Raphael Bob-Waksberg

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Raphael Bob-Waksberg
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Bob-Waksberg in 2010
Born
Raphael Matthew Bob-Waksberg

(1984-08-17) August 17, 1984 (age 36)
Alma materBard College
Occupation
  • Voice actor
  • screenwriter
  • producer
Years active2002–present

Raphael Matthew Bob-Waksberg (born August 17, 1984) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, and voice actor. He is known as the creator and showrunner of the Netflix animated comedy series BoJack Horseman and the Amazon Prime Video animated series Undone. He is also an executive producer on the Netflix/Adult Swim animated series Tuca & Bertie, created by BoJack Horseman production designer Lisa Hanawalt.

Early life[edit]

Bob-Waksberg was raised in Palo Alto, California with his two sisters. He is Jewish; his mother and grandmother ran a Jewish book and gift store, and his father helped Russian Jews emigrate to the United States. Growing up, he was influenced by shows like The Simpsons, Seinfeld, and The Larry Sanders Show. He was diagnosed with ADHD[1] and his academic performance in high school was poor, but through participating in theatre productions he met illustrator Lisa Hanawalt. Hanawalt's drawings inspired him to create BoJack Horseman, and she became the show's production designer and producer.[2][3] Bob-Waksberg attended Bard College graduating with a degree in Theater and Performance in 2006. Bob-Waksberg was once a roommate of Adam Conover, creator and host of Adam Ruins Everything.[4]

Career[edit]

Bob-Waksberg is well known for creating the series BoJack Horseman and performs voices for various characters on the show. As a member of the Olde English comedy troupe he co-wrote and appeared in The Exquisite Corpse Project.[3] He was the script doctor for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which was released on February 8, 2019.

Bob-Waksberg's short story collection titled Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories was published by Knopf Publishing on June 11, 2019.[5]

In March 2018, it was announced that he was co-creating an animated series for Amazon with Kate Purdy, which would be called Undone. The show revolves around a woman named Alma who discovers a "new relationship with time" after a near-fatal car crash and uses this to learn more about the truth behind her father's death.[6] It premiered on September 13, 2019, on Amazon Prime Video.[7] In November 2019, the show was renewed for a second season.[8]

Television[edit]

Title Year Credited as Network Notes
Actor voice Creator Director Writer Executive
producer
BoJack Horseman 2014–2020 Yes Yes No Yes (11) Yes Netflix Voice recurring role
Tuca & Bertie 2019–present Yes No No Yes (1) Yes
Netflix canceled the series after one season, but Adult Swim picked up for a second season.
Undone 2019–present Yes Yes No Yes (4) Yes Prime Video Created with Kate Purdy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BoJack Horseman's Raphael Bob-Waksberg Explains How a Washed-Up Cartoon Horse Is Like Don Draper". Studio 360. September 17, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Renee Ghert-Zand (September 4, 2014). "Comedy writer gallops to success with 'BoJack Horseman'". Times of Israel. Retrieved August 8, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Stephen Rodick (July 22, 2016). "The World According to 'Bojack Horseman'". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Havrilesky, Heather (September 7, 2018). "Don't Look BoJack's Gifted Horse-Lady in the Mouth". The Cut. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg: 9780525432722 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "Amazon Orders 'Undone' Animated Series from Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy". Splitsider.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (June 7, 2019). "Undone: 'Genre-Bending' Series From BoJack EPs Features Bob Odenkirk and Rosa Salazar — Watch Teaser". TVLine. Retrieved September 24, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Kanter, Jake (November 21, 2019). "Amazon Renews Animation Series 'Undone', Inks Overall Deal With Co-Creator Kate Purdy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 21, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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