Smithtown, New York, U.S.
|Education||Shoreham-Wading River High School|
|Alma mater||Bard College|
|Occupation||Comedian, Writer, and Show Host|
|Known for||Adam Ruins Everything, BoJack Horseman|
|Home town||Wading River, New York, U.S.|
Adam Conover (born March 2) 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.
Adam Conover was born in Smithtown, New York, and grew up in Wading River. His parents are David O. Conover, a marine biologist, and Margaret Conover (née Howard), a botanist. 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." In 2000, he graduated from Shoreham-Wading River High School, where he became interested in the performing arts. He then attended Bard College, where, in 2002, he became an active member of the sketch comedy group Olde English. In 2004, he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Bard College.
In 2012, Conover began working as a sketch comedy writer for the comedy website CollegeHumor and on CollegeHumor's YouTube channel, where he eventually created the web series that would go on to become Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV. His show aims to reveal untold and hidden facts about everyday goods and services, and to dispel common misconceptions. 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." In March 2016, he gave a talk at a marketing conference arguing, among other things, that millennials don't really exist while in 2018, Conover was the headliner of the first night of the annual CSICon conference for skeptics. He currently works in Los Angeles.
Conover was once a roommate of BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg in New York City. He is a teetotaler, having quit drinking in early 2018. His long-term partner is illustrator Lisa Hanawalt, to whom he was introduced by Bob-Waksberg.
George Hrab and Adam Conover CSICon
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