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Meet the Cast of In The Know, Peacock's New Animated Comedy from Zach Woods

From Zach Woods, Mike Judge and Brandon Gardner, In The Know will combine stop-motion animation and real-life guests for a hilarious series of in-depth interviews. 

By Tyler McCarthy
Zach Woods as Lauren Caspian

In a time of increasingly stark political and social divides, Peacock is hoping to bridge those gaps by way of a well-intentioned fictional NPR team hoping to start real-life conversations with interesting and controversial people… Also, that team happens to be made up of stop-motion animated puppets. 

Peacock’s new original series In The Know will debut exclusively on the streaming platform starting January 25th, introducing the world to the loveable cast of characters who make up the fictional NPR show of the same name. From creators Zach Woods (The Office, Silicon Valley), Brandon Gardner and Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head, Silicon Valley, King of the Hill) the show follows Lauren Caspian (Woods), who is described as NPR’s third most popular host. He’s a well-meaning, hypocritical nimrod, just like you and me.

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Each episode will follow the making of a new episode of the NPR show "In The Know" where he’ll conduct in-depth interviews with real-world human guests. Luckily for Lauren, he’s not alone. The show comes together with the help of a diverse crew of NPR staff who also happen to be stop-motion animated.

Joining Woods’ host character Lauren is fellow series creator Mike Judge as Sandy the show’s culture critic. Caitlin Reilly will voice Fabian, the show’s researcher and fact checker with the help of Charlie Bushnell’s Chase, a college intern working at NPR. Rounding out the cast is J. Smith-Cameron as Barb, the co-executive producer of "In The Know" as well as Carl Tart, its sound engineer. You can get your first look at all of these animated characters below.

Zach Woods as Lauren Caspian
Mike Judge appears as Sandy In The Know
Caitlin Reilly appears as Fabian in In The Know
Charlie Bushnell appears as Chase in In The Know
J. Smith-Cameron appears as Barb in In The Know
Carl Tart appears as Carl in In The Know

In announcing the series, Woods shared a statement explaining his love for public radio and his desire to highlight the kind of people who make it happen every day (animated or not). 

“We love public radio. It’s engaging and comforting. But it also reflects aspects of ourselves that we're embarrassed by. Which is why we created a show about an NPR host who is, sadly, an only slightly exaggerated version of ourselves,” Woods shared. “We’re privileged, well-intentioned, guilty hypocrites. We buy ethically-sourced dog treats and have them delivered by people who are penalized for bathroom breaks. We put ‘No Justice No Peace’ signs next to our home security lawn decals. We’re sanctimonious doofuses who should be ridiculed more.” 

Woods also touched on the divisive times we live in and his hope that these animated characters can help bring people closer together - or at the very least slow what’s driving us apart. 
“As we get more isolated in our respective echo chambers, we're desperate to connect with people who are different from us through honest conversation and humor. We try to provide both on the show. (And even if you think our comedy is literal trash, we hope you'll enjoy the gorgeous animation from the stop-motion geniuses at ShadowMachine),” he concluded. “We want this show to start funny, scary, friendly conversations. We want to portray people who are possibly irredeemable but hopefully still loveable. And at the center of all of this is a frail overconfident male puppet with a woman’s name: Lauren Caspian.”

In The Know is also executive produced by Greg Daniels (The Office) and Dustin Davis for Bandera Entertainment alongside Alexander Bulkley and Corey Campodonico for Shadowmachine.

Catch In The Know streaming exclusively on Peacock starting January 25th.