The folks at Animation Domination High Def this week officially confirmed the absolute worst kept secret in the history of comedy— the mighty Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation fame, is voicing the titular character of its series Axe Cop, bowing July 27 at 11 pm ET on Fox. Despite releasing occasional previews since last fall, the folks at ADHD were legally forbidden to utter Offerman’s name in connection with the animated series, which centers on a crimefighter who wields an axe (naturally), who eats nothing but cake (birthday only) and sleeps two minutes a day. Also, he has a thick-ass mustache. Duh. If it sounds like something a five-year-old might make up, it is. The show is based on the comic book created by Malachai Nicolle; adult brother Ethan then illustrated all the little guy’s ideas.
In addition to coming clean about Offerman, Fox has revealed the remaining voice cast, which is, to put it mildly, fucking stellar. Patton Oswalt plays Sockarang. “Patton came in and on the spot said he’d love to be on the show,” Ethan says. “I got to sit in on voice recording one day while he recorded and he nailed 95 percent of his lines on the first try.”
Ken Marino plays Flute Cop, who transforms “when blood rains on him.” Rob Huebel voices Gray Diamond, who’s part of Axe Cop’s posse. Peter Serafinowicz will voice multiple characters, one of which is named Dr. Doo Doo (nice!). Michael Madsen plays Baby Man; Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) plays Book Cop; Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, also) plays Army Chihuahua and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men) plays Bat Warthog Man. Megan Mullally, Offerman’s wife, is also on the cast.
The series, also executive produced by Offerman, will be part of Fox’s new Saturday night all-animation lineup, which will include The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad. You can check out a taste below. Enjoy!