If there really is a deep state secretly running the world, let’s hope it’s nothing like Cognito, Inc., the shadow government at the center of Netflix’s Inside Job. The new animated series explores the dysfunctional team responsible for committing the world’s conspiracies, from high-level coverups to masked orgy etiquette, and the workplace antics that threaten to expose their efforts to the public. Between creator Shion Takeuchi and executive producer Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls), Inside Job boasts a talented behind-the-scenes team, but what of its voice cast? Here’s who’s playing who, and where you may know them from:
Inside Job viewers will likely have no trouble identifying Lizzy Caplan as Reagan Ridley, a socially awkward tech genius who hustles for a promotion while she works to make the world a better place. Caplan first rose to fame as Mean Girls’ Janice Ian, Cady Heron’s artsy, disaffected friend, and her standout performance led to roles in Cloverfield, My Best Friend’s Girl, True Blood, and Party Down. From 2013 to 2016, she portrayed human sexuality researcher Virginia E. Johnson in Showtime’s Masters of Sex, for which she earned nominations for an Emmy Award, two Satellite Awards, and a Critics’ Choice Award. In the years since Masters, Caplan has appeared in various projects, including The Disaster Artist, Extinction, Hulu’s Castle Rock, and the Apple TV+ drama Truth Be Told.
Rand Ridley, Reagan’s father, once ran Cognito, but he was recently fired for nearly exposing the Deep State. Now unemployed and living with his daughter, Reagan uses his free time to plot revenge and troll British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Rand is voiced by veteran actor Christian Slater, who first burst on the scene in the 1989 dark comedy Heathers, and became a bonafide movie star with performances in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Quentin Tarantino-written crime drama True Romance, Interview with the Vampire, and Broken Arrow. In recent years, Slater has focused on television work: he earned a Golden Globe for his performance in Mr. Robot, and co-starred opposite Alec Baldwin and Joshua Jackson in Peacock’s Dr. Death. Slater can also be heard in animated series Archer and The Lion Guard and as DC Comics’ Deadshot.
Following Rand’s departure, Brett Hand, an eager-to-please bureaucrat, steps in to co-lead the team with Reagan, much to her displeasure. Brett presents as a frat boy, but underneath, he’s a caring man who wants to be accepted by his colleagues. The man behind Brett, Clark Duke, broke out as judgemental Christian Dale Kettlewell in ABC Family dramedy Greek before appearing in a string of high-profile comedies, including Sex Drive, Kick-Ass, Hot Tub Time Machine, and the final season of The Office. More recently, Duke starred in both seasons of Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, played an amateur crime-solver in Veronica Mars Season 4, and voiced Thunk in The Croods franchise. In 2020, he made his feature directorial debut with Arkansas, in which he co-starred opposite Liam Hemsworth, Michael K. Williams, Vince Vaughn, John Malkovich, and Vivica A. Fox.
Cognito CEO J.R. Scheimpough is voiced by veteran comedy actor Andrew Daly, who cut his teeth at Late Night with Conan O’Brien and MADtv. Over the course of his 25-year career, Daly has appeared in countless film and TV projects, most notably Semi-Pro (as courtside announcer Dick Pepperfield), Eastbound & Down, Comedy Central’s Review, and Veep. Beyond Inside Job, he can also be heard as Wyatt and The King of Ooo in Adventure Time, Krombopolous Michael on Rick & Morty, and Two-Face on Harley Quinn.
Inside Job’s resident biochemist, Dr. Andre, is a free spirit who happily experiments with narcotics when he’s off the clock. MADtv fans may recognize Dr. Andre’s voice as Bobby Lee, a comedian who became the sketch series' first and only Asian cast member when he joined the show in 2001. Lee remained on MADtv until it ended in 2009, taking periodic breaks to appear in famed comedies like Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Pineapple Express. In the decade since, he's expanded his reach into the podcast world (he co-hosts TigerBelly with his girlfriend, Khalyla Kuhn, and Bad Friend with Andrew Santino) and has appeared in various films and TV shows, including The Dictator, Splitting Up Together, Magnum, P.I., and Reservation Dogs.
If you’ve watched any animated comedy or video game in the last 15 years, you’ve probably heard John DiMaggio’s voice. The actor famously portrayed Bender on Futurama, Jake the Dog on Adventure Time, Dr. Drakken on Kim Possible, and Marcus Fenix in the Gears of War franchise. DiMaggio has also appeared on-screen in Mythic Quest, Better Call Saul, and Historical Roasts’ Muhammad Ali episode. In Inside Job, he voices Glenn Dolphman, a human-dolphin hybrid and conservative war hero who oversees Cognito’s arsenal.
Gigi is the Head of Media Manipulation and Subliminal Messages at Cognito, a powerful role that helps make her the queen of office gossip. The fast-talking exec is voiced by Tisha Campbell, best known for her starring roles in Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show, and My Wife and Kids. Beyond her late ‘90s-early 2000s sitcom success, Campbell has appeared in dozens of films, including Spike Lee’s School Daze, Another 48 Hrs., and House Party, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. More recently, the actress/singer appeared in Last Man Standing, Outmatched, and the Paramount+ film The J Team.
Joining Glenn Dolphman on the non-human side of Team Cognito is Magic Myc (Brett Gelman), a psychic mushroom-like organism from a hive mind deep inside Hollow Earth who can read people’s minds. Gelman has a deep resume of comedy work: after appearing on various sketch comedy shows, he landed series regular roles as Brett Mobley in Adult Swim’s Eagleheart and NBC sitcom Go On, which led to subsequent gigs on Another Period, FX comedy Married, and Bad Teacher. More recently, Gelman had a recurring role in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's acclaimed comedy Fleabag (he played Martin, Claire’s husband), and in Camping, Mr. Mercedes, and Amazon’s Without Remorse.
All ten episodes of Inside Job premiere Friday, October 22 on Netflix.
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.
TOPICS: Inside Job, Netflix, Alex Hirsch, Andrew Daly, Bobby Lee, Brett Gelman, Christian Slater, Clark Duke, John DiMaggio, Lizzy Caplan, Shion Takeuchi, Tisha Campbell-Martin