Adam Conover

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Adam Conover
Adam Conover photograph.jpg
BornMarch 2
EducationShoreham-Wading River High School
Alma materBard College
OccupationComedian, Writer, and Show Host
Known forAdam Ruins Everything, BoJack Horseman
Home townWading River, New York, U.S.

Adam Conover (born March 2)[1] is an American comedian, writer, and television host. He is the creator and host of the half-hour truTV show Adam Ruins Everything, which is based on the CollegeHumor series of the same name.[2]

Early life[edit]

Members of the sketch comedy group Olde English. From left to right: Ben Popik, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, David Segal, Caleb Bark, and Adam Conover.

Adam Conover was born in Smithtown, New York,[3] and grew up in Wading River.[4] His parents are David O. Conover, a marine biologist,[5] and Margaret Conover (née Howard), a botanist.[3][4][5] He also has a younger sister, Emily, who holds a PhD in particle physics and is a science reporter, which has led him to describe himself as "the only member of the family without a Ph.D."[6] In 2000, he graduated from Shoreham-Wading River High School, where he became interested in the performing arts.[7] He then attended Bard College, where, in 2002, he became an active member of the sketch comedy group Olde English.[8] In 2004,[9] he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Bard College.[4]


In 2012, Conover began working as a sketch comedy writer for the comedy website CollegeHumor and on CollegeHumor's YouTube channel,[10] where he eventually created the web series that would go on to become Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV.[4][11] His show aims to reveal untold and hidden facts about everyday goods and services, and to dispel common misconceptions.[12] The first episode of the truTV version premiered on September 29, 2015. Conover has said his character in the show is a comedic interpretation of the person he worries he once was and/or is. As he told the New York Observer, "It’s the reaction I’ve gotten my whole life: that I learn something and try to tell people in conversation, but when I tell them, they are annoyed."[13] In March 2016, he gave a talk at a marketing conference arguing, among other things, that millennials don't really exist[14] while in 2018, Conover was the headliner of the first night of the annual CSICon conference for skeptics.[15] He currently works in Los Angeles.[16]

He also voice acts several characters in the animated BoJack Horseman Netflix series, including A Ryan Seacrest-Type, one of the Paparazzi Birds, and Bradley Hitler-Smith.[4][17]

Personal life[edit]

Conover was once a roommate of BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg in New York City.[18] He is a teetotaler, having quit drinking in early 2018.[19] His long-term partner is illustrator Lisa Hanawalt, to whom he was introduced by Bob-Waksberg.[18]


  1. ^ "Twitter".
  2. ^ Lloyd, Robert (26 September 2015). "TV Picks: 'Late Show,' 'My Brother's Bomber,' 'Adam Ruins Everything'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Barkley, Giselle (24 September 2015). "North Shore native ready to 'ruin' truTV". The Times Beacon Record. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e Lovece, Frank (28 September 2015). "'Adam Ruins Everything': LI's Adam Conover creates witty truTV humor series". Newsday. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b Champagne, Christine (29 September 2015). "Spoiler Alert: Adam Conover Hilariously Dispels All Your Beliefs To Teach You a Lesson". Fast Company. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  6. ^ Weissmueller, Zach (21 February 2016). "What You Think You Know Is Wrong". Reason. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  7. ^ Smith, Nicole (8 October 2015). "Watch as this Shoreham-Wading River grad 'Ruins Everything'". Riverhead News-Review. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  8. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (24 October 2016). "Adam Conover Turns a Skeptical Eye to the Presidential Campaign". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "The Exquisite Corpse Project". Bard College. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  10. ^ "CollegeHumor". YouTube.
  11. ^ Susan, Gerbic (29 August 2018). "Adam Does Not Ruin Everything—FACT!". Skeptical Inquirer. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  12. ^ Hendrickson, Paula (2017-06-07). "TruTV's 'Adam Ruins Everything' Promotes Facts in the Age of Fakery". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  13. ^ Grant, Drew (29 September 2015). "'Adam Ruins Everything' Creator Adam Conover on Making Difficult Truths Into Comedy". The Observer. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  14. ^ Singer, Sarah (21 March 2016). "This Comedian Just Obliterated All Stereotypes About Millennials in One Presentation". Mic. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  15. ^ Fidalgo, Paul (2019). "Parasites and modern mind control". Skeptical Inquirer. 43 (2): 15.
  16. ^ "Adam Conover". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  17. ^ Conover, Adam (2017-05-02). "Yep! I also play Bradley Hitler-Smith, aka Ethan from Horsin' Around!". @adamconover. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
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  19. ^ "Adam Conover Of 'Adam Ruins Everything' Is Loving RSS Feeds Again". 23 April 2018.

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