I’m Lucie Pohl and my comedy show “Hi, Hitler” is coming to NYC in July. I’m also the voice of...


I’m a German-Jew who comes from a wild family of eccentric, drama addicted artists including Bertolt Brecht and countless other crazy characters and I tell people all about what it’s like growing up in the Pohl Circus, being an immigrant and the search for home in my solo comedy show “Hi, Hitler” at The Cherry Lane Theatre in New York July 11-30. I am also the voice of Mercy on a little game you may have heard of called Overwatch. Ask me anything!
THAT’S IT FOR ME GUYS! THANKS SO MUCH! I HAD A BLAST AND LOVE YOU ALL! HOPE TO SEE YOU AT MY SHOW IN NYC AND AT CONS IN YOUR CITY! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

“Hi, Hitler” trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUhFDgG7zpI

“Hi, Hitler tickets: http://www.hihitlershow.com/

proof: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVz6Zs_HdB6/?taken-by=ulovelucie



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  • Hey Lucie! We’ve seen some of Jen Cohn’s influence in Pharah’s character (particularly with the love of rock). How much of your personality influences Mercy? Also, you do a great job voicing her, btw. I adore the work you do for Mercy so much.

  • Hi Lucie!

    What is harder to save… heroes or cupcakes?

  • 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?

  • What is the best dessert?

  • Are you good friends with the voice actor for Pharah?

  • 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.

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

  • Do you play Overwatch at all? If so, who’s your favorite character in game? (Besides Mercy of course)

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • why are you so pretty?

  • 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?

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

  • 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?

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

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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](http://i.imgur.com/v9dvZZV.jpg) 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.

  • Hi!
    First of all I want to thank you for your amazing voice acting, it’s really great!
    It seems you are really getting into Mercy character so I have two questions
    -have you ever considered suggesting your own voicelines to be added?
    -many people say you look almost like Mercy, have you considered doing Mercy cosplay and just walk everywhere saying her voicelines?

  • Afternoon Miss Pohl, just a few questions for ya:

    1. How do you see your VA career exploding in leaps and bounds after Overwatch?

    2. How cool is it to still interact with the other VA from Overwatch, and more importantly, document it for all us fans to see?

    3. Who’s the best healer in-game between you and Jonny Cruz?

    Thanks for being a great sport today 🙂 Till Valhalla!

    ___

    ***edit: I guess I’ll just sacrifice myself on the payload, hoping for the rez…***

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

  • Are you a Mercy main?

    What was it like working on the Turkish film, “Magi?”

  • 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?

  • Whats been the biggest and favorite project you have worked on?

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

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

  • Hi Lucie, you mentioned that you are a German with Jewish heritage. Did any of your past family members experience any of the hardships from the war?

  • Hi Lucie! Firstly, on behalf of all the other Mercy mains out there, thank you so much for your beautiful voice acting for her! <3 Some Pharmercy related questions:
    Would you ever consider doing a fun, cheesy fanfiction reading or doing fan-comics voice overs with Jen and the girls?
    Is there any chance you could persuade Michael Chu and the team to add more Pharah/Mercy voice lines / interactions in game?

  • What would you say is a defining moment in your career? (Or is it a “one thing led to another” type deal and boom now you’re where you’re at)

    From a glance at your IMDB it looks like you mainly do acting, aside from comedy. Are you looking to get more into voice acting? What would you say are some differences between the two that you didn’t expect, going from one to another?

    How did you come to be the voice of Mercy?

  • If you could have any ability from any hero in Overwatch, what would it be and why?

  • 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

  • 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

  • Does red bull give you wings?

  • Hello Lucie and greetings from Singapore! Thank you for doing this AMA, i’m really glad Blizzard chose you to bring the character of Mercy to life. I play her quite a bit and i really enjoy all her voicelines – especially the unique ones on her witch and devil skins (heroes never die…for a price >:) is my favorite!)

    * If you could be any hero from Overwatch for a day, who would you pick and why?
    * Are you a cat or a dog person?
    * What’s your favorite movie?
    * Any funny stories from your voice acting sessions, work or life to share? 🙂

    and of course..

    * Which would you rather fight: one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?

    Thank you and hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  • What are the odds of you cosplaying as Mercy someday? 🙂

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

  • Hey Lucie. So earlier this month Carolina posted a [video of yall eating cupcakes](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIJ5cesy7b8) 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?

