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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Brandon Kyle Goodman, non-binary voice from “Big Mouth”

Name: Brandon Kyle Goodman

Age: 34

Hometown: New York

Lives now: In a two-room apartment in Hollywood with husband Matthew Raymond-Goodman and their dog Corey.

Called to be famous: Mr. Goodman is an actor and writer best known for Big Mouth, a Netflix adult animated series about children who have gone through puberty. He is the voice of Walter, a bisexual lover.

Mr. Goodman is also a black and queer activist who hosts the weekly Black People podcast, which features a variety of dark voices. “Being a non-binary black gay in Hollywood is a tough battle,” he said. “As a storyteller, I too want to be able to play with all the colors in the colored cardboard block of humanity, instead of being left out as an image.

Big break: After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2009, Mr. Goodman began writing a pilot project about three gay friends in New York in search of love called Sweet Boys, filled with poignant insights into contemporary romance gleaned from his essays. own journey.

His agent sent him to Big Mouth. “They loved it and thought it was in line with their world,” he said. “I remember one of the show’s creators, Jennifer Flackett, said that the characters in my pilot reminded them of the grown-up Bigmouth kids.”

Latest project: Mr. Goodman has just finished playing Walter again, this time in Human Resources, a Big Mouth spin-off set in the workplace. His co-stars are Randall Park, Keke Palmer and Edie Bryant. “It’s a dream to be a part of the Big Mouth universe as a writer, and then be trusted to join its legendary list of comedy characters, as a voice on the show is nothing short of an honor,” he said. “I’m still pinching.”

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Following: Mr. Goodman is working on his first book, a collection of essays on black homosexuality, to be published next fall by Legacy Lit Books, a division of Hachette Books focused on BIPOC authors. “I hope that if you are white, cis and get, you will have a really candid view of what it means to be black and weird,” he said. “And if you’re black and weird, or live at crossroads, you’ll have a language that expresses your experience, because that’s what I lacked as a child — a language that articulated my experience.”

Broadcast: Every week, Mr. Goodman goes live on Instagram to answer questions about queer sex. “I know this may sound obscene from the outside, but to me it’s activism because sex positivity and talking about how much shame sex causes are very important and I wanted to create a safe space for that,” he said.

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