I’m very happy to finally be able to share this news: I’m creating a new comedy series for Netflix about the federal government. It’s called The G Word, and we’re producing it in collaboration with Higher Ground. We’ve been hard at work on the show for quite awhile, but there’s no release date yet; that being said, I’m incredibly excited for it and I can’t wait to share it with you.
As many have speculated, this does in fact mean that Adam Ruins Everything is over, and that our last season finale was also our series finale. I’m so proud of what we accomplished on ARE, but it was time to take on a new challenge and prove we could tell even bigger stories. I want to thank truTV for taking a chance on me, but more importantly, I want to thank our amazing team. Adam Ruins Everything is the show it is because hundreds of writers, researchers, directors, art directors, propmasters, editors, DPs, PAs, and more put their creative all into it. It was the privilege of my life to be carried atop their shoulders.
And one final bit of news: For those who have been asking when all of Adam Ruins Everything will finally be available on streaming, the answer is right now! As of today, all 65 episodes of ARE are streaming on HBO Max. This includes the mid-season “Re-Animated History” mini-series, and the epide I’m most proud of, our season finale. Feel free to binge the cold winter away in the light of unwanted knowledge!
Thank you to everyone who supported Adam Ruins Everything over the years; I’m so excited to take these next steps with you.
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.
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.
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!