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This page is about the actor. For the character from the "Liam's Quest" special episodes, see Sam Riegel (character).

Sam Riegel is voice actor and a member of the main cast of Critical Role. He plays Fresh Cut Grass in Campaign Three.

In previous campaigns, Sam played Scanlan Shorthalt, Taryon Darrington and Veth Brenatto. He has also been the Dungeon Master for several special episodes.

Critical Role Productions


Before Critical Role began, Sam and his close friend Liam created a podcast called allworknoplay, with the intention to get more fun into their busy schedules. For Liam's birthday they planned to play Dungeons & Dragons with some friends and shared their experience on the podcast. Towards the end of All Work No Play's second episode, the two of them talked about getting ready for the upcoming "one-time" D&D game. Sam asked Liam what was the worst character to play as, and Liam suggested a gnome. Sam talked about being a bard in the podcast, which would suit him due to his background in music both from college and his help in writing show ideas for The Voice.

Sam recorded a few short clips of the pre-stream Critical Role game. These clips can be found on his vine page.

Main campaigns

As Scanlan the bard, he was known for improvising songs on the fly. Examples include: "I think you're really handsome and nice! You're going to have inspiration dice!" He often pulled songs from pop culture and modified their lyrics, as in, "Here's a little song I wrote! It's filled with inspiration, note for note. Don't fuck up. Or I'll kill you."[1] Sam later wrote the lyrics of Campaign Two's theme, Your Turn To Roll, and Campaign Three's theme It's Thursday Night.

Sam became the first player in the Critical Role canon to introduce a second player character when Scanlan Shorthalt left Vox Machina, to be replaced by Taryon Darrington in "A Bard's Lament" (1x85). He would later reprise his role as Scanlan in "Masquerade" (1x99), leaving Tary behind in "Thar Amphala" (1x101).

Sam as BlackWillow73

Early on, it became Sam's job to read sponsorship announcements at the beginning of episodes, and he quickly became creative with them, coming up with dozens of bits. He often sings jingles, dresses up in costumes, or performs strange feats to entertain the audience, with the actual sponsorship often simply thrown into them. He sometimes enlists other cast members to participate. Some of these bits are recurring and even have their own lore, like the Nord VPN ads, which spawned The Nordverse.

One of Sam's most iconic bits was his campaign to be elected as President of D&D Beyond, which became a recurring event over several episodes. During the sponsorship section, he gave campaign speeches and invited viewers to vote for him on election day. Eventually, Sam lost the election of 69th President of D&D Beyond to his campaign rival, Liam O'Brien. However, in a twist ending, he accepted Liam's "proposal" to become the the first ever co-presidents of D&D Beyond. They were then told that there is no such thing as President of D&D Beyond. A fan-made compilation of the race can be found here.

Easter eggs

Sam's flask

Giant Drinkware
Sam's most iconic running gag is his gigantic drinkware. During Campaign One, he drank from a massive tankard, and taped stickers, pictures and text to the bottom that could be seen while he tipped it back to drink. However, while he played Taryon, he used a normal sized stein. Similarly, he acquired several giant flasks from fans during Campaign Two, in reference to the Flask of Perpetual Booze, and also taped jokes to it. He even taped objects to it, like a spinning wheel and a basketball hoop. During the premiere of Campaign Three, Sam unveiled his new giant drinkware: a gas rusty canister with a blackboard on which he can write in chalk. Critrole Stats has compiled a gallery of Sam's mugs, flasks and cans for every episode. Sam has stated that he never washed his mug or his flask and that drinking from them tastes kind of weird.

Shirt Gag
In the "Clash at Daxio" (1x77) of the first campaign, Sam wore his first t-shirt with one of Matt's awkward faces on it, which would become a recurring theme in this and the next campaign. Matt took his revenge in "The Stalking Nightmare" (2x29), wearing the variant of the shirt but with Sam's face. Sam also began wearing shirts with embarrassing old pictures of the rest of the cast, starting with "Solace Between the Secrets" (2x118).

During the second campaign, Sam had started the new shirt bit — he has worn every shirt he wore in Campaign One in the same order, with a few exceptions. Critrole Stats has compiled a gallery of all of Sam's shirts. He finally completed the bit during "Devoutness and Dicks" (2x107), when he wore the shirt from the campaign one finale. Sam restarted this bit in the third campaign.

The Legend of Vox Machina

Sam is an executive producer for The Legend of Vox Machina. He also wrote original songs for his character Scanlan with the help of his brother in law, Peter Habib.

Player characters

See also: Player characters played by Sam Riegel

Main campaigns

One-shots and miniseries

Games played as game master

Other works

→ See also: Sam's IMDb profile
Sam appeared in the musical Les Misérables as Gavroche when he was a child. He began doing voice acting in 2001, and is best know for his roles as Donatello in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series and as Phoenix Wright in the Ace Attorney video game series.

Sam is a prolific a voice director and has worked on several series, such as Fallout New Vegas, Elena of Avalor and Ducktales. In 2018, he received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program for his work on Danger & Eggs. He is also a writer and musician.

Personal life

Sam Riegel, wearing the shirt from "Race to the Tower" (1x102).[art 14]

Sam is married to Quyen Tran, an independent filmmaker. They have two children.

On September 11, 2001, Sam and his wife Quyen witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center. They lived in an apartment nearby.


  • Sam Rie-Gel
  • Sam Seagull
  • Spam Peehole
  • Jean Claude Van Sam Fecal
  • Slam Creedskull
  • Sham Beagle
  • Stan Smeagol
  • A Tad Evil
  • Uncle Sam's Eagle
  • Scram People
  • Scammin' Green Girl
  • Scamming Isn't Legal
  • Playing Small People
  • Flask Refill
  • Good Goblin is Nott Evil
  • Boomstick Non-Lethal

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  1. Photograph of Sam Riegel for Variety, by Robyn Von Swank (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official portrait by Kit Buss
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  4. Official portrait by Ari
  5. Official portrait by Hannah Friederichs
  6. Official portrait by Kendra Wells
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  9. Official portrait by Joana Carvalho
  10. Official portrait by Kendra Wells
  11. Official portrait by Joana Carvalho
  12. Official portrait by Hugo Cardenas
  13. Official portrait by Category:Art by Hannah Friederichs
  14. Sam Riegel on Twitter: "#shirtception continues...". June 22, 2017.