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Actor / EntertainerI'm Lucie Pohl and my comedy show “Hi, Hitler” is coming to NYC in July. I’m also the voice of Mercy on Overwatch!

Jun 28th 2017 by luciepohl • 12 Questions • 842 Points

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New Film - The Orbit Of Minor Satellites

First Feature Film - Consuming Spirits

About the Film

The Orbit of Minor Satellites is a story of two very distinct and separate worlds that are connected by the most unlikely threads. The character Derwood Richards is a controversial psychiatrist who treats Rosemary Hamm at his private sanitarium.

Rosemary has created an imaginery world of a space station located on one of the Moons of Saturn, in a forgotten corner of the solar system. She conjures a romance between a doomed astronaut and a cosmonaut that mirrors her difficult earthbound existence.

Our talking bison is the moon's only native inhabitant, a sulferdioxide breathing giant who yearns for lost loves.

The Orbit of Minor Satellites is a hand drawn 2-D feature animation, independently produced by Chris Sullivan and his battalion of animators.

The film is hand drawn, digitally composited over painted backgrounds, models, and live action actors. As with all of my films, it is strange in form and content, my characters are misguided, but follow their strange paths to a place of peace, and empathy.

CHRIS SULLIVAN is the creator, writer, director, lead animator, and sound design. His previous animated films include Master of Ceremonies, Landscape with The Fall of Icarus, and Consuming Spirits.

"The Orbit of Minor Satellites is my new digital 2-D animated feature film, which takes you to the richly imagined world inside the mind of a troubled sanitarium inmate.

It’s a dark story about love in a time of darkness, shot starkly in black and white to better convey the dislocation of my main characters, the psychiatric patient and the doctor who treats her, and the imagined inhabitants of a forgotten Cold War space station on a moon of Saturn.

I’m thrilled to share with you that Sara Karloff, the daughter of my personal film hero Boris Karloff, has given me permission to use clips from her father’s radio performances for the voice of another major character in the film, a 100-foot-tall talking bison named Roger Ashley Norton.

"The Orbit of Minor Satellites" is a film that has been brewing for many years, and first came together thanks to a Creative Capital Grant. I’ve focused over the past two years on writing, preproduction, experimentation, and animating labor, bringing together an incredible creative team who will work with me to complete the film over the next two years.

If I'm able to raise the necessary funds, I'll complete "The Orbit of Minor Satellites” by late summer of 2019, entering it first in major live action festivals and then in animation festivals. It will be theatrically released in early 2020.

This is my second major animated feature film. Consuming Spirits, which was funded with a Rockefeller Foundation Film Fellowship and a fellowship from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, was completed and released in 2012."

A.O. Scott, in a 2012 review in The New York Times, called it “remarkable” and said it "is a work of obsessive artisanal discipline and unfettered artistic vision. You have never seen anything like it… Mr. Sullivan’s pictorial wit and storytelling brio are delightful in ways that cut against the harshness of the story without blunting its deep ache."

Tasha Robinson, The Onion AV club: "Watching Consuming Spirits is like surrendering to hypnosis, or to a particularly haunting dream"..."Consuming Spirits has hidden depths"

Ask Me Anything!

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How did you get the role of Mercy? What was the audition process like? Also, who is your favorite character in OW besides Mercy?

Also I just want to say that Mercy is my favorite character in the game, and has been my most played for many months. Thank you for providing such a lovely voice to a great character.

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When you eat a steak does it also make you crave cock?


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Good Morning Dr. Merzenich! Thanks for taking the time to do this AMA! My question is about brain health and it's role in education. NPR recently did a story on a school that is beginning to utilize an understanding of neuroplasticity and brain health in the classroom to combat the effects of poverty and chronic stress on the brains of school children and to eventually improve educational outcomes.

The role of neuroscience and plasticity as applied in the traditional model of education seems so limited given what we know about the brain and what we are still learning. Talking about brain health in a school setting feels so taboo. Why do you think that is? What are some ways that we can bring more awareness of neuroplasticity to teachers? And if the principles of neuroplasticity and brain health were implemented in classrooms what might that look like and do you think we would have better educational outcomes? Thanks again for your time!

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What is the process like for a "digital 2-D animated feature film" in 2017? I can see you and your team are hand drawing the cells, frame by frame. Can you describe what this old style of animation is like, now that it's blended with the digital age of film making? When does the classical process end and the digital begin?


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The audition process was pretty standard, a first audition (which I did under a blanket in bed with my computer) and a callback where I got to work with the amazing Andrea Tolyias.

I really love all the other characters on ow! They're like family so it's hard to single one out! Thank you for being awesome! Heroes Never Die! x

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Not anymore


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One of the reasons people don’t think about brain health very often is because there has been no medicine to address issues of brain health. The child goes to the doctor, the doctor asks how they are, the child indicates that they’re fine, and the doctor concludes the child has a healthy brain. We also tend to translate brain health in terms of academic performance. The brain is a vascularized physical organ that can be in a sense flabby and in bad organic shape, just like any other organ. So inside every classroom at school, there are almost certain to be children in front of the teacher that have a very unhealthy brain. We know that the brain is degraded in its operations in ways that impact its general health by ongoing high stress in childhood. A child who has to live with high stress is impacted in ways that will frustrate their success in school and in life. A standard approach to this has been to blame the child for their failures and misbehavior. Now that we know so clearly that in fact their failures are substantially due to the neurological injuries that comes from very difficult childhoods there is a moral imperative to help them. Intensive brain-plasticity based restoration is a large part of the answer. I applaud any school site that understands this and undertakes the important task of helping these children to come back to the mainstream. It will be a better world when we identify every child that has this kind of unfortunate history and do whatever we can to help them be one of us.

Posit Science’s research team is conducting studies in very severely Adverse Childhood Experiences Impacted using a combination of meditation related practices, computerized brain training, social attachment related therapy, and life coaching. They’re seeing high success in helping these children in this large cohort. If you’d like to know more about that send me a PM.

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yeah I am in the proccess is actually analogue at first, and then everything is scanned and put together in phiti shop and after effects. The pencil drawings are the way that I liked to work. we did a john Henry like race, animating in photoshop and adding texture, and the scanned pencil drawings won. but the breath is on photoshop with a wacom,


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What is the best dessert?

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Do you feel you look like more of an albino orca, Lebanese house maiden, or morbidly obese Mexican?


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What do you think about brain training companies like Lumosity?

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What are some lesser known, or outside of the mainstream animated films and animators that you would recommend to someone interested in more obscure or artistic animation films?

Why do you choose this clearly more difficult process over easier modern methods of animation?


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CHEESECAKE!

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I knew this was a bad idea but #2, a lebanese house maiden


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One way to evaluate the claims of the available brain training programs is to look at the underlying research. Independent researchers (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28092015) recently published the first systematic review of the science behind commercially available brain-training programs. They identified 18 companies and found that 11 companies had no clinical trials or empirical evidence indicating that they helped with healthy aging. The remaining seven companies were classified into three levels of evidence with the highest level requiring at least two well-designed randomized controlled trials, at least one of which met gold standards. BrainHQ outranked Cognifit, Cogmed, BrainAge2, My Brain Trainer, Dakim, and Lumosity by a large margin, with more than twice the number of highest-standards controlled trials than any other commercial competitor. Lumosity actually came in the bottom bracket of those companies shown to have evidence.

This work clearly demonstrates that when it comes to brain training, not all programs are alike. At the same time this does not mean that there is no value to the training exercises sold by these companies, it simply means that they sell things for which they have limited hard evidence that they actually work.

