Ron Funches

Ronald Kyle Funches (born March 12, 1983) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, and writer. Born in California, Funches spent his early life in Chicago before relocating to Salem, Oregon, as a teenager. He began his comedy career in Portland, Oregon, at age 23. After moving to Los Angeles in 2012, he began appearing as a guest on several comedy series, including @midnight, Mulaney, and Kroll Show.

Ron Funches
Ron Funches SXSW 2015.jpg
Funches in 2015
Birth nameRonald Kyle Funches
Born (1983-03-12) March 12, 1983 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
MediumTelevision, stand-up, film
Years active2006–present
GenresObservational comedy
Subject(s)
Children1
Websiteronfunches.com

From 2014 to 2016, Funches starred as a regular on the NBC series Undateable, and in 2015, began performing as a voice actor on such series as BoJack Horseman, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, and Adventure Time. He subsequently performed the voice role of Cooper in the animated film Trolls (2016). He also had guest-starring roles on a number of television series, including Transparent (2016), Black-ish (2017), and reprised the role of Cooper in the Trolls spin-off series Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (2018).

Beginning in 2019, he began voicing the roles of King Shark in the DC Comics TV series Harley Quinn and Fox in the TBS/Adult Swim TV series Final Space. In 2020, Funches again reprised the role of Cooper in the sequel film Trolls World Tour. Starting in 2020, Funches voiced Ron on the Netflix series Hoops.

Early lifeEdit

Ronald Kyle Funches was born March 12, 1983[3] in Los Angeles, California but spent his early life with his mother and sister in the Woodlawn section of Chicago, Illinois.[4][1] Funches' mother was a social worker.[1] When he was 13 years old, he moved to Salem, Oregon to live with his father, who was employed there as a pipefitter.[1]

He graduated from Douglas McKay High School in Salem, where he took English courses,[4][1] and was inspired by writers such as Molière, J. D. Salinger, William Faulkner, and Erich Maria Remarque.[1] After high school, Funches relocated to Portland, Oregon, where he worked a variety of jobs, including at a bank call center and as a clerk at a Grocery Outlet store.[1][4]

CareerEdit

 
Funches performing in 2010 at the Clinton Street Theater, Portland, Oregon

Funches began pursuing stand-up comedy at the age of 23 in Portland.[4][1] After having a small role on an episode of Portlandia in 2011,[5][6][7] he relocated to Los Angeles in 2012.[1] Beginning in 2013, he was a regular panelist on the comedy series @midnight, had a recurring role in the comedy series Crash & Bernstein (2013), and worked as a writer on The Eric Andre Show and Comedy Central's The Half Hour (2014). Also in 2014, Funches performed as a regular comic panelist on Chelsea Lately.[8][9][10]

Beginning in 2014, Funches appeared in several episodes of Drunk History, and in 2015, performed numerous guest-starring voice roles on the animated series BoJack Horseman, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, and Adventure Time.

Funches subsequently starred as Shelly on the NBC comedy series Undateable from 2016 until the series' conclusion in 2019.[11][4][12] Funches also had a supporting role in the 2015 comedy film Get Hard.

In 2016, he voiced the role of Cooper in the animated film Trolls,[13] Also in 2016, Funches guest-starred on numerous series, such as Another Period, Take My Wife, and Transparent.

Beginning 2019, he began voicing the role of King Shark in the DC Comics TV series Harley Quinn. He played recurring character "Funchy" in season 3 (2019) of the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan. Funches reprised his role of Cooper in the Trolls sequel, Trolls World Tour (2020).

