Brian first appeared in the announcement portion of "Where the Cards Fall" (1x75) to announce the first four episodes of Talks Machina, a talk show hosted by himself and co-produced with Dani Carr. The first episode of Talks Machina aired on November 15, 2016 and would go on to air every Tuesday, first on Geek & Sundry, then on the Critical Role Twitch and Youtube channels. The show ceased production temporarily during the COVID-19 Hiatus, from March through September of 2020. From 15 September 2020 onwards, it returned in a new, bi-weekly, pre-recorded and socially distant format. Brian remained its host until "Talks Machina #161: Discussing up to C2E139 - Rebirth" (TMx161), the last time a Campaign Two episode was discussed. He hosted "Talks Machina: Campaign Wrap-up" (Sx31), a special four-hour episode discussing all of Campaign One, and appeared in "Critical Role Campaign 2 Wrap Up" (Sx56) doing pre-recorded interviews with the campaign's guest stars.
Brian and Ivan Van Norman created UnDeadwood, which Brian also GM'd. Undeadwood is the first miniseries produced by Critical Role, with a total of four episodes airing in fall 2018. The miniseries used the Deadlands: Reloaded setting for the Savage Worlds RPG system.
Between the Sheets, a one-on-one talk show, launched in September 2018 with Brian as the host and producer. He sat down with the Critical Role cast members and several other guests to discuss their life and experiences. Each episode was concluded by a short segment where Brian explained how to make the beverage chosen by the guest to drink during the interview.
In February 2019, Brian debuted as co-host of Travis Willingham's Yee-Haw Game Ranch alongside the titular Travis Willingham. The two of them played video games together and were frequently interrupted by puppet characters, played by Critical Role staff and cast members, to reveal the lore of the Gameverse. The puppets called Travis "the chosen one", while Brian was roundly insulted and belittled, sometimes quite harshly. Beginning 21 April 2020, due to the hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the show was re-named "Yee-Haw Off the Ranch" and instead featured Ashley Johnson as Brian's co-host, with the show being filmed from their home.
Brian also appeared as a player in "Critical Role: Bar Room Blitz" (Sx21), "Trinket's Honey Heist" (Sx27), "Honey Heist 2: Electric Beargaloo" (Sx35) and "Critical Role and the Club of Misfits" (Sx38).
Brian's Player Characters
- Kingston LaForge ("Critical Role: Bar Room Blitz" (Sx21))
- Liam Las Vegas ("Trinket's Honey Heist" (Sx27) and "Honey Heist 2: Electric Beargaloo" (Sx35))
- Brian ("Critical Role and the Club of Misfits" (Sx38))
→ See also: Brian's IMDb profile
Brian is a writer, poet, and singer/songwriter. He is the author of Blackened White, a best-selling series of short stories and poetry released in 2012. His first EP of original music titled Odessa was released the following year.
Brian plays a home game of Dungeons & Dragons, with a group that includes Critical Role regulars Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Will Friedle. The game also includes his close friend Logic, who appeared on Between the Sheets.
- Brian is often made fun of by members of the cast as a running joke, and Brian himself feeds into this constantly. Common jokes include the facts that he smells like a cabbage, is kept locked in a cage between appearances, and is a generally unpleasant person.
- In an episode of State of the Role where Marisha gave a video tour of the new Critical Role studio, Brian appeared inside a locked metal cage used for storing equipment. Marisha gave him water through the bars, acting like he was an animal in a cage.
- On Talks Machina, Brian liked to "#ThankMyGuests" with names that are either mispronounced or wordplay that sounds close to their names. He also did the same when crediting himself. Here are the names Brian used for himself:
- See Ashley and Brian's engagement annoucement on Instagram.