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Jeremy Clapin, Sean Buckelew, Joseph Pierce, Suzie Templeton, Mikey Please, and a crazy motion comic-animation I love is Tatsume


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Are you good friends with the voice actor for Pharah?

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Hi Bobby, #Big fan! In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, what messages were those aliens sending you?


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Is there a level of plasticity that can occur outside the brain? For example, given enough time (even if longer than a typical human life span) could a paraplegic reroute certain functions via peripheral nerves to reconnect below the point of injury? I know in cases of heart blockages there is often evidence of angiogenesis trying to route blood around the blockages. Anything like this in the neural arena?

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How did you choose the planets this story is set on? As an animation filmmaker how have you chosen your style? As someone who believes the major animation style, whilst changing, has not improved over the last 15 years, how has technology impacted on animation style? Finally, how does the comic book industry affect your work?


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Yes! I love Jen Cohn!

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I just spit my water out


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Of course plasticity is occurring on a substantial level within the spinal code and brainstem, that is to say below the forebrain itself. And peripheral nerves and sensory organs do have some level of regenerative power. It’s possible that some level of rerouting can occur but I can think of no illustration on a scale equivalent like that recorded in the tissues of the brain itself. I’ve long believed that it’s an understudied scientific issue. For example, we know that the quality of information from sensory receptors in the skin and internal organs progressively deteriorates as they die off at older ages. Is this die off use-dependent? Could we be doing things that better sustain them? We also know that we can recovery the integrity of the autonomic nervous system by brain exercises. Here we can see strong effects in the physical body expressed by changes in the power of actions recorded of course far outside the brain. These are not the kinds of things people have considered plastic but they clearly are.

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It started from three threads. Chicago disasters, my interest in Psychiatry , and the notion of the lost traveler, things like the franklin expedition, and the Boris Karloff thread came in one day while animating and listening to an old Lights Out program. The planet I made up, because I did not want to be tied to facts about a particular planet, I wanted to have room make things up, it has elements of several moons, though I do give it an atmosphere, and a relatively earthlike gravity. I also like the idea that it is maybe 10 15 miles in diameter so you can kind of hide, but not completely. you cannot escape yourself .


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Hi Lucie!

What is harder to save... heroes or cupcakes?

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Bobby, in this clip you went on an hour long rant, trashing a bunch of comedians. Did any of them get mad over this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=savCAd6RyPI


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If you could choose to study one animal brain, which brain would you choose and why?

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What was it like working out the deal for you to use Boris Karloff's voice for your Bison?


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Definitely cupcakes. They get eaten so quickly.

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That was a great whale joke. Fucking bravo, great whale joke


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I have been fascinated by the neurology of some of the world’s stranger creatures. One of my favorites studies I conducted as a young scientist was to try and understand the meaning of the very, very strange brain of that had been described in a burrowing animal in the Pacific Northwest called a mountain beaver (aplodontia). My colleagues and I were able to show that this animal had subsonic hearing. Compressing the air in a box 3x3x3 meters by 1cc was detectable in the animals hearing. It has a massive neurological specialization that processes this information. How does the animal use it? It plugs its burrow with its fat little body. It senses pressure changes from anything else in the burrow and has constructed a burrow in which it can always escape. By this single trick, this rodent with the lowest breeding rate of any rodent has survived unchanged from 70 million years. We humans have no single trick as good as this one. The animal kingdom is absolutely chock-full of neurological marvels like this. Many unknown, and even unsuspecting.

A friend in Australia discovered a second animal that had a brain that looked like just a mountain beaver’s. This animal was detecting minute changes in air pressure but not underground in a dark tunnel. It was located in the tops of the highest trees in the continent of Australia. It’s called the feather-tailed glider (the beloved animal on the Australian penny) and it uses the same incredible faculty to monitor the minute changes in wind current to stay aloft and not fall out of the tree. It’s amazing that these two creatures have such a similar brain.

We are largely abandoning the study of the neurology of interesting creatures like this. Modern science has just lost interest. What a shame.

One last point: my paper on the mountain beaver is the least often cited of the 250-300 peer-reviewed papers I have published in life as a scientist but is one of the papers (as the true nerd that I am) that I am most proud of.

I wish that we knew a lot more about the neurology of lots of creatures in the world because I think that knowing more would contribute to the role we have to play in conserving them on the planet. But my days of studying the brains of animals are long past, with one exception. That is, Homo sapiens, in some ways a primitive species and in some ways an advanced species with a pretty interesting brain. While it’s not nearly as special as most people imagine, Homo have a pretty impressive machine inside their skulls.

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was not a deal, I was blindly falling deeper into it, and then I sent a long email, about what I was trying to do with the film, and how I felt it would honor him.. sometimes that is all it takes, I have had people have things like that work out with famous musicians IE, can I please use your song... answer... yes


Q:

Hi Lucie, thank you so much for doing this AMA!

I actually have two questions, both on different topics.

  1. In Overwatch, what's it like recording death sounds for your character? Does it ever get awkward or weird?

  2. What made you decide that comedy shows is something you wanted to do? If I understand correctly, you come from a theatre-focused background, but is it something about comedy that really pushed you in that direction?

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Hi Bobby, I love you on the Chip Chipperson Podacast! Have you ever thought about doing stand up comedy?


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1) Do the quality of our thoughts also change our brains? Can having positive self talk etc improve our brains?

2) Can I become smarter at 25 given I've been cognitively stagnant for the past 9 years? Is it possible?

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Did you have scientific consultants or researchers to help with the Space and Astrophysical side to this story? Why Russian Cosmonauts? Why 100 Foot Bison voiced by Boris Karloff? Why psychotherapy? What the hell is going on in that scene where the lecture hall is chanting "I'm too sexy for my books"?

How does your creative process work, bringing all these things together for you? Pretty much everything about this movie seems to intentionally evoke a question, although I'm sure it all adds up somehow. Is that your intent to kind of put the viewer off balance?

Saw that your first film took 15 years to make... can you talk about that process and dedication from inception to completion and finally, it seems, success?


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So, the death sounds are very fun to record! We call those recordings 'exertions' and as voice actors we get to have a lot of fun with them! It can get exhausting for the voice but it's usually a really fun time!

I always loved making people laugh and I have always seen the humor in most situations in life! It's come very naturally to me!

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No. That's a homerun you cock sucka


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Can you get smarter at 25? Half of the variance of adaptive intelligence is explained by variance in brain speed. Can your brain speed be accelerated? Not a problem. The right kind of brain exercises on a computer, or the right kind of natural activities, can contribute to an acceleration of the natural processes of your brain at every brain system level. When scientists studying intelligence tried to understand other factors that contributed to adaptive or fluid intelligence, they added 4 or 5 other key factors to that list. Fortunately for you, they are also all plastic. So can you recover your brain power, and make yourself “smarter”? Get to it. I should say that psychologists that study these issues have wrestled with the mutability of intelligence for a long time. There is still a strong body of psychology deniers, sort of like the global warming deniers, that seem to lack a full appreciation of our capacity to change our neurological abilities to change the machinery of our brain, by engaging in the appropriate forms of exercise.

In time, they will get over this.

As for changing your attitude, to change your capabilities; can you talk to yourself and drive yourself into a ditch? Or to improve your performance abilities? Learning and achievement is contextual. If I simply explain to individuals – adults or children – that they have a clear capacity to change their brain for the better, I increase the likelihood that over time, they will be better. If I simply educate children in the fifth grade that their brains are plastic, they will do better in the sixth grade. This is well-established science. Of course, the same applies on the negative side of life. My dear sweet mother-in-law, a master pie maker, began telling herself at about age 70 that she could no longer make a good pie. Pretty soon, she couldn’t. It is a very good idea to live life with a positive attitude.

