: Limited Edition (per Game Crater). “If someday I think I am no longer capable of doing it, I will tell Nintendo to look into finding someone else.”

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Despite his previous proclamation, Charles has stepped down from the role. The entertainer responded to the retirement announcement, writing, “My new Adventure begins!”

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Why Do People Hate Matt Rife? His Jokes Aren’t for Everyone

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Comedian Matt Rife rose to fame based on his viral videos featuring his incredible crowd work. So, why do people hate him? Here’s what we know.

 Matt Rife attends the Forbes Top 50 Creators Celebration at Forbes on Fifth on Nov. 9, 2023, in New York City
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The Gist:

  • Matt Rife is a comedian with over 18.2 million followers on TikTok.
  • His Netflix special, Natural Selection, hasn’t set well with many people.
  • One joke in particular about domestic violence has put Matt in the hot seat.

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As of the time of this writing, the Rotten Tomatoes audience score for comedian Matt Rife’s Netflix special, Natural Selection, is sitting at a dismal 16 percent based on over 500 ratings. How can someone whose TikTok account boasts an impressive 18.2 million followers have such an embarrassing response? Perhaps he should have taken a page out of Todd Barry’s handbook, who once did an entire special based entirely on crowd work. After all, crowd work is what got Matt Rife all of his fans.

To be fair, a great deal of Matt’s fans are women and they have flocked to the under-30 comic based on his good looks. This is why it was especially surprising to hear that Matt “doesn’t pander to women,” per Variety. No one is saying Matt has to pander to anyone, but he seems to have gone too far in an effort to prove that he isn’t kowtowing to his female fanbase. So, why do people hate Matt Rife? Let’s get into it.

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Matt Rife at the Forbes Top 50 Creators Celebration at Forbes on Fifth on Nov. 9, 2023, in New York City.
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Why do people hate Matt Rife? Here’s what Matt thinks.

In June 2023, five full months before Matt’s special dropped, he went on Tana Mongeau’s podcast to chat all things Matt Rife. When Tana said the coolest part about being a comedian was never apologizing or caring about cancel culture, Matt jumped on that sentiment. As a reminder, cancel culture doesn’t really exist. For proof look to Louis CK, whose 2022 album about cancelation earned him a Grammy. Incidentally he filmed that on March 8, 2020, which is International Women’s Day.

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To no one’s surprise, Matt hates the fictional idea of cancel culture. “The world is full of the most insane people in the entire world and everybody wants to be mad at everything. Everyone’s feelings are hurt all the time, and I just don’t have it in me to care anymore,” he said. Matt goes on to say that all things are forgivable if your “intentions are pure.” I couldn’t disagree with that more. Saying horrible things and then quickly saying they’re just jokes, doesn’t make them less cruel.

Around 45 minutes into the podcast, Matt talks about how success is what makes people want to come for you. He adds that when you get to his level there’s an image you want to portray but the “reality is you’re going to say things people don’t like” or take out of context. This is also when Matt reveals a possible resentment towards his lady fans because he can’t tell if they like him because he’s funny or because they are attracted to him. It’s clear that doesn’t sit well with him.

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We finally learn that according to Matt himself, people hate him for “no reason” but they actually hate him because they are jealous of him. Historically that’s why he has disliked someone ergo, that’s what’s happening to him. It turns out there is at least one reason why people are unhappy with Matt Rife.

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People have been very critical of Matt Rife’s special for very good reason.

As someone who is from Maryland and currently lives in Baltimore, I have heard and made my fair share of jokes at its expense. Baltimore has been the butt of many barbs, even though The Wire is still one of the best shows ever made. She simply can’t catch a break. This is what makes Matt’s joke about the city, and one woman in particular, all the more trite. Better people have referred to Charm City as rachet.

Hating on Baltimore isn’t why Matt is receiving so much backlash. His special begins with Matt telling a story about eating at a diner in Baltimore where the hostess had a black eye. A friend who was allegedly with him said she should be back in the kitchen where no one can see her face. To which Matt said, “Yeah, but I feel like if she could cook, she wouldn’t have that black eye.”

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The responses to this story were predictably quick and angry. It prompted an “apology” from Matt via his Instagram stories. “If you’ve ever been offended by a joke I’ve told, here’s a link to my official apology. Tap to solve the issue.” Upon tapping, folks taken to a website that sold helmets for individuals with special needs.

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There are some subjects that require a certain amount of comedic finesse and domestic violence is definitely one of them. It’s not untouchable as long as a person, and please forgive this turn of phrase but it’s common in comedy, punches up not down. The person you are ridiculing shouldn’t be part of a marginalized group and they certainly shouldn’t be framed as a victim of assault. This is especially true if the comic making this unfunny observation is a straight white man.

It’s not that people with a disability, sexual assault survivors, members of the LGBTQIA community, people of color, or women don’t like jokes at their expense. They just don’t like bad jokes, and Matt is simply not funny enough to joke about these sensitive issues. Now, if Matt wants to joke about how he looks like a Dick Tracy villain working at an Abercrombie and Fitch outlet store, then I’m tuning in. Until then, perhaps he should stick to crowd work.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

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Why Is Scott Disick Called Lord? Title, Explained

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We all know Scott Disick as the lovable villain on ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians.’ But did you know that he refers to himself as royalty?

The Gist:

  • Scott Disick literally holds the royal title of lord!
  • Scott got this title in the least glamorous way possible.
  • People are wondering if this means his kids are now royalty.

