The Umbrella Academy's Pogo: A Conversation With Actor Ken Hall

He’s been a disgruntled grey alien, sent to conquer the Earth but finding his heart instead. He plays two roles on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, based on the Dark Horse graphic novels by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bà. Ken Hall performs Pogo, as well as plays Herb, a manipulator of our reality.

But he found his way to the screen through improvisational comedy, continuing to perform and teach through the internet. Ken joined me for a conversation about being authentic in his roles, whether motion capture, prosthetic make-up, or himself.

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About Derek McCaw 2010 Articles
In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He has performed with ComedySportz and Silicon Valley Shakespeare, though relocated to Hollywood to... work in an office? If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at