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To be honest the short answer is, because it felt right, the longer answer is that I always have several stories floating down this flooded river in my head, and I pick them up, and find relations, because they came into my head through some common thread. for instance my father died in 1969, as did Boris Karloff, and in some way a conflated their loss. this one is going slow, but not as slow, the Bison is just a crazy idea that flew into my head. something that is too large to share its love, like in mice and men.


Q:

If you could have any Mercy skin be put into the game what would it be?

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Hi Bobby, #Big fan! How difficult is it shooting a scene for a show/movie when the set isn't near the ocean?


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Two questions. First, what is your opinion of nature vs. nuture? Do you think we all start out with tabula rasa, or are some of our quirks pre-determined? Second (and arguably more important) question, are you a 49ers or Raiders fan? Thank you very much for your time

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Did you have scientific consultants or researchers to help with the Space and Astrophysical side to this story? Why Russian Cosmonauts? Why 100 Foot Bison voiced by Boris Karloff? Why psychotherapy? What the hell is going on in that scene where the lecture hall is chanting "I'm too sexy for my books"?

How does your creative process work, bringing all these things together for you? Pretty much everything about this movie seems to intentionally evoke a question, although I'm sure it all adds up somehow. Is that your intent to kind of put the viewer off balance?

Saw that your first film took 15 years to make... can you talk about that process and dedication from inception to completion and finally, it seems, success?


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Hmmm. I like the idea of some sort of Futuristic Robot Skin...

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You're the worst fans in the world. Love you. But not that hard


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That’s a complicated issue. Of course many books have been written about this. All of your refined abilities, all of those things that define the operational person that you are have evolved in your brain by change within the course of your lifetime. On the other hand, we all inherit strengths and weaknesses that tie us to our ancestors in a broad general sense. We all operate as humans with behavioral characteristics that apply to our species of course. And humans come in lots of detailed genetic varieties. At the same time, all of those characteristics that really matter to us are pretty much elaborated, refined, put in place by the brain changing itself as a function of our experiences across the span of our lives.

I have enjoyed watching the Raiders win right up until the time they decided to move to Las Vegas. That’s when I temporarily jumped off the ship.

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accidentally I have become friends with Lindsy Elkins, and have watched her space science ventures (mission to psyche) and love to think about things like gravitational volvanism, and Gamma blasts


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Good evening Miss Pohl, first of all thank you for being here on AMA !

I have a question for you: Did the fact that you are the voice actor of Mercy changed anything to your career, your popularity?

Have a nice evening !

P.S. : Please excuse me for my possible mistakes i'm french.

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How difficult is it for you to not step on greggshells considering you weigh the best part of a tonne?


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How can I know if I'm at risk for Alzheimer's?

In my mid 30s now, and noticing I'm not remembering things as well as I used to. Not sure if this is just a normal part of aging. I've done a commercial genetic test (23andMe), which was negative for increased Alzheimer’s risk, but my understanding is that Alzheimer’s is not strongly linked genetics anyway. Is there anything else I can do to get a sense for my current brain health, and potentially spot early warning signs of dementia?

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Hi Chris, Very excited about the upcoming film, already donated to kickstarter. My question is: Do you consider this film (and your previous film) as existing better in context strictly with other animated features (or shorts) or do you wish or hope that it will be considered alongside other independent live action films? (and as a potential follow up: is one better than the other?)


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Salut! Yes Mercy changed a lot in my career because she introduced me to the beautiful fans of the gaming world! Love you guys! <3

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That's mean and hurtful


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Almost everybody is at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. Or to put it in another way, risk is defined by (A) genetics (B) several hundred known vicissitudes that add to your risk of onset, (C) how you live your life in relation to the health of your brain. In the last case, how do you think you stack up? If you’re like 99% of the people in the world, you don’t really know what your brain is asking you to do to sustain its health and functionality. Genetics IS important and can clearly put you in a higher risk population but genetics is rarely definitive. We know that people in very high risk populations CAN sail through to the end of a long life without falling over the cliff.

Everyone should be monitoring their brain health from at least the middle of life onward. Calibrate yourself. One way to do this is to go to BrainHQ.com and complete exercises in the speed and attention categories. See how your performance relates to other individuals of your age. More generally, you can assess your speed of operations in any task that challenges you to recognize and respond to things at high speed. If you’re fast afoot, things are probably pretty ok inside. If you’re not, think about changing your approach to life with an ongoing consideration of brain health. I offer advice about this in a book I wrote called Soft Wired which you can find on Amazon. You need to adopt a life of continuous new learning. You need to challenge your brain to improve the very elementally faculties that control the speed, accuracy, and reliability of its operations. Even if you’re very slow and losing it, the brain is usually capable of relatively strong, even dramatic, restoration. I believe that recovery of speed with sustained accuracy is a pretty strong biomarker of recovered organic brain health.

Final point: If you have confirmation that you carry the APOe4 marker, take brain health exercises especially seriously. You should be working everyday deploying strategies designed to sustain the elaborated, healthy, high-speed operation of your brain.

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Really relevent question, Consuming Spirits actually did much better in Live action festivals than it did in animation festivals, partially because it was a film playing in the wrong place (do this when ever you can) the critical praise for Consuming Spirits first came from live action critics, then animation came in more in 2013. Chris Robinson, Carolina Lopex, Nobuaki Doi, Jasmin Basic, Daniel Soldjek (zagreb) are programmers in the animation world who helped me a lot. But first it was Tasha Robinsin, A.O. Scott, Michael Phillips, who made people consider the film as a film, I hope for the same trajectory with The Orbit of Minor Satellites.


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Hi Lucie! What's your favourite thing about living in New York? I've never lived in a place with more than 250 people, so I'm curious as to how you find it not only with how huge the place is, but also with being German. Do people notice, or have you got a more neutral accent down by now?

What would be involved in the daily life of an eccentric German New Yorker?

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If you had to pick one cast member from MTV's Jackass to have sex with your wife while you watch, who would it be and why?


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For years, I have diligently recorded my night dreams in order to try to interpret them and learn from them, especially with regard to the emotions they reveal; what is your belief, experience and approach to the use of night dreams in changing emotional patterns in the brain?

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Hi Chris, Very excited about the upcoming film, already donated to kickstarter. My question is: Do you consider this film (and your previous film) as existing better in context strictly with other animated features (or shorts) or do you wish or hope that it will be considered alongside other independent live action films? (and as a potential follow up: is one better than the other?)


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My favorite part are the people! There are so many different kinds of people and everyone lets everyone else just be who they want to be! There are no judgements on the streets of NYC! I moved here when I was 8 so I don't have a German accent in English! Usually I'm running around the city like a mad person with a coffee cup and sunglasses:-)

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Johnny Knoxville, cause I know his dick's broken


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We know two things happen in sleep. By one process you are reinforcing changes that have occurred in experience in learning from the previous day in ways that reinforce a permanent record. But in dreaming sleep you’re probably primarily taking out the garbage for events that occurred in the previous day that are being removed or weakened from the permanent record (i.e., strengthening the good things and weakening what’s not valuable to save). Understand that this is an interpretation on my part of a complex scientific literature. On my part, I prefer to look at my sometimes-troubling dreaming as amusing and I hope they simply mean that somebody is doing a good job of taking out the trash.

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and thank you!


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Hi friend I am Very big fan I am severely autistic with other diagnosises and Overwatch has given my life much joy, the characters are my favorite part, and I always told myself that if I ever got a chance to message the voice actors, I would tell them this. I very much appreciate that the voice actor community in Overwatch seem to be very attuned to their individual respectful heroes. You do not just do the voice, but you embrace the character and I really like that. That being said, I have a simple yet extremely important question to ask, my friends and I have debated on this for very long time but I am seeking a doctor's opinion: Does Pineapple belong on pizza?

