Lucie Pohl is a German-American actress and stand-up comedian. Pohl is the daughter of theater director and singer Sanda Weigl and the actor and dramatist Klaus Pohl. She is sister of writer Marie Pohl and cousin of actress Anna Thalbach. Pohl is the voice actor for the heroine Mercy in the video game Overwatch. She featured in the Red Dwarf episode "Twentica" as Harmony de Gauthier.
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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/
Are you good friends with the voice actor for Pharah?
Yes! I love Jen Cohn!
What is the best dessert?
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.
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
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?
Thank you so much! And NO ABSOLUTELY NOT! No pineapple on pizza;-)
Do you play Overwatch at all? If so, who's your favorite character in game? (Besides Mercy of course)
I love Soldier 76!
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?
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!
What is harder to save... heroes or cupcakes?
Definitely cupcakes. They get eaten so quickly.
Hi Lucie, thank you so much for doing this AMA!
I actually have two questions, both on different topics.
In Overwatch, what's it like recording death sounds for your character? Does it ever get awkward or weird?
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?
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!
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.
Thank you so much! I think a lot of my personality influences Mercy because the emotions have to be real and have to come from somewhere!
If you could have any Mercy skin be put into the game what would it be?
Hmmm. I like the idea of some sort of Futuristic Robot Skin...
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?
I love Pharmercy! My favorite voice line is Heroes Never Die! It's a powerful message and it's
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.
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!
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.
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
Are you a Mercy main?
What was it like working on the Turkish film, "Magi?"
Yes I am a Mercy main! Working on Magi was amazing! I got to spend 6 weeks in Istanbul which is an amazing place. It was a wild ride!
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?
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 s
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?
It was awesome! It's always nice to get a
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.
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!
What town/city do I absolutely have to visit when traveling in Germany?
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
Hey lucie pohl what kind of music do you listen to?
I like soul, funk, jazz, hip hop, classical music, flamenco....a lot of different kinds of music!
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?
The defining moment in my career was when I started writing my first show Hi, Hitler and working on my own material around 4 years ago! This changed everything for me.
I love voice acting and I can't wait to do more of it. It's so fun to get to fill out these characters and bring them to life with just your voice! The main difference between acting and voice acting is that you have to convey everything with one instrument - your voice! It's really fun to do!
I auditioned for Mercy!
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?
We've all become really close! We're very lucky Blizzard has put together such an amazing team!
Mind If I ask a few here.
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.
This is a bit of a boring question but a lot of questions involving Overwatch i've thought of have already been asked but
Cheers from Canada
I'd love to go to Iceland
Whats been the biggest and favorite project you have worked on?
The comedy shows I write are always my favorite projects because they come from me, the biggest projects I have worked on have been Overwatch, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Red Dwarf. All of them were incredible experiences!
What are the odds of you cosplaying as Mercy someday? :)
Thanks for representing Germany in Overwatch with your awesome voice! Vielen Dank! :)
Warum, warum, ist die Banane krumm? 🤔
Weil keiner sie grade biegt
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?
Thank you!!! The writers are always open to our suggestions so as I get more into the character if I have any ideas I will totally bring them up!
LOL! I'd love to cosplay as Mercy and walk around doing her lines - or even better, I'd love to play her in a live action version!
Does red bull give you wings?
Will you sign my mercy fan art? Do you think you'd ever do an upcoming British comic con?
I will be at FanaticExpo in September!
I love Mercy, I main her! Have you heard of the "Pharamercy" ship? How do you feel about it? I definitely ship them
I think it's awesome!
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?
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!!
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!
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
Mercy plays soccer and eats chocolate in her free time! She looks for honesty, kindness and loyalty in a friend! Thank you!
If you could have any ability from any hero in Overwatch, what would it be and why?
I'd love to have some of Lucio's Sonic Amplifier because it's so badass!
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
Grazie! I would always have picked Mercy! I love her and I love what she stand for! Mercy is opening a lot of new doors for me and introducing me to a whole new world of fans and opportunities! Thanks for playing!
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?
The best way is to find someone to speak German with!
Are you getting recognized alot when going in town?
It's been happening more these days!
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.
I do! I gig in different countries and cities at least once a month usually.
What is your opinion of mercy one-tricks like me?
