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Funny In Failure

May 20, 2024

Phil LaMarr is an actor, improviser and writer and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of MAD TV, the voice of SAMURAI JACK, “Hermes” on FUTURAMA, “Static” on STATIC SHOCK, “Green Lantern” on JUSTICE LEAGUE and as "Marvin" in PULP FICTION.

For over 30 years, Phil has thrilled audiences with his work on camera and behind the mic on tv shows such as Family Guy, Young Justice, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Trek: Lower Decks, The Flash, Supergirl, Get Shorty, Lucifer, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Veep; feature films like Madagascar 2, Incredibles 2, and The Lion King (2019) and video games including Jak & Daxter, Fortnite, Shadow of Mordor, and The Metal Gear Solid, Injustice and Mortal Kombat series.

His stage work includes productions with the actor’s gang, south coast repertory, sacred fools theatre, and Phil also portrayed “Cowboy Curtis” in "The Pee-wee Herman show" both on at the Stephen Sondheim theatre on Broadway and in the Emmy-nominated HBO special. Currently, in addition to writing and producing the animated series "Goblins," (, Phil is performing monthly onstage with "the black version" (, performing onscreen in Hamster & Gretel, The Craig of the Creek Movie, Invincible, Mulligan, AMC’s Cooper‘s bar, a new season of Futurama on HULU and performing the role of “Sherlock Holmes” in Audible’s series Moriarty.

We chat about the courage to walk ones path, old school thinking, Futurama, Mad TV, Improv, his many voices, when shows come back, gratitude towards the fans, rejection, value of your art, Pulp Fiction and paving the way.

The video footage of this entire chat is now out as well (one day after release)! So check them out on YouTube under Michael Kahan

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