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Do you get hard looking at sinks?


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Can a neurological condition like ASD impact neuroplasticity (or vice versa)? If so, how?

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What an interesting storyline! What was your inspiration and how did this script come to be?


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Thank you so much! And NO ABSOLUTELY NOT! No pineapple on pizza;-)

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The right sink


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Scientists have extensively studied the genetic bases of ASD and they have shown that it can involve aspects of the plasticity processes themselves. Because the genetics of origin of ASD are so complicated it is not at all clear that this is always the case but we know that it can apply in some ASD individuals. At the same time, ASD individuals have very plastic brains. Plasticity is the brain’s big trick and it takes a lot to completely block or frustrate it. We’ve trained tens of thousands of individuals in the ASD spectrum using our computer-based training strategies and we’ve been repeatedly struck by their capacity to learn, advance, and improve in their operational abilities for the better. Sometimes these changes are completely transformative. They’re almost always helpful. There aren’t very many brains in the world in which plasticity cannot by engaged to change a life very much for the better.

You can send me a note for more details if you have a specific subclass of ASD in mind.

Edit: added last sentence.

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see above, and then continuing on. I have always been interested in strange treatments. be it electro shock, imprinting therapy. or how trauma can sometimes release a mind. some one is badly hurt, and wakes up somehow healed of something else.the writing of the script then began to unfold, and I became interested in one room in the film being live action, that is an interesting part too.


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A few: What was it like when you got the call back for Mercy? Did you ever expect the game to be as big as it is now? And if there was anything you could change about your character or any voice lines you could add, what would they be?

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Do you think it's to late to change your characters name on SDRR to Lards Ulrich?


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My father died from Alzheimer’s. Per your intriguing intro, will you help us understand how to throw the switch? What, exactly, should we be doing to sustain or even grow our abilities, to successfully manage our organic brain health, to improve our lot in life, and keep ourselves safer? Thank you!

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What an interesting storyline! What was your inspiration and how did this script come to be?


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It was awesome! It's always nice to get a callback:-) I had no idea it would be this big!

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You're too wordy. Have someone punch that up and get back, there's something there


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We’ve conducted series of studies in animal models in which we’ve studied brains near the end of the animal’s life and contracted a long list of physical, chemical, and functional brain assets to the status of those assets in the brains of young adult animals in their “prime of life”. In those studies we’ve asked: “What’s different?” The answer: everything. Then we ask, “What’s stronger in an old brain?” Answer: nothing. Old brains are less reliable. They’re slower, less intact, less well-served by the vasculature of the brain. They’re less responsive to immunological challenge. They disconnect, simplify, chemically degrade, reduce in sophistication, dis-elaborate, and lose attentional control. Then we ask, “How many of these assets that distinguish very old brain from prime of life brains can be overcome by brain training?” The answer is all of them.

What do I need to do to drive these changes? Do I have a brain that looks like it’s approaching the cliff?

First of all, calibrate yourself. I recommend considering your brain speed as an index of your brain health, just as it provides an index of an animal’s brain health. When the brain is operating at speed with high reliability it means that your positive switch is still on. If you’re problem-solving and if you’re fast in mental operations then you’ve sustained your competitive edge. If you recognize any slowing at all and if your grandchild can now whoop you at a game then you probably need some serious brain work. If your situation is still relatively positive you can accomplish keeping yourself in a safe position by adopting natural lifestyle changes. If your situation is a little more questionable you might consider engaging in progressive computerized exercises designed to drive your brain speed and accuracy back to a youthful performance level. Fortunately, these elemental abilities are plastic and strong rejuvenation is commonly achievable. I don’t want to be too promotional but another simple thing you could do is visit BrainHQ.com and compare your performance to others in your age group.

In the ACTIVE trial computerized brain exercises focused on processing accuracy at speed were applied in a controlled trial conducted more 15 years ago. At the beginning of the trial the average age was around 74. Individuals who trained for 10 hours at the trial outset, then an additional 2-4 hours a year later and an additional 2-4 two years after that had strong improvement in everyday life. They were more active in their communities and had only around half as many driving accidents. They were significantly less likely to develop senior depression and significantly more likely to sustain effective control of their everyday lives. Ten years after training initiation and 7 years after the last “dose” of brain training (they only received 14-18 hours overall), scientists asked: “What happened to these people? What was their fate?” The answer: 48% fewer had developed dementia than in the random-assigned control population. While these studies are preliminary they’re consistent with our perspective that recovering and sustaining high-speed high-accuracy performance in a brain is a very good thing for all concerned. My guess is that this includes you.

P.S. on BrainHQ the exercise used in the ACTIVE trial is called “Double Decision”. This task was developed by Karlene Ball from UMB and Daniel Roenker UWK.

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I was just seeing if I could make that square go away but I can't oblivion then.


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What town/city do I absolutely have to visit when traveling in Germany?

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Which fat are you on and how many fats do you have left?


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Does your work in neuroplasticity extend to the idea of changing from a "talent" to a "growth" mindset, or is it more concerned with actual medical conditions like Alzheimer's? If it does extend that far, do you have any advice?

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How did you decide to dedicate yourself to a career in animation as opposed to non-animated films?


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You should visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber! It's a small Medeaval town on Bavaria! My dad was born there and it is so beautiful! Also, Berlin is really fun and I was born in Hamburg so check that out too:-)

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Okay I am on my 7th fat, I have moved directly from the 6th. I did not go back down to the 5 skinny, I most directly to 7. I have 8 in me, only 1 to go


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Neuroplasticity has created within your skull that person that is you by massive schedules of change up to this point in your life. It has provided you with a machine that is the basis of you and that is absolutely unique in the world because it has been created through quadrillions of moments of change. You are incredibly highly specialized in all kinds of ways. There has never been anyone else in the world in its long history exactly like you and there will never be another. Still, you are a work in progress. Do you want to change what you are? Or how you operate? Or what you’re good at? Go for it. Dramatic transformation can often be achieved at any age. Many individuals squander this great human gift.

Many people seem to be endowed with special talents or abilities. It’s difficult to sort out the contributions on the path to special talent that come from life’s experiences from variations in genetics. But one thing that is certain is that high achievement in any domain is dependent on a heavy level of directed practice. That directed practice is all about changing, strengthening, refining, and increasing the power of that machine controlling those special abilities. No great artist, no great athlete, no great inventor arrives at that position of high achievement without a long history of progressive history of refinement and growth in their power. You distinguish growth from talent. I say talent is a product of growth. Growth is a requisite of talent.

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somewhat accidentally, It started with a crush on Sue Bachmin, who was taking an animation class (isn't that how many things start) but then I made my first animated and when I played it in a room full of people I realized that the assembly of people taking in a piece of art is what I wanted, I did live action film, video, and performance, but animation was in many ways what people responded to the most, and granting agencies also, so it became my trade, it is lovely and very painful also. your mind is going like a bird, and your images develope as slow as trees. I love the feeling of losing yourself in a crowd that is experiencing the same thing you are, and letting your Ego quiet down and just take something in, I like being on both sides of the screen the melter, and the melted.


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Lucie, first, thank you for being such an excellent voice actress to my favourite character. A true hero to me both in game and out. Second, I need healing! (Just kidding, I main Mercy) Now for the questions: which Mercy voice line is your favourite? Do you like Pharmercy?

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Bullshit you told Colin you were on number 11 and then you commiserated about deserts and hotel mints. Just another #Big fan


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What is your opinion of Dr. Wyss-Coray's (and other's) work that suggests circulating factors within the blood affect age-related impairments in neuroplasticity?

