Vernon Chatman

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Vernon Chatman
Pseudonym Towelie, Clarence
Birth name Vernon Chatman
Born (1972-10-31) October 31, 1972 (age 43)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, Television, Film, Music, Books
Nationality American (Multiracial-American)
Years active 1996–present
Genres Satire, Political satire, Observational comedy, Black comedy, Cringe comedy, Alternative comedy, Surreal humor, Absurdist humor, Meta humour, Transgressive
Subject(s) Everyday life, Self-deprecation, Politics, Philosophy, Race relations, Sociology, Spirituality, Religion, Pessimism, Sexuality, Post-modernism, Metamodernism
Influences Lenny Bruce, Trey Parker, Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman, George Carlin, Jodorowsky, David Lynch, Kenneth Anger, Luis Buñuel, Louis C.K., David Cronenberg, Matt Stone, Psychedelic drugs
Influenced P.F.F.R fans, Adult Swim fans
Spouse Unknown
Notable works and roles Wonder Showzen,
Xavier: Renegade Angel,
The Heart, She Holler,
Doggy Fizzle Televizzle

Vernon Chatman (born October 31, 1972) is an American television producer, writer, voice actor, stand-up comedian, musician and a member of PFFR, an art collective based in Brooklyn, New York City. He is known for creating the animated series Xavier: Renegade Angel. He also voiced Towelie in South Park.

Life and career[edit]

Vernon Chatman was a student of the San Francisco State University,[1][2] where he graduated in 1994. Chatman is mixed race, half African-American and half Euro-American.

In 1996 Chatman began his career as a stand-up comedian and eventually a comedy writer, producer, musician and television creator. Chatman previously wrote for television shows such as The Chris Rock Show (for which he won an Emmy), Late Night with Conan O'Brien, That's My Bush! and The Downer Channel. Before Wonder Showzen, he and PFFR collaborator John Lee created the Snoop Dogg comedy series Doggy Fizzle Televizzle for MTV.

Along with long-time friend John Lee (also of PFFR), he is the co-creator of the MTV2 series Wonder Showzen as well as the Adult Swim shows Xavier: Renegade Angel and The Heart, She Holler. The two met as undergraduates at San Francisco State University. One of his most high-profile voice-acting roles is as the voice of Towelie, the marijuana-smoking talking towel on South Park, where he also serves as a staff writer. In 2012, he became a producer on the third season of the FX series Louie.

Voices on South Park[edit]

Personal life[edit]


Main article: PFFR



Year Title Director Writer Producer Executive producer Actor Role Notes
1997 Comics Come Home 3 Himself Stand-up
1997–1998 The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show Yes 11 episodes
1998 Premium Blend Himself Stand-up
1998–1999 The Chris Rock Show Yes 12 episodes
1999 Armagedd'NSync Yes TV special
1999 1999 Teen Choice Awards Yes Segment producer
1999 1999 MTV Video Music Awards Consultant
1999–2000 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Yes 144 episodes
2001 Late Friday Yes Lars Wishner 1 episode
2001 That's My Bush! Yes Staff writer
2001 Late Friday Yes Lars Wishner 1 episode
2001 The Downer Channel Yes 2 episodes
2001–present South Park Yes Yes Yes Towelie / Vernon - Butt-Out Member / Tiger Woods / C.D.C Man #5 / Dominic Cobb / Ron (voices) Consultant writer (2001–2007), producer (2007–present)
2002–2003 Doggy Fizzle Televizzle Yes Yes Also creator
2003 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Consultant
2005–2006 Wonder Showzen Yes Yes Yes Yes Chauncey / Clarence / Various (voices) Also creator
2007–2009 Xavier: Renegade Angel Yes Yes Yes Yes Various (voices) Also creator
2009 How's Your News? Yes
2009–2013 Delocated Yes
2011 The Problem Solverz Yes Episode: "Neon Knome"
2011 China, IL Yes Consulting producer; 5 episodes
2011–2014 The Heart, She Holler Yes Yes Yes Also creator
2012–2015 Louie Yes Yes Jack Dahl's Receptionist #3 Episode: "Late Show: Part 2"
2015 Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter Yes
2016 Horace and Pete Yes Yes Story co-writer of episode 10
2016 Gigglefudge, U.S.A. Yes Yes Television special


Year Title Director Writer Producer Executive producer Actor Role Notes
2002 Jackass: The Movie Yes Concepts
2009 Final Flesh Yes
2010 The External World Yes Short film
2011 The Original Black Swan Yes Short film

Side projects[edit]



  • The External World, Co-written alongside David O'Reilly (2010)
  • The Original Black Swan, Collaboration with Todd Barry (2011)


Book Year Notes
Mindsploitation: Asinine Assignments for Online Homework Cheating Industry April 23, 2013 ISBN 978-1934734919[4][5]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards[edit]

Chatman has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards, winning four.[6]


Writers Guild of America Awards[edit]

Chatman has won two WGA Awards.[7][8]


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