Cole Escola, a non-binary comedian, voices the character of Montel in Season 6 of Big Mouth. The voice actor, who uses they/them pronouns, is best known for their role as Matthew on Hulu’s Difficult People and Chip Wreck on Search Party.
Big Mouth, an adult animated series on Netflix, is hilariously absurd, unabashedly edgy, and extremely socially aware. It's about tweens and teens going through puberty. The award-winning show, created by Jennifer Flackett, Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll, and Mark Levin, follows Nick Birch, Andrew Glouberman, and their school friends as they deal with the highs and lows of growing up with the help of their Hormone Monsters.
Big Mouth returns for its sixth season, delving into the frightening, h*rny, and perplexing world of tweenage sexuality with intelligence, sensitivity, and unabashed raunch. As with every new season, we've been given a new cast of characters — some regulars, some special guests — played by a diverse range of talented actors. This season's cast includes a new love interest for Missy (Ayo Edebiri), a newly discovered relative for Nick (Nick Kroll), and a trio of potential boy-band fathers for Lola (also Nick Kroll).
In fact, the series is all about changes, as it chronicles the problems of adolescence. Many would argue that the addition of a child is the most significant change, which is exactly what Season 6 brought for hormone monsters Connie (Maya Rudolph) and Maury (Nick Kroll) with a newborn hormone baby named Montel, which is voiced by comedian Cole Escola who is a non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.
As a result, viewers have been fascinated by their voice and character in the series. So, many people have been interested and curious to know more about them.
Previously, we touched on Jeff Goldblum.
Cole Escola on Big Mouth: A Non-binary Comedian, and Voice Actor Voices the Character of Montel!
If you've seen Human Resources, you'll recall that the first season ended with the Hormone Monster Maury (Nick Kroll) becoming pregnant by Connie (Maya Rudolph) and her reservations about becoming a mother.
This season, Big Mouth brings that storyline to a close with the birth of a non-binary child named Montel portrayed by Cole Escola (@coleescola), a non-binary comedian and cabaret performer best known for their roles as Matthew in Difficult People and as Chip Wreck in the Search Party series.
Talking about their sexuality, Escola also explained to the magazine that they've "always felt non-binary," but their decision to disclose this was less of a coming out and more of a clarification. They said,
It was more that I was tired of people asking me questions like, "Why do you play females so much?" as if that was the end goal rather than the means of telling a story.
However, Cole Escola's qualifications for the role extended beyond their gender identity. In an interview with Wussy Magazine, Escola explained that they gravitate toward "avant-garde, dysfunctional characters," and that their creative process has "no formula," which probably bodes well when trying to keep up with Big Mouth's zaniness.
Their road to the Netflix series has been a long one. They got their start on YouTube, portraying bizarre characters such as Joyce Conner, a desperate New Yorker struggling in a heatwave. They told Wussy,
I just love melodrama, and I enjoy heightened storylines and dialogue while still delivering genuine performances. It's just that what they're saying is absurd, like 'don't ask for the moon.' Bette Davis, one of the greatest actresses of all time, is still saying it, and it's still connected and real.
Now let's talk about Cole Escola's journey to fame. In New York in 2008, they met fellow comedian Jeffery Self; bonding over a shared love of theater and 1990s sitcoms, they began creating surreal, semi-scripted YouTube videos under the nickname Very Good Looking (VGL) Gay Boys. Escola frequently played the deranged comic shield to Self's straight man in the sketches, which received over 100,000 views and led to coverage in New York magazine and a development deal with Logo TV.
Jeffery & Cole Casserole premiered on Logo on June 19, 2009, and ran for two seasons before being dubbed a cult classic by Vice magazine. Likewise, they also wrote the screenplay for an unproduced comedy about two friends who have to go through a lot to get their free sandwich.
From 2015 to 2017, Escola starred as Matthew in the Hulu television series Difficult People, a role written specifically for them by series creator Julie Klausner. They have guest starred on Mozart in the Jungle, Girlboss, and At Home with Amy Sedaris, where they play Sedaris' neighbor, Chassie Tucker.
Additionally, Cole Escola also appeared as Chip (The Twink) in the HBO Max original Search Party in 2020. In season 4, Chip became a season regular. On the Cartoon Network animated series Craig of the Creek, Escola voiced The Secret Keeper in the episode "Secret in a Bottle." They appeared as a gargoyle in a season three episode of What We Do in the Shadows (TV series) in 2021, alongside Difficult People co-star Julie Klausner.