  • Hello Lucie! I was wondering, if you could look at all the heroes roster from Overwatch before getting to be the voice for Mercy and if you could choose one to act for, what hero would you have picked? I was also wondering how much of an impact did getting to be Mercy have on your career and lastly, what your dream job would be if you couldn’t be a voice actress.
    I’d also like to use this comment to congratulate for the amazing job you have done as Mercy, your voice is really mesmerising and is the reason I switched from Italian Overwatch to English (I’m originally Italian) thanks to my friend Nick, who is a Mercy main btw.
    Just regarding this last point, I would like to arise a pretty bizarre request.. I was wondering if you could record a really short clip (feel free not to satisfy this request, I know it’s weird) of you wishing my friend Nick a happy 18th birthday. Turning 18 in Italy is like turning 21 in America, it’s a pretty huge thing and my friend is a huge, huge fan of yours. It’s a common use to make a video edit full of pictures of the guy turning 18 to display at restaurant when all friends and family members are around; It would mean the world if you could satisfy this request, and just in case you actually do this crazy sht, huge thanks in advance.
    Keep going and keep working hard, looking forward to watching your comedy show, and I’m sure so is Nicola (it would be better if you could call him that in the video rather than Nick since that’s his birth name)

    Much love from Italy

  • Are you getting recognized alot when going in town?

  • Have you tried to push for a Mercy animation at all?

  • 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](http://imgur.com/a/pm9Ir)

  • Hi Lucie, I was just wondering what you think Mercy does in her free time, what do you think she looks for in a friend? I love your work so much! -Vincent

  • I love Mercy, I main her! Have you heard of the “Pharamercy” ship? How do you feel about it? I definitely ship them

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

  • How much leeway were you given to improvise the tone/style, etc. of your voice lines for Mercy? How did you end up voicing Mercy?

  • Hey! I have a question about German (Language)

    I’ve just finished school and after 6 years of learning German I assumed I would be able to handle myself when I traveled to Austria. Here I am now in Salzberg airport after a week of struggling to understand the locals (dialect, accents and general conversation)

    I definitely want to come back to here and travel to Germany and was wondering what is the best way to continue learning the language? I will have to be independent as I plan to study different subjects in University. Do you have any major tips or small things that help you learn the more ‘advanced techniques’ of the language?

    Many thanks!

  • Will you sign my mercy fan art? Do you think you’d ever do an upcoming British comic con?

  • Pirates or ninjas? And why?

  • 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?

  • Hi! First I wanted to say thank you to you (and Jen and really everyone) for being so interactive with the fans. This is coming from a Pharmercy fan and a lesbian. Back in the day (avoiding a huge history lesson here, lol), we were still treated pretty second class in fandom and it was always a risk to even TALK about gay ships let alone create content for it. So thank you so much for being so kind and giving to your fans, (the women loving women community is notoriously loyal so you will always have a fanbase with us!!) it means a lot to me and I wish I had you and Jen in my life st a much younger stage. Growing up in the South is tough for that. But I think of all the young WLW who are affected positively because of this dumb little ship so thank you. Thank you so much.

    My question is: how do you get into character for Mercy? Do you think really motherly and nurturing thoughts?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

  • Was it a culture shock moving from Germany to the US?

    Thanks for existing and being awesome! Hope to catch one of your shows. You have a great sense of humor (and you’re lovely, too)!

  • 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.

  • Besides Mercy, which other Overwatch character do you identify with?

  • Do you mess with people using your voice?

  • 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.

  • Berlin or NYC?

  • 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.

  • 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!)

  • Top 5 TV series?

  • 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?

  • hi lucie, thanks for doing this AmA! my question is a rather specific one, but bear with me: if you read (fan)fiction with or about mercy, do you actually ‘*hear*’ mercy’s lines in your own voice?
    also, a second set of questions regarding *shipping*: it is common knowledge the VAs for korra and asami were a big factor in making korrasami canon, would you yourself consider pushing for mercy to be written into a canon relationship with another member of the overwatch roster? if so, which character would you most like to see mercy be in a romantic relationship with?

    again, thank you for taking the time to do this AmA. keep up the amazing work, and good luck for your show! 🙂

  • 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

  • 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?

  • Gutentag Lucie!

    What’s your favorite Mercy skin? It’s gotta be witch Mercy right? Are we going to see more Hispanglosaxon videos? You got any backstory on why Mercy likes to Hustle? I wonder where a combat medic learned to disco.

    Gl;hf with your comedy show!

  • I am a big fan of you omg!
    Do you like travelling around the world, and would you consider visiting the Philippines?

  • Hello Lucie,
    first of all thank you so much for what you do for your fans, especially for your wlw fans with the videos from you and the others. It really means a lot for us!

    My question would be, if you are going to join some conventions in Germany? It would be so nice to meet you in person (well if my shyness wont get in the way…).

    Have a nice day!

    P.S.: Mercy Main btw 😉

  • How did blizzard choose you all? Awesome show too!

  • Does Mercy listen to Engel from Rammstein?

  • What’s your favorite flavor of cheesecake?

  • 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.

  • Thank you for doing this! I love your work and I truly wish I could see your show. Will it eventually be available for viewing/purchasing online?

    What motivated or inspired you the most when faced with the challenges of being a German-Jew actress?

  • My girlfriend is a mercy main and I’m a genji main. I often get frustrated when im unable to get heals from her and it’s causing a rift! Any advice for a poor genji main to better accommodate my gf?

  • 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 😀

    PS. Love you Mercy 😛

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