Griffin Newman

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Griffin Newman
Born Griffin Claude Beresford Dauphin Newman
(1989-02-19) February 19, 1989 (age 29)
New York City, U.S.
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active 2006–present
Relatives James Newman (brother)[1]

Griffin Claude Beresford Dauphin Newman (born February 19, 1989) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for starring as Arthur Everest in the current Amazon Studios television series The Tick[2] and co-hosting the film podcast Blank Check with Griffin and David alongside critic David Sims.[3]

Early life[edit]

Newman was born in New York City, the son of film producer Peter Newman and casting director Antonia Dauphin. His maternal grandfather, Claude Dauphin, was a French actor.[1] He was raised in Manhattan, and attended Saint Ann's School.[4] He was interested in performing from an early age, often performing Fozzie Bear routines for friends and family.[5] He started stand-up comedy at the age of ten as part of the 'Kidsncomedy' program run by Jo Ann Grossman.[6][7] His material was mostly political, workshopped with his father.[8] He began getting some attention from agents at this time, though his parents were reluctant for him to pursue a career in acting.[5] His first onscreen appearance was as 'Teenage Fan' in the mockumentary The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan. His role was mostly cut for the film.[9] As a teenager, Newman regularly attended Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp.[4]

Newman started college in 2007 at California Institute of the Arts with the intention of becoming a filmmaker. He dropped out after seven months in order to pursue a career in comedy and acting.[5]


Newman's first major onscreen appearance is in the film The Treatment in 2006 as high school student Scott. He went on to play roles in a number of shorts and student films. He also began perform stand-up regularly around this time, and produced a one-man show titled Grifftopia, which he performed in 2009 and 2010.[10]

In 2010, Newman appeared in the teen film Beware The Gonzo in the role of Horny Rob Becker; he is fourth billed in the movie.[11] Though the film was released to mixed reviews,[12] Newman’s performance received praise, with Odie Henderson from writing that "Becker is the most interesting character in the film."[13]

Over the next few years, Newman guest starred in a number of television shows, including Blue Bloods[14], Big Lake, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as appearing in sketches for FunnyOrDie.[15] He played the role of Russ in the television mini-series Political Animals for the USA Network, and was listed by Just For Laughs as one of the 2012 New Faces of Comedy: Characters.[16]

In 2013, Newman was cast in John Mulaney’s sitcom Mulaney for NBC as Seymour.[17] The network passed on the show after shooting the pilot,[18] but later in the year, it was picked up by Fox with the role of Seymour cut from the script.[19] Newman has described the situation as his own version of the Dark Phoenix saga.[20]

Later that year, Newman became a correspondent for Nikki and Sara Live,[21] and began making regular appearances on The Chris Gethard Show. Alongside Riley Soloner, he hosted the podcast Talking TCGS from 2013 to 2014. He hosted The Awooga Comedy Hour with Andrew Tavin from January 2013, a live comedy show that became weekly from May 2014.[22]

In 2014, Newman appeared in the film Draft Day as Rick the Intern alongside Kevin Costner,[23] and later that year announced he had become a part of a Maude Team at UCB.[24] He went on to have supporting roles in other feature films including Fort Tilden,[25] Free The Nipple, and Naomi and Ely’s No-Kiss List. [26]

Newman has appeared in a number of webseries, including Snarky Sidekick[27] and The Untitled Web Series That Morgan Evans Is Doing for MTV;[28] he starred as the Director in Colin Quinn’s webseries Cop Show for all three seasons.[29]

With critic David Sims, Newman started The Phantom Podcast in March 2015, a podcast dedicated to analysing the film The Phantom Menace as though it was the only movie in the Star Wars franchise. The show went onto to discuss the other Star Wars films before being retitled Blank Check with Griffin and David, and establishing its new premise.[30] The podcast involves Sims, Newman, and sometimes a guest, discussing filmographies of directors who have had massive success early on in their career which has enabled them to be given free rein to make large scale passion projects. The podcast has received praise from critics.[31]

In 2016 Newman had a supporting role in the HBO series Vinyl, and guest starred in the sitcoms Search Party and Difficult People. Later that year, it was announced Newman would be playing Arthur Everest in Amazon Video’s new reboot of The Tick alongside Peter Serafinowicz in the titular role.[32] The pilot, directed by Wally Pfister, was released on August 18, 2016. The show was picked up for a first season in September 2016.[33] The first six episodes of the first season were released on August 25, 2017. The remaining six episodes of the first season were released on February 23, 2018. On January 17, 2018, Amazon ordered a second season of 10 episodes, expected to premiere in 2019.[34] Newman has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Everest.[35][36][37]

Newman has a small role in Woody Allen’s film A Rainy Day In New York, set for release in 2018. In October 2017, Newman made a statement via his Twitter expressing his regret at taking the role in the film, due to the allegations of sexual misconduct against Allen. He announced he would be donating his salary from the film to RAINN.[38][39]

Premiering in February 2018, Showtime’s animated series Our Cartoon President features Newman as the voice of Jared Kushner.[40]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Treatment Scott
2009 The Layabouts Mark Short film
God is Dead Francis Short film
2010 Beware the Gonzo Horny Rob Becker
Hold On! Peter Gabriel Short film
2012 Ladybug Peter Short film
2013 Beneath Zeke
Night Moves Middle Manager
Goosey's Big Movie Goosey Short film
2014 Alabaster Smith Bob Smith Short film
Fort Tilden Sam
Draft Day Rick the Intern
Buttwhistle Fenwick
The Fly Room Jack
Free the Nipple Orson
2015 Exes David Short film
The Statistical Analysis of Your Failing Relationship Nate Short film
Let's Not Panic Brett Short film
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List Bruce 1
Sexy Peter Short film
You, Your Brain, and You #69
2016 Bakery in Brooklyn Ian
2017 Inside You Gabe
2018 A Rainy Day in New York In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Possible Side Effects Amos TV movie
A NY Thing Boyfriend TV movie
2010 Gravity Jack 4 episodes
Big Lake Bryce Episode: "Chris Falls in Love"
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kev Episode: "Russian Brides"
2011 Blue Bloods Sam Johnson 2 episodes
2012 Political Animals Russ 4 episodes
2013 Magic Eye Shark Movie Josh 5 episodes
Paynt Boyz Blaid 4 episodes
The Surgeon General Ted Sheldon TV movie
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Damon Flack Episode: "Brooklyn Heights"
2015 Graceland Crayton Windgate Episode: "Sensory Memory"
2015–2016 Cop Show Director 25 episodes
2016 Vinyl Casper 10 episodes
Difficult People Kevin Episode: "Hashtag Cats"
Search Party Gavin Rolf 2 episodes
Thanksgiving Michael Morgan 8 episodes
2017 Saving a Legend Luke Davidson TV movie
2017–present The Tick Arthur Everest 12 episodes
2018–present Our Cartoon President Jared Kushner (voice) 8 episodes


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