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Fans are wondering: why exactly is Scott Disick, the perennial bad boy turned family man, donned with the moniker of nobility? What’s the story behind his title of lord? Here’s what we know.

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There’s a not so glamorous story behind Scott’s title of lord.

The genesis of Scott’s honorary title can be traced back to the playful and somewhat eccentric nature of the reality TV star. In a memorable episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Scott, known for his cheeky antics, declared his aspirations for royalty.

“Whether it’s Sir Disick, Lord Disick, Count Disick — becoming royal is going to get me the respect I deserve,” he proclaimed. I mean the man’s Instagram handle is literally, @letthelordbewithyou.

The twist is that Scott didn’t ascend to his noble status through traditional means. Instead, he purchased the title online, adding a touch of irony to his newfound aristocracy.

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People can get the title of lord three different ways.

While Scott’s method of acquiring a lordship isn’t exactly fancy, it’s worth exploring the various legitimate ways one can obtain such a title. Traditionally, titles like lord or lady are hereditary or granted by the monarch for notable contributions.

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However, in the modern era, companies such as Highland Titles offer individuals the opportunity to purchase novelty titles, allowing them to playfully adopt the mantle of nobility. Also, marrying into a family with existing titles or appointment to the House of Lords, one of the chambers of the U.K. Parliament, are other avenues through which one can acquire such distinctions.

Just because Scott is a lord, doesn’t mean his kids are royalty.

Even though Scott named one of his kids Reign, the royal status he purchased doesn’t bestow any royal status upon his children. In the world of reality TV and celebrity culture, playful titles and eccentric declarations aren’t uncommon.

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While his three children — Mason, Penelope, and Reign — are certainly reality TV royalty, they aren’t legitimate members of a royal family. The line between fantasy and reality in the Kardashian universe is often blurred, and Scott’s title is just another facet of the family’s penchant for dramatic flair.

So, there you have it — the whimsical tale of how Scott, the charismatic maverick of the Kardashian clan, became “Lord Disick.” Whether it’s through online purchases, noble lineage, or parliamentary appointments, the world of titles and distinctions is far more diverse than one might imagine. And we can’t wait to see what crazy antic Scott will think of next!

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Who Is Rebecca Jarvis’s Husband? Let’s Meet Matthew Hanson

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Rebecca Jarvis has opened up about her husband, Matthew Hanson, and their fertility journey. They welcomed their second child through surrogacy.

Rebecca Jarvis and husband Matthew Hanson during an interview
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The Gist:

  • Rebecca Jarvis, ABC correspondent and podcast host, is a family-focused individual.

  • Rebecca and her husband Matthew Hanson met at the University of Chicago, worked together at Bank of America, and got married in 2012.

  • The couple overcame fertility challenges, including seven rounds of IVF and a late-term miscarriage, before opting for surrogacy.

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ABC news darling Rebecca Jarvis is now a mother times two! Many know her as the host and creator of The Dropout podcast, but she has been an investigative journalist and television personality for years. In fact, she was even highlighted in Teen People’s “20 Teens Who Will Change the World” in 2000, and she has done just that, alongside her husband and kids.

Rebecca isn’t just a career woman, despite her successful career with ABC as their Chief Business, Technology, and Economics Correspondent, frequently appearing on Good Morning America. She is also a family woman on top of hosting her regular podcast, No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis. In November 2023, Rebecca and her husband, Matthew Hanson, welcomed their second child after a long fertility journey.

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Rebecca Jarvis, husband Matthew Hanson, daughter Isabel, and son Leo
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Rebecca Jarvis and her husband, Matthew Hanson, got married in 2012.

Rebecca met her husband, Matthew, at the University of Chicago, where they graduated together. However, they didn’t start dating until years later, according to their New York Times wedding announcement. “I remember him as this guy’s guy, always hanging out with a large group of friends and making them laugh,” Rebecca said.

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“She was the funniest girl I ever met,” Matthew said. “There was an enormous depth to her personality and character that she didn’t reveal to a lot of people. I found that very appealing.” The pair worked together at the Bank of America in Chicago in investment banking, which is when they fell in love.

Rebecca Jarvis at an event at The Paley Center for Media on Sept. 19, 2023
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In 2006, Rebecca was hired by CNBC in New York, so she moved while they were long-distance for two years. In 2008, Matthew moved to be with Rebecca, and in 2010, he proposed. “I did not see it coming,” Rebecca said of the proposal. “It was so cold out, and we were both shivering. When he took off his glove and reached into his pocket to take out the ring, it was difficult to tell if he was shivering from the cold or from nervousness.”

Rebecca and Matthew have two kids together, but they had to go through various fertility treatments.

Rebecca and Matthew have wanted to be parents for their entire relationship. They now have two children, Isabel Noemi and baby Leo. Isabel was born in February 2019 after seven rounds of IVF. While Rebecca and Matthew love their little girl, they always wanted a family of four to mirror Rebecca’s own upbringing, which she discussed on Good Morning America.

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They revealed their journey to conceiving Leo in a 10-minute segment, in which Rebecca shared that she had a miscarriage at five months, which is considered a late-term miscarriage. She had been pregnant several times, but could never carry to term. At a certain point, their doctor said that their best chance at conceiving was with a surrogate.

They had never considered this option, but they decided to go for it. Rebecca was nervous that she wouldn’t connect as deeply with her second child. But after speaking to friends, she found a new way to empathize with fathers, who also don’t carry their children in the womb. Now, Rebecca and Matthew have the perfect nuclear family with their daughter, Isabel, and baby boy Leo. Congrats to the Jarvis-Hanson family!

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