InfluencesEdit

Funches has cited Lucille Ball, Dave Chappelle, and Mitch Hedberg as major influences on his comedy.[14] Commenting on Ball, he said: "I Love Lucy was kind of my introduction to the world of comedy in general. And when you look at the history of Lucille Ball, and the work that she did for women in Hollywood, having her own production company, and also showing an interracial marriage on TV in the ’50s, to me, she’s just one of my biggest influences overall as a human being. That's what it means to be a professional and what it means to stand up for yourself."[15]

Personal lifeEdit

As of 2020, Funches lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.[16][17] He is open about his son having autism in his comedy, and welcomes fans sharing their stories with him.[4][12][18]

Funches is known as an avid video gamer.[19][20] He told Adam Carolla that he had once weighed 360 pounds. Funches said that over a few years he lost around 140 pounds.[21]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Night Night with Ron Funches Himself Writer; short film for Funny or Die
2014 Night Night with Ron Funches Ep 2 Himself Writer; short film for Funny or Die
2015 Movie Mind Machine Ron Short film
2015 Get Hard Jojo [22]
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Member of The Fat Boys [23]
2016 Trolls Cooper Voice role [13]
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice Mocha [24]
2017 Killing Hasselhoff Bill
2019 Jexi Craig
2019 Noelle Elf Mortimer
2019 6 Underground Blaine's cousin / the funeral speaker
2019 Lucky Sammy Voice role
2020 Sylvie's Love Tank
2020 Underlings Sal Voice role
2020 Trolls World Tour Cooper Voice role
2020 The One and Only Ivan Murphy Voice role
TBA Cicada 3301 Avi Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Portlandia Baseball Player Episode: "Baseball"
2011–2019 Conan Himself Guest
2013 Crash & Bernstein Roland 5 episodes
2013 Dead Kevin Homeless King Episode: "How Not to Rob a Liquor Store"
2013 New Girl Street Musician Episode: "First Date"
2013–2017 @midnight Himself 22 episodes
2014 Mulaney Rodney aka Tall Tucan Episode: "It's a Wonderful Home Alone"
2014 The Eric Andre Show N/A Writer
Episode: "Seth Rogen; Asa Akira"
2014 Selfie Episode: "Traumatic Party Stress Disorder"
2014 The Half Hour N/A Writer
Stand-up special
2014 Bob's Burgers Horseplay / Patrick 2 episodes
Voice role
[25]
2014 Enlisted Private Huggins Episode: "Pilot"
2014–2015 Kroll Show Himself Actor: 4 episodes
Writer: 11 episodes
2014–2016 Undateable Shelly 36 episodes
2014–2016 Drunk History Various 3 episodes [25]
2015 Cougar Town Marty Episode: "To Find a Friend"
2015 BoJack Horseman Levi Episode: "Chickens"
Voice role
2015 The Adventures of Puss in Boots Fartholomew Fishflinger Episode: "Mouse"
Voice role
2015 Adventure Time The Fool 2 episodes in Stakes
Voice role
2016 Great Minds with Dan Harmon Idi Amin Episode: "Idi Amin"
2016 Another Period Hamish's Cellmate 2 episodes
2016 Not Safe with Nikki Glaser Himself 2 episodes
2016 The Lion Guard Ajabu Episode: "The Imaginary Okapi"
Voice role
2016 Harmonquest Captain Ribs Sanchez Episode: "Across the Dernum Sea"
2016 Cupcake Wars Himself Episode: "Josie and the Pussycats" [22]
2016 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh Sharzod 45 episodes
Voice role
2016 Take My Wife Ron Episode: "Headliner"
2016 Transparent Fredrick Episode: "Elizah"
2017 Drive Share Nicky Nitro Episode: "The Light Source"
2017 Black-ish Ledarius Episode: "I'm a Survivor" [25]
2017 The Goldbergs Froy 2 episodes [25]
2017 Powerless Ron 12 episodes [25]
2017 We Bare Bears Wyatt Episode: "Road Trip"
Voice role
2017 Future Man Ray Episode: "Pilot"
2018 A.P. Bio Dale 1 episodes [25]
2018 Talk Show The Game Show Himself 1 episodes [26]
2018 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Sparko 4 episodes
Voice role
2018–present Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Cooper 65 episodes
Voice role
[25]
2019 Infinity Train Khaki Bottoms Episode: "The Ball Pit Car"
Voice role
2019 Man with a Plan Funchy 3 episodes [25]
2019 Twelve Forever Manquin 25 episodes
Voice role
[25]
2019–present Final Space Fox Main cast
Voice role
2019–present Harley Quinn King Shark 23 episodes
Voice role
[25]
2019 What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage Himself Episode: "Havenbrook"
2019–present Crank Yankers Himself 2 episodes
Voice role
[27]
2020 Central Park Danny Episode: "Squirrel, Interrupted"
2020 Room 104 Charlie Episode: "Oh, Harry!"
2020 The Last Blockbuster Himself
2020 Nice One! Himself Host, writer

