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.
Funches in 2015
|Birth name||Ronald Kyle Funches|
|Born||March 12, 1983|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Medium||Television, stand-up, film|
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.
Ronald Kyle Funches was born March 12, 1983 in Los Angeles, California but spent his early life with his mother and sister in the Woodlawn section of Chicago, Illinois. Funches' mother was a social worker. When he was 13 years old, he moved to Salem, Oregon to live with his father, who was employed there as a pipefitter.
He graduated from Douglas McKay High School in Salem, where he took English courses, and was inspired by writers such as Molière, J. D. Salinger, William Faulkner, and Erich Maria Remarque. 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.
Funches began pursuing stand-up comedy at the age of 23 in Portland. After having a small role on an episode of Portlandia in 2011, he relocated to Los Angeles in 2012. 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.
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. Funches also had a supporting role in the 2015 comedy film Get Hard.
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).
Funches has cited Lucille Ball, Dave Chappelle, and Mitch Hedberg as major influences on his comedy. 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."
|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|
|2016||Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie||Member of The Fat Boys|||
|2017||Once Upon a Time in Venice||Mocha|||
|2019||6 Underground||Blaine's cousin / the funeral speaker|
|2020||Trolls World Tour||Cooper||Voice role|
|2020||The One and Only Ivan||Murphy||Voice role|
|2011||Portlandia||Baseball Player||Episode: "Baseball"|
|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"|
|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
|2014||Bob's Burgers||Horseplay / Patrick||2 episodes
|2014||Enlisted||Private Huggins||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2014–2015||Kroll Show||Himself||Actor: 4 episodes
Writer: 11 episodes
|2014–2016||Drunk History||Various||3 episodes|||
|2015||Cougar Town||Marty||Episode: "To Find a Friend"|
|2015||BoJack Horseman||Levi||Episode: "Chickens"
|2015||The Adventures of Puss in Boots||Fartholomew Fishflinger||Episode: "Mouse"
|2015||Adventure Time||The Fool||2 episodes in Stakes
|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"
|2016||Harmonquest||Captain Ribs Sanchez||Episode: "Across the Dernum Sea"|
|2016||Cupcake Wars||Himself||Episode: "Josie and the Pussycats"|||
|2016||Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh||Sharzod||45 episodes
|2016||Take My Wife||Ron||Episode: "Headliner"|
|2017||Drive Share||Nicky Nitro||Episode: "The Light Source"|
|2017||Black-ish||Ledarius||Episode: "I'm a Survivor"|||
|2017||The Goldbergs||Froy||2 episodes|||
|2017||We Bare Bears||Wyatt||Episode: "Road Trip"
|2017||Future Man||Ray||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2018||A.P. Bio||Dale||1 episodes|||
|2018||Talk Show The Game Show||Himself||1 episodes|||
|2018||OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes||Sparko||4 episodes
|2018–present||Trolls: The Beat Goes On!||Cooper||65 episodes
|2019||Infinity Train||Khaki Bottoms||Episode: "The Ball Pit Car"
|2019||Man with a Plan||Funchy||3 episodes|||
|2019||Twelve Forever||Manquin||25 episodes
|2019–present||Final Space||Fox||Main cast
|2019–present||Harley Quinn||King Shark||23 episodes
|2019||What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage||Himself||Episode: "Havenbrook"|
|2019–present||Crank Yankers||Himself||2 episodes
|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|
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