Comedians toon in for ‘Dilbert’

Voices of Elliott, Griffin, Miller join Stern in UPN series

Several well-known comedians, including Chris Elliott (“Cabin Boy”), Kathy Griffin (“Suddenly Susan”) and Larry Miller (“The Nutty Professor”), have joined the voice cast of “Dilbert,” Columbia TriStar TV’s upcoming animated series for UPN.

Also joining the cast are director Gordon Hunt, father of actress Helen Hunt, and actress Jackie Hoffman.

“When we imagined the cast for ‘Dilbert,’ this is the cast we imagined,” said Larry Charles (“Seinfeld,” ‘Mad About You”), who is executive producing the series with Scott Adams, creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip, which pokes fun at workplace foibles.

Elliott, who was a regular on “Late Night With David Letterman” and starred in the series “Get a Life!” and “The Naked Truth,” will voice the character Dogbert.

Griffin, the red-headed regular on NBC’s “Suddenly Susan,” has done voiceover work for the animated cable series “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist” and has appeared on numerous sitcoms, including “Seinfeld,” “Mad About You” and “Ellen.” In “Dilbert,” she’ll play the character Alice.

Miller’s film credits include “For Richer or Poorer,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “The Nutty Professor” “L.A. Story” and “Pretty Woman.” He’s had TV acting stints on “Dream On,” “Mad About You,” “Michael Hayes,” “The Pursuit of Happiness,” “Law & Order,” “Seinfeld,” “Just Shoot Me” and “George & Leo.”

He’s also done voiceover work for “Dr. Katz,” and he’ll play the pointy-haired boss in “Dilbert.”

Gordon Hunt is best known for directing such series as “Mad About You,” “Fired Up,” “Frasier,” “Coach” and “Caroline in the City.” He’s also worked as a voice director on several projects, and he’s had acting stints on “Cheers” and in the movie “Crimes of Passion.”

Hunt’s steady acting job playing the character Wally on “Dilbert” comes at a time when his daughter, Helen, the star of “Mad About You” and Oscar winner for “As Good As It Gets,” wants to turn her attention more toward her father’s main profession, directing.

Hoffman, who starred in Disney’s TV remake of “Freaky Friday,” will play Dilbert’s Mom. All of the new cast members join Daniel Stern (“The Wonder Years”) who was previously cast in the title role, the cubicle-dwelling engineer.