Dave Rubin

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Dave Rubin
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David Joshua Rubin

(1976-06-26) June 26, 1976 (age 44)
EducationBinghamton University (BA)
OccupationTalk show host, blogger, radio personality, television personality, YouTube personality
Years active1998–present
Known forThe Rubin Report
Classical Liberalism
David Janet
(m. 2015)
YouTube information
Years active2012–present
Subscribers1.5 million
Total views343.4 million
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Updated: July 19, 2020

David Joshua Rubin (born June 26, 1976) is an American political commentator, YouTube personality, and talk show host. He is the creator and host of The Rubin Report, a political talk show on YouTube and the network BlazeTV. Launched in 2013, his show was originally part of TYT Network, until he left in 2015, in part due to widening ideological differences. Previously, Rubin hosted LGBT-themed talk shows, including The Ben and Dave Show from 2007 to 2008 and The Six Pack from 2009 to 2012, both of which he co-hosted with Ben Harvey.

Rubin is generally described as a conservative or a libertarian. Rubin has described himself as a classical liberal.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Rubin was born on June 26, 1976 in Brooklyn, New York, New York.[4] He grew up in a "fairly secular Jewish household on Long Island".[5] He spent his adolescence in Syosset, New York, and then he resided on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for thirteen years.[6] He attended Binghamton University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science.[7]


Rubin during a taping of The Rubin Report at Politicon in 2015

In 1998, Rubin started his career in comedy doing stand-up and attending open-mics in New York City. In 1999, he became an intern at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[8][better source needed]

In 2000, Rubin continued his career at the New York City–based Comedy Cellar.[9] Later that year he joined with other Comedy Cellar comedians to create a public-access television series, a news program parody called The Anti-Show which was secretly filmed at NBC Studios in 30 Rockefeller Plaza.[10]

In 2002, he co-founded several New York City–based comedy clubs, including Joe Franklin's Comedy Club and The Comedy Company in Times Square, where he continued to do stand-up until 2007.[6]

He was the host of the podcasts, Hot Gay Comics and The Ben and Dave Show, which were turned into a television series on the here! television network.[11] In May 2009, Rubin co-created and co-hosted the podcast The Six Pack.[12][13] From October 2011 to December 2012, The Six Pack was on Sirius XM Radio as a live talk show.[14] While a part of Sirius XM, Rubin created his own account on YouTube called "Rubin Report" in early September 2012.

Political commentary[edit]

Rubin in a panel discussion with Jordan Peterson and John Anderson in Sydney, Australia, February 2019.

Rubin describes himself as a classical liberal due to holding more conservative and libertarian views than most modern liberals.[1][2][3][15][16] He cites his support for same-sex marriage, criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization, a social safety net, and public schooling as exemplifying his liberal views; albeit conditionally, he also favors the individual's right to an abortion. In 2017, he starred in a video by the conservative YouTube channel PragerU where he explained "Why I Left the Left". He has characterized progressivism as a "mental disorder".[17][18] He has self-described as part of the "intellectual dark web".[19]

Rubin frequently appears as a speaker at events hosted by Turning Point USA, a conservative student organization. When asked in July 2017 about Trump policies he disagreed with, he criticized Trump's use of executive orders. Asked in January 2018 about what he disagreed with the right on, he stated that there was "a bit of a religious tone with the right".[18]

Rubin has been a podcast guest on The Joe Rogan Experience,[20][21] Coffee with Scott Adams,[22][23] The Ben Shapiro Show.[24]

Rubin's book Don't Burn This Book was published in April 2020 by Sentinel.[25] It made The New York Times Best Seller list,[26] but was critically panned.[27][28][29][30]

In October 2020, Rubin said he had "been a lifelong Democrat", but would be voting for a Republican president for the first time.[31]

The Rubin Report[edit]

In January 2013, Rubin joined The Young Turks, where he hosted the show The Rubin Report. He moved from New York City to Los Angeles, California.[32][33] On March 1, 2015, The Young Turks YouTube channel announced that Rubin would be moving to the media company RYOT. Shortly after, Larry King's Ora TV picked up the show which debuted on September 9, 2015.[34] He left Ora TV in 2016, opting to run The Rubin Report independently.[18] By May 2019, The Rubin Report YouTube channel had 200 million views.[35] In 2019, The Rubin Report became available on BlazeTV, a conservative subscription video service run by Glenn Beck.[36]

Platform usage[edit]

Critics have accused Rubin of providing a platform for individuals considered political extremists, such as self-described New Right figure Paul Joseph Watson, Great Replacement conspiracy theorist Lauren Southern, white nationalist Stefan Molyneux, and far-right activist Tommy Robinson.[18][37] A 2018 report from Data & Society described Rubin as part of a network on YouTube that amplified far-right politics.[2][17][38][unreliable source?] The report cited as an example an interview that Rubin conducted with Stefan Molyneux in which Rubin asked Molyneux to elaborate on his views that races have different average IQ test results and that these differences are genetic.[39][unreliable source?] The report held that Rubin did not challenge Molyneux in any substantial way, concluding, "By letting him speak without providing a legitimate and robust counterargument, Rubin provides a free platform for white supremacist ideology on his channel."[38][39][unreliable source?] According to Anthony Fisher, a journalist at The Daily Beast, Rubin has implied or stated that Paul Joseph Watson, Stefan Molyneux and Mike Cernovich are part of "a new political center" and, in a 2016 livestream, said "the alt-right as a shitposting, fun, call out the bullshit, mock-the-power thing is amazing", adding "there's nothing funny coming out on the left now... [.]"[18]


The Rubin Report has an affiliation with the libertarian Institute for Humane Studies, a Koch family foundations–funded organization which sponsors an episode of his show per month.[40][19][41] Until late 2018, Rubin received much of his funding through Patreon,[42] a crowdfunding site on which Rubin said he received over $10,000 per month prior to deletion.[43] Rubin and Jordan Peterson announced their intent to leave the platform following Sargon of Akkad's ban, which they described as an assault on free speech. In a video shortly thereafter, the two announced their interest in developing an independent, free speech oriented crowdfunding site. Peterson started Thinkspot, and Rubin co-created locals.com.[44][45][46][42]

Personal life[edit]

Rubin publicly came out as gay in 2006, which he has referred to as his "defining moment".[47][48] In December 2014, he became engaged to producer David Janet.[49] The couple married on August 27, 2015.[50] He once described himself as an agnostic[51] or an atheist,[52] but he has since said that he was no longer an atheist in December 2019.[53]


  • Don't Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in the Age of Unreason. (2020) McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 9780771073496


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  51. ^ LIVE: Dave is Back from 30 Days with No News, Internet, or Phone! (video). September 5, 2017. Event occurs at 52:12 – 55:57, 58:18 -59:25 – via YouTube.
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