Ronald Kyle Funches (born March 12, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, 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
'', and ''Kroll Show
From 2014 to 2016, Funches starred as a regular on the NBC
'', 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!
Beginning in 2019, he began voicing the roles of King Shark
in the DC Comics TV series ''Harley Quinn
'' and Fox in the TBS
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
neighborhood of Chicago
Funches' mother was a social work
[ 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 2014 until the series' conclusion in 2016. 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'', 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).
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."
As of 2020, Funches lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son. He is open about his son being autistic in his comedy and welcomes fans sharing their stories with him.
Funches is known as an avid video gamer. He told Adam Carolla that he had once weighed 360 pounds. Funches said that over a few years he lost around 140 pounds.
* DDT Pro-Wrestling
** Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (1 time)
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