Also, do you have any advice for current neuroscience graduate students? What do you think it will take to be successful in the field, given the high competition for funding and positions?

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Thanks for taking your time in this AMA! I'm an animation student from a country where animation has no future, any advice on how to obtain a job in animation in America? I mean, obtain it while living in another country. Is it worth it to immigrate first in other thing and then apply for animation jobs? Or should I be noticed somehow? How?


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I love Pharmercy! My favorite voice line is Heroes Never Die! It's a powerful message and it's true:-) Thank you for being awesome!

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Yeah I was being sarcastic you literal ass. One question per douchebag


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Dr. Wyss-Coray is one of a small number of scientists studying the potential rejuvenative value of changes in blood chemistry, that is to say changes in contributions in agents in blood from the body, that may positively impact brain health status. He has argued, for example (bringing to mind that old science fiction tale) that transfusions of blood from a young individual to an old one might contribute to the positive brain health of the old guy or gal. Is there any plausible basis for such a claim?

Actually, scientists have been studying chemical alterations that affect neurological status for a long time, and have attempted to use corrective chemical strategies to improve neurological performance with significant success. The intriguing current studies of Dr. Dale Bredesen from the Buck Center at UCSF are a case-in-point. He has shown that by identifying a broad array of chemical weaknesses, then compensating for those weaknesses by dietary and other strategies, can result in significant improvements in some individuals in their neurological health and functional status. That includes, as Dr. Wyss-Coray argues, individuals that fall within the mild cognitive impairment (or Alzheimer’s disease) spectrum.

We have been working with scientists like Dr. Bredesen to try and define the possible integrative value of combining chemical supplementation with progressive intensive brain remodeling. It is possible that this represents the primary future strategy for keeping people safe against catastrophic near-end-of-life neurodegenerative disease.

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The great thing about the animation world, is that it is an international world, and you can reach out wit ha film and be heard in other countries, the most lo fi kind of film you can make (equipment wise), is stop motion . with single frames on any devise. Most important , make something amazing.. also check out sites like Cartoon Brew, all the information on festivals and artists there, also I love animate projects, website from Britain.


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Hi Lucie!! I’ve watched a few clips of your stand up routine and it seems like a lot of fun- do you have any plans to release a full VOD of your shows or a DVD or something along those lines at some point?

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how's your knee man?


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My grandpa has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's/ Dementia. It has been tearing me up because I live so far away that I can rarely get down to see him. Because of that, he doesn't see my wife and I that often. He recognizes her but not me. Is there anything that I can do to help him?

Also, how is it that he can recognize my wife who he has known for 7 years but not me, who he has known my whole life, 27 years?

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Absolutely! I am working on it and that is part of the reason why I'm doing my show for 3 weeks in NYC in July!


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I broke my knee dude

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The usual case in Alzheimer’s disease is to lose the memory of people in reverse order of their appearance in life. In my case, my mother with Alzheimer’s disease, lost her memory of her youngest child first, and the oldest child last. However, as in your case, there was a wonderful exception to this. I remember about a year before my mother died, sitting with her, holding her hand, in the middle of a conversation in which she had not the slightest idea who I was. She looked over my shoulder, directly into the face of my wife Dianne, and asked with a quizzical smile, “Didn’t you marry one of my sons?” I am convinced that she remembered my wife because she had such a deep affection for her. Perhaps that unexpected ability to remember has a similar explanation in your own lives.


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Hello Lucie! Thanks for having this AMA first of all, it's really nice seeing the Overwatch VA's being so supportive of the community, especially the videos you, Jen, Carolina and Anjali create!

  • What do you personally think Blizzard Entertainment should do about the Mercy "shipping war"? The majority in the Overwatch community (including me) believes Mercy would be very happy with Pharah alongside her in canon lore, writer Michael Chu seems to enjoy the thought of Genji more and while Jeff Kaplan has expressed support for Pharmercy on Twitch he has also expressed that the state of relationships belongs to the fans and the developers are just in it enjoying what the fans create. It is a really heated debate, what do you think?

  • Giving the character Mercy and the Pharmercy ship are as popular they are, there's a lot of good Mercy/Pharmercy content out there. Is there any favorite art or fanmade content you remember liking in particular?

  • Do you have plans to tour in Sweden/scandinavia? I'd love to watch your show and have you sign some Mercy and Pharmercy things for me.

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Yeah, how's your knee dude?


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In terms of brain plasticity, what features must an artificially intelligent neural network be capable of to model the brains capability to adapt to the stimulus or environment with such efficiency?

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Hey! Thanks for being here! I'm very curious to see what Blizzard will do next with Mercy! We'll have to wait and see! I love all the fanart. There is so much amazing stuff that we get sent everyday! I'd love to come to Sweden. Will work on it for you!


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I broke my knee dude, it's doing fine

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You ask a deep question that is difficult to answer in a few lines. It is difficult for us to know how open the simulation of the characteristics of an operational brain might be with a retention of its fundamental, almost unbelievable, powers. One class have thought about it and have attempted to construct artificially intelligent machines that operate very much like brains, with similar component processors and areas and devolution of actions. If you think about artificial intelligence as to produce a machine, that is equivalent to the human brain and its operational powers, then you can define a set of governing principles on a systems organization level that would need to be in place to make the machine work like the human brain. I view the models created by individuals like Jeff Hawkins at Numenta as representing an attempt to produce a machine in this form. At the same time, I have a strong personal suspicion that we could define the governing principles through some complex series of equations that someone could write down on a chalkboard and duplicate its powers in alternate ways. It is a little like imagining whether an evolved intelligence on another planet might have exactly the same form. But perhaps, in detail, outcomes substantially different detailed solutions, on the path to develop its evolutionary powers.

Great fun to think about! No clear answers here, pal. Maybe you are the individual who will sort it all out.


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Hi Lucie! Just wanna say I look up to you and all the OW crew a lot, I love your videos and all your fan interaction! Y'all seem awesome and your interactions are always so entertaining <3 anyway onto questions!!

1.) How/ when did you figure out what you wanted to do as a career ?

2.) Have you ever gotten/ how do you handle hate?

3.) Life advice? 3.5) Do you ship Pharmercy (this one's the most important)

P.S. thank you for your time, it means a lot!! <3 <3

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Would you rather be fat and dying or skinny with aids?


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In the early days of your research, the accepted idea was that the brain was static and that the only change in structure and function that occurred during mid-late life was degeneration. What was some of the early evidence and findings that led to the acceptance of the idea of neuroplasticity? What made you go against the largely accepted school of thought?

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I always knew I wanted to be an actress! It depends what form the hate comes in, if it's online it's best to ignore it, if it's confrontational and in your face it's best to walk away and remember that people who hate are sad people. My life advice is don't give up and imagination rules the world!


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First of all, there were prior studies conducted primarily in the domain of physiological psychology that argued contrary to the predominant view that the brain was continuously plastic. They just weren’t taken very seriously by the neuroscientific mainstream. My transformation came from two sources: a research team that I lead at the University of California contributed to the invention of a device called the cochlear implant and we realized in its application that what can appear to be an almost miraculous recovery in listening ability must be attributed to brain remodeling. These devices shocked the sector of the hearing range that normally only represents highest frequency sounds with only a very crude simulation of the normal patterns of input representing intelligible speech. Not surprisingly, the speech that most individuals initially heard was very degraded. In time, a miracle occurred. They heard everything. And, they described what they heard as sounding completely natural, just as it sounded before they lost their hearing. This was not a miracle accounted for by our engineering. The brain did it by changing itself to account for this recovered power.