Other accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Turnquist, Kristi (July 29, 2012). "Rising star, comedian Ron Funches outgrows Portland, leaves for Los Angeles". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on July 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Nailen, Dan (June 28, 2018). "Ron Funches' "open-hearted, optimistic" comedy helps him stand out in stand-up". Inlander. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ronald Kyle Funches was born on March 12, 1983 in Los Angeles County". California Birth Index. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Duelund, Theis (May 28, 2014). "7 Things you Need to Know About Comedian Ron Funches". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  5. ^ Crowder, Courtney (June 4, 2014). "Ron Funches on NBC's 'Undateable'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Cutler, Jacqueline (May 29, 2014). "'Undateable': Ron Funches 'giggles 'like an Asian princess'". Zap2it. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  7. ^ Turnquist, Kristi (May 31, 2014). "TV Rewind: Ron Funches on 'Undateable'; 'Mad Men' midseason finale; 'Downton Abbey,' more". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "Chelsea Lately". Ron Funches. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Watch Chelsea Lately S8E119 Online - Ethan Hawke, Ron Funches, Sarah Colonna, Ross Mathews". SideReel. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ron Funches Can't Stop Giggling on Chelsea Lately". The Interrobang. August 7, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  11. ^ Hinds, Julie (August 1, 2014). "4 theories on why NBC renewed Detroit-centric sitcom 'Undateable'". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on August 2, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Socci, Blair (August 5, 2013). "Talking to Ron Funches About Standup, LA, and His First Sitcom Acting Gig". Splitsider. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Vlessing, Etan (April 14, 2016). "Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor Join DreamWorks Animation's 'Trolls'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 8, 2016.
  14. ^ Variety Staff (May 9, 2015). "Cameo critic: Ron Funches loves 'I Love Lucy'". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on April 30, 2020.
  15. ^ MacPherson, Guy (July 5, 2017). "From wrestling to Lucille Ball, comedian Ron Funches mixes it up". The Georgia Straight. Archived from the original on April 30, 2020.
  16. ^ "Inside Scoop: Hanging With UNDATEABLE's David Fynn & Ron Funches". Oh So Gray. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  17. ^ Ron Funches on Facebook Watch, retrieved 2020-04-09
  18. ^ Pashman, Dan (21 April 2015). "Comic Ron Funches' Autistic Son Loves Oreos With Bacon". Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  19. ^ Husband, Andrew (16 November 2015). "Ron Funches Discusses Video Games, Giggles And 'The Funches Of Us'". Uproxx. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  20. ^ Kodner, Matt (18 October 2013). "What are you playing this weekend? Ron Funches, comedian". The Gameological Society. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Ron Funches". The Adam Carolla Show. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  22. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (October 28, 2019). "Quibi Greenlights Comedy Game Show 'Nice One!' With Ron Funches". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 30, 2020.
  23. ^ Barclay, Douglas (February 11, 2016). "Funny or Die made a satirical Trump 'biopic' that raised the bar for absurdist humor". Dayton Daily News. Archived from the original on April 30, 2020.
  24. ^ Heath, Josh (June 8, 2017). "Once Upon a Time in Venice". CutPrintFilm. Archived from the original on April 30, 2020.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Ron Funches Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  26. ^ Wright, Megh. "truTV Announces a Pile of Premiere Dates, New Series, and Shows in Development". Splitsider. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  27. ^ "Crank Yankers: Aubrey Plaza, Ron Funches and Derek Waters". Comedy Central. Archived from the original on April 30, 2020.
  28. ^ Ron Funches beats Laura James by forfeit to win DDT Pro Wrestling Ironman Heavymetalweight Title (video). 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016 – via YouTube.

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