Vernon Chatman

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Vernon Chatman
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Vernon in the late 2000s, staring off into space.
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

Selected filmography[edit]




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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