My opinion is Heroes Never
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?
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!
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!)
I hope so! I remember you! You are awesome!!!
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?
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!
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:
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?
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 :)
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' ;-)
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)!
Thank YOU for being awesome! I remember being intensely fascinated by spray cheese. That was a real culture shock, that did not exist in Deutschland! But because I was so young I adapted very quickly...
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?
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
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!!!
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?
Yes my goal is to turn this show into a format for tv and film and keep doing more comedic film and tv projects!
Can you see yourself doing motion capture for a game? Like how Uncharted, Tomb Raider or The Last of Us does it?
Absolutely! I've done some mocap in the past and it's a lot of fun!
Hi Lucie, as a German woman with Jewish family ties, do you sometimes feel conflicted about Hitler, i.e. one side of you admiring and the other side abhorring him?
I never admired Hitler, I had a fascination for him as a child because I didn't understand he was evil but knew that he was an important figure.
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?
Yes, my grandmother had to wear the yellow star, was held hostage and was not allowed to continue studying, a lot of my grandfather's immediate family was killed in the holocaust.
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 ;)
I am working on coming to GamesCom in Cologne! Fingers crossed it will work out. Thank you for being awesome!
What's your favorite flavor of cheesecake?
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?
Yes! I do! I try to ground myself and think about healing people!
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!
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
Do you need healing too?
I am a big fan of you omg!
Do you like travelling around the world, and would you consider visiting the Philippines?
Thank you! I would LOVE to come to the Philippines and yes I love travelling!
Hello Ms. Pohl! You're such an amazing person! I hope my questions aren't a hassle
Thank you so much! You're an inspiration! Hugs from Indonesia.
Have you been to England? If not, will you?
Yes! I've done shows in London and I;ve been to Nottingham!
Would you ever consider being a guest at a comic convention or gaming show In Canada? Namely Southern Ontario? (Toronto/Niagara falls) And are there any movie franchises or game series that you really enjoy? Thanks!
I would love to come to Canada! I'll work on that for you! I love the X-Men movies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars....
Do you mess with people using your voice?
Yes! All the time!
how does you normal day look like (before and after mercy voice acting)??
Coffee, running around town, more coffee, 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.
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!
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?
I am working on getting the show taped and on DVD! Stay tuned!
The biggest challenge has been overcoming the stereotypes associated with being German and Jewish and I was inspired by my Jewish grandmother who lived through so much and never let anything get her down!
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?
The woman is always right;-)
Hey! Mercy's one of my favourite heroes when I need to heal, and her signature phrase is probably the most morale-boosting phrase to hear in Overwatch, especially when things are going to hell in a handbasket. So, thank you for lending your voice to her, she wouldn't be the same without you.
(I am a total Widowmaker and Chloe Hollings fan, but Mercy takes a close second)
My question is... well, there's two. The first is what is it about Mercy that you like or that resonates with you, and what's your favourite skin for her?
I love her nurturing qualities! My fav skin is the witch skin...xx
Guess I'm a little late to the party. Hi Lucie! Cheers from Canada, I love the work you've done with Mercy. I didn't realize you did stand up too! Well, now I have some internet browsing to do. I don't know If this has been asked already, but how would one get their foot in the door for voice acting?
Just go for it and try to seek out any and every opportunity you can find it!
Hey! Fellow New Yorker here. I live in NYC myself and was born and raised here. Favorite food spots??
Eilleen's Cheesecake Spot on Cleveland Place! And Commerce Street where the Cherry Lane Theatre is and where I'll be doing my show! Come see it!
why are you so pretty?
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
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!
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!)
and of course..
Thank you and hope you're having a wonderful day!
Berlin or NYC?
Hi Lucie! A few questions.
First, if I may ask, what plans do you have for the future? Do you want to continue doing comedy and film work as long as you can, or do you have thoughts about switching tracks sometime?
Second, do you have a favorite joke you can tell us?
Finally, what's the best kind of cupcake :)
Hi! My immediate future plans are to do my show Hi, Hitler in NYC July 11-30 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. I will always continue doing comedy and film work as long as I can!
Favorite joke Who discovered we could get milk from cows, and what did he THINK he was doing at the time? (Billy Connoly)
Best kind of cupcake is chocolate!