In parallel, we were conducting studies on the basic organization of great sensory systems of the brain and very early on showed that the changes that occurred following damage to a peripheral nerve innervating the hand manifested powerful adult brain remodeling. We quite quickly showed that we could drive such changes very easily by manipulating inputs from the skin, or by training in an animal of any age. That led us to conduct studies in which we trained animals to define the rules that govern plastic change. We saw that plasticity was rule-based, and following those rules, we could change the brain positively or negatively in performance and in its operational powers at will.

After a long series of studies designed to optimize this level of control, we have looked for models in which we could translate this science out into the world, to the benefit of struggling human populations. Initial focus was on children that struggle in their language abilities, and struggled to learn to read, and struggle in their cognitive development in school. Up to this point, we have trained more than 6 million such children in American public schools. Our interest then turned to individuals in the adult world, in adult populations, who acquire problems in life, expressed as psychiatric illness, or neurological injury or illness. Because everyone’s brain is plastic, every individual that struggles on planet earth can improve their functional abilities and brain health through appropriate forms of intensive brain remodeling.

Finally, it is not just about the struggling. It is about every one of us. It is about every individual making the most out of life. About working to improve their operational performance abilities; on the job, in life, in the things that matter to them. It includes you.


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In what ways would you say that how fans perceive Mercy has affected how you perceive her? Somewhat related, how has your growing understanding of Mercy affected how you deliver her lines?

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*would you rather be yourself or Jim Norton


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Can you comment on how your findings could help improve brains of those with some form of addition? (alcohol, drug, video games,...) Given some research indicates their ability to reason diminishes. thank you

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The fact that so many fans have expressed how inspiring Mercy has been to them has made me realize she is very much a larger than life character which has grounded the way I deliver her lines a lot more!


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See above

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There are three aspects of related science in play that I can comment about. First, we know that a brain that has not evolved highly stable operations puts its owner at high risk for onset of a serious addiction. For example, children that have multiple adverse childhood experiences are delayed in their development and are left with brains that are commonly attentionally impaired. They struggle to control the child’s impulses. They struggle to suppress inappropriate responding. If a child in their early life has four categories of adverse childhood experiences against them, as shown by the Kaiser Health Initiative Research, they are 15 times more likely to develop a serious addiction as a teenager or young adult. So, the first line of attack in addressing issues of addiction are to strengthen those brains in ways that reduce the probability that addiction will be in such a child’s future. Second, we have been training individuals in small studies with ongoing addictions of alcohol or drugs and we now know that we can plastically drive changes in the brain that can plausibly help in recovery. For example, we have preliminarily shown that we can reduce craving for the addicted substance. It should be understood that we do not view brain training alone as likely to be effective in addiction related therapy because we think other life coaching and other cognitive and social therapeutic strategies almost certainly have to come into play.

Finally, the chronic addict has neurological changes that arise in their brain as a consequence of the addiction. Those changes weaken an individual operationally in elementary and in complex higher order processes. For example, ultimately, they slow down the brain and impair the individual’s cognitive and other abilities. Ultimately, they distort the machinery that contributes centrally to the individual’s sense of well-being and happiness. Things that should be central in the individual’s life and affections (like their marriage partner, or their child, or the natural beauties of life) can be weak as rewarding or stimulating sources of experience for them. And, the rebalancing and recovery of the rewards of these abilities is a very valuable aspect of recovery.

Scientists have shown that improvements in cognitive status resulting from therapy, directly predict that the person will stay off the drug or the alcohol once they leave the clinic and recovery of their attachment to the people that are at the core of their lives. Again, brain training and exercise in the appropriate forms can contribute to the recovery of these lost or degraded faculties.


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Hey lucie pohl what kind of music do you listen to?

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How hot does magnesium burn?


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Thank you, sir, for this amazing post. What can be done regarding anger? Is this an inherited characteristic?

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I like soul, funk, jazz, hip hop, classical music, flamenco....a lot of different kinds of music!


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First off, how do you spell magnesium. But if I were to guess approximately 3100 degrees celsius

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Anger is out of the immediate realm of my expertise. We commonly measure responses that relate to anger in individuals that we are trying to help. In general, we know that uncontrolled anger responses and expressions of hyper-reactivity emerge from the emotional control machinery of the brain, from the amygdala and the structures that feed it. This machinery can be quieted by specific forms of training. We apply that training, for example, in “wild children”, who cannot be sustained in a conventional home or foster care home because of their inherent strong emotional instability. “Mad all the time” or maybe more correctly, “upset all the time”, can describe many such children. In studies that we have supported in Australia, for example, the trainees are children who, because they have been in more than five foster care homes in the previous year, have been taken from them to live in a group facility where they can be minded 24 hours a day because of their ongoing, almost complete lack of personal control. Even in these extreme cases, these children’s brains can be plastically changed to get them past this completely self-defeating epoch in their life, in the great majority of cases.

What does it take to do that? First, we apply the kind of calming strategies that are commonly expressed within the science of meditation. Children are trained to understand that their brain is responsible and is highjacking them when they have an angry, out of control episode. That they simply must wait until it passes, until the brain storm, in their amygdala, moves out over the horizon again. Children are also trained in ways that are designed to positively reconnect them to other people, and to more accurately interpret where other people are coming from emotionally, that commonly lead to their misinterpretations that lead to their anger responses. I know this is probably not a very direct answer to your question about your own anger and the way it arises within you, but what I know for sure is that your angry moments are also subject to plastic modification. That you, too, can learn to wait until the storm passes. That you, too, can change your brain, and how you interpret the actions of others that reduce the probability that you respond inappropriately so often.

One last point. If, at some point in life, I poke my finger in your eye every so often, you might be inclined later in life to a bit more prone to be angry every once in a while. It’s very possible that in your early life, maybe without you knowing it, someone was poking a finger in your eye pretty regularly. It doesn’t actually have to be an outside agency, because you can often do the poking. When a child goes to school and is bullied or doesn’t do well in school, or feels inadequate or friendless, they can be poking their own eye. Something like this in your life might be the true origin of the moments of anger that are expressed later in life. Thank goodness you have a plastic brain, because if you live your whole life without doing something about it, shame on you!


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What is your opinion of mercy one-tricks like me?

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Do you really need 12 open mic comics on the same podcast?


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What modulates brain plasticity?

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My opinion is Heroes Never Die:-) <3


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First of all, no. Second of all, I only have 3 comics on - 3 limit.

They're not open mics, they're middlers

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The modulation or control of brain plasticity is a subject of thousands of scientific reports. There is a control system deep in the brain that releases chemical modulators – we call them modulatory neurotransmitters. Included on this list are the transmitters norepinephrine, acetylcholine, serotonin, dopamine, and endogenous opioids – along with two or three other minor players. Modulators are engaged as a function of behavioral context; you can think of them as having enabling power for plasticity. Or, they are released as a function of performance success – you could think of those as having “confirming power”. For example, norepinephrine broadly increases the excitability of responses across the cerebral cortex for those momentary times when it is released. When I am challenged to solve a problem, or challenged because something surprising has just occurred, its level of expression goes up. You could think of it as turning up the lights in the brain in ways that contribute to getting the answer right.

The neurotransmitter acetylcholine plays a different, crucial role. Acetylcholine is also released during moments of close attention – it actually increases the excitability of all of those things that are close to something I expect to occur, or something I am listening or searching for, or sensing to occur in my feelings. It actually allows the brain to change, to find a new solution, because the brain can actually engage the processes that can allow a substitution of what inputs dominate neural responses at each affected location. You can think of it as opening up the repertoire in the domain of possible change; once it is turned on, it gives you about two minutes to go through a behavioral cycle with the possibility of changing its effectively engaged neurons for the ones that were most valuable to improving behavioral performance.

