10 actors who auditioned to be Stephen Hawking’s new voice in hilarious sketch


Renowned scientist and genius Stephen Hawking auditioned several Hollywood A-listers to become his new voice in a hilarious (and fictitious) sketch for Comic Relief. Professor Hawking, also known for his incredible sense of humor and for guest starring in sitcoms like The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory, has used his iconic computerized voice for over 30 years. In the sketch, he says that he feels it is “time for an upgrade.”

Check out 10 of the celebrities who auditioned to be Hawking’s new voice:

1. Liam Neeson did his bit from “Taken” to highlight how “deep and sexy” his voice is.  

Liam Neeson
Liam: “I don’t know who you are, I don’t know what you want…”

2. Rebel Wilson auditioned like it was a film project, but pronounced Hawking’s name wrong.

Rebel Wilson
Rebel: “Hi, I’m Rebel Wilson. I’m reading for the role of Stephen Hawking…”

3. Anna Kendrick tried selling her good traits–kind of.

Anna Kendrick
Anna: “I’m intelligent–kind of. And I’m really cool–kind of.”

  4. Gordon Ramsays audition clip was full of expletives, as expected.

Gordon Ramsay
Gordon: “You’d be f***ing crazy not to pick me.”

5. Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to sing a rephrased version of his own song “Memory.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew: 🎶 Memory… you have photographic memory… 🎶

6. Miss Piggy of The Muppets promised to make science sexy.

Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy, after doing a bunch of poses: “Hot, right?”

7. Lin Manuel Miranda brought his A-game and rapped to express why he should be Hawking’s new voice.

Lin Manuel Miranda
Lin: 🎶 Yo’ my name’s Lin Manuel, my voice is dope as hell 🎶

8. Felicity Jones tried to bring her Star Wars cred into the audition and said that she’s the only one from that franchise offering her services for free, but–

Felicity Jones
Felicity: “Star Wars, Stephen. It doesn’t get more Physics-y than that.”

9. John Boyega also auditioned, saying that he is the best man for the job.

John Boyega
John: “I’ve been to space before. You talk about space… I’ve lived it.”

10. Eddie Redmayne, who played Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” and won an Oscar for it, was insulted that he even had to audition to be the new voice.

Eddie Redmayne
Eddie: “So what is it, like a sequel? If they want me to go through that again, they’re going to have to pay me a shedload of cash.”

Professor Hawking seemed to be unimpressed with the audition clips, saying things like “I don’t think anyone would take me seriously if I sounded like that,” and “I’d sound like an idiot if that was my voice.”

Hawking did choose a new voice at the end of the clip. We think it’s this British fellow. What do you think?

You can watch the video here:

Note: Comic Relief is a British charity whose mission is to “drive positive change through the power of entertainment.” Remember the video “Coldplay’s Game of Thrones: The Musical”? That’s one of their projects for Red Nose Day, a yearly fundraiser that they organize.