I got this question some days ago, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot.
It does seem like some fans are very fond of the idea of keeping their head canons intact. I don’t really have a watertight argument to refute that, but here’s my thoughts.
The live shows have no props or costumes. The actors stand on stage holding the script. I would argue that this makes it less like “this is Cecil Palmer” and more like “this is Cecil Baldwin, the actor, and he will now perform Cecil Palmer for you”.
In a play with costumes, wigs, and props, you would get a different sort of immersion experience. But since WTNV is audio only, there’s something different going on here. The immersion comes from familiar voices and familiar music; the show is fully there, what happens on stage just adds to it. You get to see Cecil’s hundred faces and gestures a minute. You get to be entertained by him in person. But it’s Cecil Baldwin doing that, not Cecil Palmer.
When I listen to the podcast now, even after seeing one live show and countless photos from other shows, I don’t see Cecil sitting down with a script in his apartment. I see Cecil Palmer in a radio station. I must admit my CP looks like CB now, but that might just be from fangirling and looking at photos of him every day for.. three years soon?
Cecil’s faces and hand gestures are priceless, BUT if your dad really insists on not seeing the actors, tie a bandage on his eyes during the show? It might sound silly, but hearing the live show is still a completely different experience than listening to a podcast. You’re there in the same space, and you feel the audience’s energy and it’s super exciting.
If blog readers have reactions/personal stories about this, please let me know!