Dopamine, another key neurotransmitter, is released as a function of the occurrence of a reward, or as the brain informs itself that it has responded correctly or made a correct judgment (a “self-recognized reward”), or by the expectation of a reward. That is to say, as soon as the brain expects you get the answer right, you get that rush of pleasure that tells you, “way to go!” – even before you respond to indicate that you know the right answer. Dopamine does two critical things: it modulates enduring change. Dopamine release does another wonderful thing; dopamine related processes actually change rapidly from having an initial positive plastic effect to having an immediately following negative plastic effect. What it is doing is strengthening all of those activities that contributed to performance success, then it takes the next moment in time to weaken everything connectionally that did not contribute. So, there is a positive and negative effect, which taken together, amplifies the power of change.

Serotonin and endogenous opioids and other modulators are also in play, but explaining their specific roles would take another page, or two…or three. I recommend Wikipedia.

In the meantime, think about the marvels of owning a brain that controls its own evolution and change. What do these modulatory neurotransmitters do in sum? They turn on your plasticity machine when something important is about to happen (or has just happened). They open up the machinery for broad change, just for those learning moments when change can be important or valuable to you. They evaluate the success of your behavioral “try” – if it is a good one, they save all of those changes that contribute to its success, and by doing that progressively and iteratively, they give you the power of master controller for even very complex activities. All of this occurs with the brain operating on the basis of enabling change that it interprets to be in its own best interest. What a machine you possess. What a wondrous thing. I sure hope you have a healthy one. I sure hope you are taking good care of your very own most powerful organ.


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Hey Lucie,

This is a bit of a boring question but a lot of questions involving Overwatch i've thought of have already been asked but

  • What location on the earth that you have never been at and would love to go to?

Cheers from Canada

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Is there a correlation between rising ocean levels and your wading in the shallows?


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I'd love to go to Iceland

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Fb fans are awesome, reddit fans are trolls with different names. I get it, it's a moon joke. I'm as big as a planet, I get it


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Can you see yourself doing motion capture for a game? Like how Uncharted, Tomb Raider or The Last of Us does it?

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Who were you more scared to sit next to at the Cellar table, Patrice or Colin?


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Absolutely! I've done some mocap in the past and it's a lot of fun!

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Patrice cause he's dead


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As a Mercy main, who are your favorite heroes to fight alongside?

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Hi Bobby. I hope the answer to this is yes. Do you ever think about your miserable childhood and how your mother literally gave you away and get so sad that you eat even though you aren't hungry?


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Pharah!

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Your wish is granted. Yes


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Hi Lucie! Just wanted to say thanks for doing an AMA on Reddit, you're a phenomenal actress and we all appreciate your time for doing this! I've just got 2 questions for you and I'm sorry if any of these are reoccurring ones. Without further ado:

  1. I'd like to ask on what made up your mind on taking up a career of acting/voice acting/comedy etc. In my case, as for someone who has done acting lessons at a young age but regretfully stopped doing them, I'm curious to what your answer is?

  2. And lastly, this is a bit of a funny question but in regards to voicing Mercy in Overwatch- If you could completely change Mercy's ultimate voice line ("Heroes Never Die") into something else, what would YOU want it to be?

Thankyou very much for your time Lucie! Piece of cake :)

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Bobby, what was the meanest thing Patrice ever said to you?


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Hi! I grew up in a theater family so I always knew that was the only thing I wanted to do in life! I never thought I could do anything else. I like 'cupcakes never die' ;-)

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He said so many mean things. He's called me a fat lesbian, I dunno there's too many mean things to come up with


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Hey Lucie. So earlier this month Carolina posted a video of yall eating cupcakes where you said "Cupcakes never die". Have a friend who is obsessed with Mercy and cupcakes so that completely made her day. My question in regards to that topic is, what do you prefer, cupcakes or muffins?

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Is this your year? Are you finally going to make it?


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Cupcakes!

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No, absolutely not


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Does red bull give you wings?

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Who is the next BIG comedian to die, and why is it Artie Lange?


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Obviously

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I love Artie I would never say that to him. Keep all the mean shit to me you piece of gaaaarbage


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Hello Miss Pohl, I was curious if you had any idea beforehand that Overwatch would become such a huge hit and that your character (and by extension yourself) would become so popular? If you don't think you are popular then you aren't following the right Tumblr's btw . . .

I know we were all impressed with the original trailer, but the community as well as the amazing developer support have made this one of the best games simply ever, and I know I for one didn't quite expect it. The voice actors have made a huge impact on the community, and just knowing you are paying attention means a lot to us. Thank you.

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Hold my hand man?


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Thank you SO much! It's all of you guys that make it so great! I honestly had no idea it would be this big. It's been an amazing ride so far and I can't wait for what's to come!

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Hold my hand dude


Q:

What are the odds of you cosplaying as Mercy someday? :)

Thanks for representing Germany in Overwatch with your awesome voice! Vielen Dank! :)

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You've mentioned several diets in the past. What are you currently doing, if anything, to be healthy?


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Danke:-) I think the odds are pretty good! Would love to!

A:

It's called the no sugar no grain diet unless you're at an airport in which case you can only eat sugar and grain


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First of all, I wanted to say I love your work, voicing Mercy and your comedy!! Keep up the good work! I want to know though, you and Sombra's voice actress seem like really good friends in the videos she makes, do you two hang out a lot, and is that just what it's like to be a part of the Overwatch VA Family?

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BOBBY!!! Question about your time on the show "Louie" - Were you on set when this scene took place? http://i.imgur.com/Mq62pPt.png


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We've all become really close! We're very lucky Blizzard has put together such an amazing team!

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That was actually me, I had just gone back to Aruba


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Mind If I ask a few here.

  • I often see people refer to mercy as their wife. Do you find this odd?
  • Favorite mercy Voice line you've recorded?
  • Would you send me something signed by you? I love mercy as a person how you and blizzard have brought her to life. I can't afford any conventions though, so this would be insanely appreciated but I understand why you won't. bonus: The mercy fanart on my wall my friend ordered for Christmas
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Hi Bobby, #Big fan! Was it troubling staying still on the flat bed when Jesse, Randolph and Rae were helping you escape from the park?


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I don't find it odd! I love it!

My favorite voice line is Heroes Never Die...for a price!

Send me stuff to CESD in NYC.

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I really wanna laugh at that reference but I don't know what the fuck you're talking about. #gofuckyourmother #loveyou


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Hi Lucie! Rather new to Reddit here, but big Overwatch fan. My girlfriend and I cosplayed as Mercy76 at a convention last year and this pic got viral.

Rate our cosplay? https://goo.gl/photos/PGBzXzsFYCyyqyjc9

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You're a delightfully lovable creep, Bobby. What was the meanest thing you said about Vos at the roast the other night?


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Awesome!

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Bonnie was dating Nathan Fillion from Castle and Firefly, and she dumped him and ended up marrying Vos. I put up a photo on the big screen of Fillion and read his credits. Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy and a network ABC show with 170 episodes, 100,000 an episode

Then I read Vos' that started with Maxwell's and Poughkeepsie - what a bad choice she made


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Hello Ms. Pohl! You're such an amazing person! I hope my questions aren't a hassle

  • 1) Favourite New York attraction/place to visit?
  • 2) A country you really want to visit?
  • 3) How many languages can you speak (or at least can understand)?
  • 4) If you were any mythical creature what would you be?
  • 5) If you were to have any overwatch character as your roommate who would you be?

Thank you so much! You're an inspiration! Hugs from Indonesia.

