NEW BEDFORD (WBSM) — When you own a record shop, you never know who is going to walk through the doors. It may even be a real live cartoon.

That’s what happened at Purchase Street Records on Pope’s Island in New Bedford on Sunday, when Bob’s Burgers star Eugene Mirman stopped in to do a little shopping.

Purchase Street Records owner Roger Chouinard told WBSM that Mirman, who voices the character of Gene Belcher, was visiting New Bedford and drove by the shop and decided to stop in.

“He was with his family,” Chouinard said. “He didn’t say who he was, but his wife said, ‘Look, your records are here, you should sign them.”

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Chouinard had both the soundtrack album to The Bob’s Burgers Movie and The Bob’s Burgers Music Album Vol. 2 in the shop, and Mirman signed them while showing off his signature wit.

“He said they’d probably be worth less unopened,” Chouinard said.

Mirman grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts from the time he was four years old (he was born in Moscow, Russia) and attended Hampshire College in Amherst.

A few years ago, WBSM’s Taylor Cormier wrote an article explaining his theory that Bob’s Burgers could actually take place in New Bedford.

READ MORE: Fan Theory Suggests 'Bob's Burgers' Takes Place in New Bedford

He listed six different reasons, and the article garnered enough attention to be featured on popular websites such as and It was also debated on Reddit and on other fan sites.

It made sense, especially since Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard is likely familiar with New Bedford, since he grew up in Medford, Massachusetts.

However, Mirman responded on Twitter at that time that he thought it took place in New Jersey, but that he liked to think it was “somewhere in New England, like Old Orchard Beach.”

READ MORE: The Internet Agrees 'Bob's Burgers' Is Based in New Bedford

He also said that he enjoyed a visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2016 and that he visits the antique shops in the city on occasion.

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So you may just see – and hear – "Gene" around the Whaling City.

“He’s a super nice guy and just a regular person,” Chouinard said.

Another celebrity is coming to New Bedford this coming weekend, as former ECW Champion and hardcore wrestling legend Tommy Dreamer will be taking part in LIVE Pro Wrestling’s Cisco Slam 2 at Cisco Brewers Kitchen & Bar on Sunday, July 14.

Chouinard’s band All Sinners, which keeps the spirit of 1980s rock and metal alive with their original songs such as “The Hunted,” “Believer” and “Rise Up,” will be performing at Cisco right before bell time.

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