An investigative comedian exploring the weirdest and wildest reaches of human knowledge. Host of Adam Ruins Everything on truTV, now streaming on Netflix!
I’ve been an enormous fan of Mark Horvath’s Invisible People for many years; his simple, minimalist interviews with people experiencing homelessness are incredibly empathy generators, putting a human face on the issue and helping the average person connect with people who are so often invisible to us.
That’s why I was incredibly honored to speak about SELAH in Mark’s new YouTube documentary about our work helping our unhoused neighbors:
In SELAH, we do community engagement, checking in on our unhoused neighbors, dropping off food and water, and helping them with other daily needs such as getting ID or registering for housing. When I first started volunteering with SELAH, I was a little intimidated by the idea, but after a year of going out every week, getting to know the folks living outdoors in my neighborhood, and helping them not just survive but make their way into housing, it’s something I can’t imagine not doing.
If you live in LA and want to get involved, visit SELAH’s website to check out our volunteer opportunities, or donate money or resources.
Don’t live in LA? Try doing an engagement in your own community – even just handing out water bottles to your unhoused neighbors and asking “How are you today?” can make a huge difference. The wall that stops us from helping each other is an illusion – your actions can bring it down.
The network didn’t pay to run a “For Your Consideration” Emmy campaign this year, so I did it myself:
I was interviewed in Vulture about the project, in which I explain why I felt I had to do it:
We did a whole segment about how the awards system is bullshit. It’s not based on talent or how good the work is, and I know that, but that doesn’t mean I get to not care about it. Because if any of my crew received a nomination, it would change our careers. My cinematographer — Matt Garrett, who’s incredible — we submitted for Best Cinematography in a Nonfiction Show. I think it’s some of the best cinematography in a nonfiction hosted show. Our costume team, they do elaborate period costumes that we put onscreen for like two minutes to make a silly point about Queen Victoria or whatever, and they do that on a day when they’re dressing 20 other people. Our hair team’s doing period hair. Our makeup team does prosthetics. We try to make it really beautiful for our fans. All those people on our staff, if any one of those people could say “Emmy-nominated” before their name the next time they’re applying for a job, that means a lot to them, to their careers, to how much money they make, and their longevity in the industry. So for both myself and for them, we gotta try! But we have to try in the context of this completely fucked-up system where we have almost no power.
If you’re an Emmy voter, please consider Adam Ruins Everything.
Ask and you shall receive — season two of my game developer interview podcast Humans Who Make Games is out now! This season features game creators like Kim Swift (Portal), Anna Megill (Control), Alx Preston (Hyper Light Drifter), and Alex Beachum (Outer Wilds). Whether you love video games or just love hearing creative people talk about their art and process, I think you’re going to love this season.
First up, we have a live episode recorded at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. My guests for this episode were the incredibly funny comic and gamer Ron Funches, and Assassin’s Creed Creative Director Jean Guesdon. This conversation was incredibly fun – hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed having it.
Take a listen – new episodes out weekly!
The Crystal Maze is now airing on Nickelodeon every Friday night at 7pm / 6c. “But I don’t have cable!” you cry. Well, you are in luck: the network has, in its infinite wisdom, seen fit to post the entire first episode on YouTube:
Tune in every week to watch me lead a new hyperactive family through a labyrinth of
deadly traps devious challenges.
I am wildly excited to announce that I am the host and Maze Master of Nickelodeon’s new game show, 💎 The Crystal Maze 💎! I grew up on Nick game shows, so no gig could be cooler to me than leading jumpsuited families through a series of fiendish puzzles and messy challenges. Watch it January 24th at 7pm on Nickelodeon!
Playboy asked me to write an essay on the topic of “My Pleasure” for their Fall 2019 issue. I wrote about how life is pain, pleasure sucks, and what we should all pursue instead.