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Hi Bawby, thanks for giving Chip Chipperson a spot on The Riotcast Network. He's a national treasure. What happened with Sex, Drugs, & Rock and Roll?


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  1. Anywhere along the East River! 2. I really want to visit Indonesia! 3. I can speak German, English and I can understand French, Spanish, Italian and Greek! If I could be a mythical creature I would be a dragon! If I could have an ow character as a roommate it would be Roadhog;-) Hugs from NYC!
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You're welcome. It kills me to say you're welcome. He's the #1 show on Riotcast. Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll got cancelled, that's why I'm doing this


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Hey Lucie! I firstly wanted to say just how awesome you are! My girlfriend and I watch all the videos with you and Sombra's VA and you guys are amazing together!

I wanted to ask:

  1. Has anyone ever recognized you by your voice?

  2. What is your favorite interaction?

  3. Do you think Mercy and Sombra would hang out as much as you and Carolina hang out in real life?

Thank you for your time! Mercy is by far my favorite Overwatch character, mainly because of you add so much personally with your voice work!

EDIT: Added another question that came to me on the way to work.

A:

What was that weird noise you made getting out of the car that one time?


Q:
  1. yes!
  2. i love them all~
  3. yes! thank you!
A:

I don't know what that was, that was so weird


Q:

Do you take your comedy show on the road, and if so, how often?

edit: I'm a German (descendant) Jew and am interested in seeing it, but don't live in the proximity of NYC.

A:

Do you actually do bang bangs in real life and if so what is your favorite cuisine pairing?


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I do! I gig in different countries and cities at least once a month usually.

A:

Yes unfortunately I have, it would have to be dinner then chinese


Q:

Hi Lucie! I was wondering if you'd be attending Momocon again next year? I got your autograph but I regret not asking for a picture!! (I was the Mercy cosplayer who got her ipad signed 💕💕) (Also thanks for AMA!)

A:

what do you think it will take to leave your child without a father?


Q:

I hope so! I remember you! You are awesome!!!

A:

Lie - eggs whites with orange slices

Truth - two eggs sandwiches and a cuban cigar


Q:

Top 5 TV series?

A:

Hi Bobby. I'm a huge fan and respect you as a human being. My wife is terminally sick and my family is having a really hard time coping. Do you have any words of encouragement?


Q:
  1. Fawlty Towers
  2. Flying Circus
  3. I Love Lucy
  4. The Wire
  5. Arrested Development
A:

I hope your fat wife dies. No I'm sorry, scratch that, I hope your whole family dies


Q:

Hello, I was wondering if you've ever met the VA for Ana? I main Ana and I know she lives in Egypt and rarely comes to events, but it would be cool if you'd seen her in person before.

A:

Were you drawing from personal experience with your scene in Sirens? It all seemed so real


Q:

I haven't but hope she will be at Blizzcon!

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Oh when I had the coke bottle stuck in my ass. No I've never used a coke bottle


Q:

Hello, Lucie! Thank you for being on Reddit, also had a great time at your Apohlcalypse Now show back in March. When you're scripting for a live show, when do you feel it's right to exaggerate or caricature aspects of the stories you're telling for comedic effect and when does it feel right to tell a story just as it happened?

A:

Why do you love food more than your child?


Q:

Thank you!!! So awesome that you came out! Hope you come to the new one too. Great question! I think it's always ok to exaggerate or caricature aspects of a story when it serves the point I am trying to make! Truth is usually better than fiction though and life writes the best stories so most of the time I don't even have to embellish!

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Stop with the fucking, stop getting real, don't make statements. Either be funny or fuck yourself


Q:

Honestly never heard of you before seeing this AMA, but based on that trailer you seem really funny and talented. The whole one-(wo)man show seems to be kind of a lost art (or maybe I'm just not hip enough to know how alive and well they are). What made you decide to pursue this medium? Do you know what you want to do next? I'd love to see you in some comedic movie roles. Is that the eventual goal?

A:

How long does it take you to scrape the barnacles off your face every morning?


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Yes my goal is to turn this show into a format for tv and film and keep doing more comedic film and tv projects!

A:

I get it it's a whale joke but too hacky, try harder


Q:

Do you mess with people using your voice?

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Where’s your go-to places to hang in Montreal?


Q:

Yes! All the time!

A:

Stogies, over on rue and crescent. Love that place. Love Dunn's too, and the Hyatt, the 19th to the 29th. Go to hahaha.com for tickets


Q:

Hey Lucie,

Could you talk a little about how you got into the voice acting scene? I think I have a pretty cool voice (just like everyone aspiring to become a voice actor, right?) and thought I'd ask about your story.

A:

My first voice acting job was off of an ad on craigslist!


Q:

Why's the comedy show called "Hi, Hitler"? You've said you're a German Jew so I'm assuming your family has gone through some horrible struggles during the time of the Nazi regime. I'm interested because I like learning about WW2 and things related to it (my grandfather fought in the war and it's interesting to hear his stories). Also, do you like Lord of the Rings? I'm a Lord of the Rings nerd so I had to ask.

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The show is called Hi, Hitler because as a kid growing up I thought it was just a fun greeting "Hi" instead of "Heil" and the show is a lot about misunderstandings, displacement and searching for a place to belong. You should come see it if you can! I love Lord of the Rings!


Q:

Since it seems like you really enjoy comedy 1.Favorite Comedy Movie/Comedy Writter? 2.Who do you think is the funniest of the V/O actors naturally :D

PS. Love you Mercy :P

A:

My favorite comedy writers are John Cleese, John Apatow, Lucille Ball. The funniest VO actor that I've met so far is definitely Anjali! She's super silly!


Q:

Warum, warum, ist die Banane krumm? 🤔

A:

Weil keiner sie grade biegt


Q:

Who is your favorite character from Overwatch, besides Mercy? ❤️

A:

I love them all!


Q:

Hey Lucie!

I'll start off by saying this, thanks for doing this. I have two questions, one regarding your show and the other about your hobbies/interests. First off, have you ever thought about touring through major cities for your show (if you haven't already), particularly in the West Coast area? I would love to see it live! I have only seen snippets of your show online from critics raving about how funny it was!

Next question, your role in Overwatch has made you enter this new found world of video game/nerd culture. Do you have any preexisting hobbies or maybe gained a nerdy hobby from being exposed to this culture? Ex.(playing video games, watching anime, reading the Overwatch comics,etc.)

Again, thanks for doing this! Its really cool to hear what you have to say! Also Good luck in your future endeavours in this crazy industry!

A:

Hey! I have done some of my shows in LA but I am definitely planning to come out to the West Coast and do a proper tour! I have started playing Overwatch so I guess that makes me a nerd now:-)


Q:

I absolutely adore your stuff, its a nice change from the bland stand-up. Your rambunctiousness is my favorite thing about you! I first saw you in Military Academy, and you have had my heart racing ever since!! Thanks for taking the time out to come say Hi. I have two questions.

The first is obviously who inspired you, and what is that inner part of you that allows you to break the typical social norms?

Second, one of my all-time favorites has been George Carlin, and he started out doing normal, family friendly stuff before evolving into what he was really destined for. What do you see in your future? Do you see your comedy evolving to even more criticisms of the cultures we have today? Perhaps acting even more?

Thanks again! I love Lucie!! <3

A:

Wow! Amazing questions! Thank you! I am inspired by Lucille Ball, Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Jessica Kierson, lots of amazing females who have defied stereotypes! I don't think about norms which is what allows me to break them! I love George Carlin too and yes, I think my comedy will become more biting and rude as time goes on:-) Thank you!!!


Q:

Does Mercy listen to Engel from Rammstein?

A:

Totally