Dave Rubin

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Dave Rubin
Dave Rubin during a live Rubin Report taping at Politicon in Los Angeles, October 2015..png
Rubin during a taping of The Rubin Report at Politicon in 2015.
Born David Joshua Rubin
(1976-06-26) June 26, 1976 (age 40)
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence West Hollywood, California, U.S.
Alma mater Binghamton University
Occupation Comedian, Talk Show Host, Blogger, Radio Personality, Television Personality
Years active 1998–present
Known for The Rubin Report, The Six Pack
Spouse(s) David Janet (m. 2015)
Website www.rubinreport.com

David Joshua "Dave" Rubin (born June 26, 1976)[1] is an American political commentator, comedian, talk show host, and television personality.

He is the creator and host of political talk show The Rubin Report, formerly part of Ora TV[2] and The Young Turks Network.[3] He previously hosted the The Six Pack podcast and radio show on Sirius XM Radio.[4]

Rubin is known for his political satire and political commentary. He self-identifies as a classical liberal[5] and targets many topics including political correctness, free speech, politics, mass media, religion, foreign affairs, and the ideological split between liberalism and progressivism.[6] He has been influential in popularizing the phrase "regressive left."[7]

Early life[edit]

Dave Rubin was born in Brooklyn, New York City, spent his adolescence in Syosset, New York, and resided for 13 years on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, New York City.[8][9][10] He is of Jewish descent and the oldest of three siblings.

In 1994, Rubin graduated from Syosset High School. In 1998, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Binghamton University, in Vestal, New York.[11]


Stand-up comedy[edit]

In 1998, Dave 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.[12]

In 2000, he "propelled his stand-up comic career from the honing grounds of The Comedy Cellar."[13] Later that year he teamed up with a band of fellow Comedy Cellar alumni 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.[14]

In 2002, he co-founded several successful 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.[8]

He has continued to perform stand-up in New York City and Los Angeles at comedy clubs including Carolines on Broadway and The Laugh Factory.[15]


Following his success in the comedy scene, he was the host of two popular podcasts, Hot Gay Comics and The Ben and Dave Show. Both podcasts were turned into a television series on the here! television network.[16]

In May 2009, Rubin co-created and co-hosted a new podcast called The Six Pack, which went on to become a top podcast on iTunes.[17] In October 2011, The Six Pack was picked up by Sirius XM Radio and began its run as a live talk show until its end in December 2012.[18] While on The Six Pack, Dave interviewed comedians including Rosie O'Donnell, Richard Lewis, Joy Behar, Lisa Lampanelli, and Margaret Cho. In June 2016 he also appeared on the popular podcast hosted by TJ Kirk, The Drunken Peasants.[19]


In January 2013, Rubin left radio and began his television career. He was offered his own politics and current events talk show, The Rubin Report, on The Young Turks Network and moved from New York City to Los Angeles, California.[20]

In 2014, while still hosting The Rubin Report, Rubin also hosted The Golden Girls Ultimate Fan Club, a weekly web-series on Logo TV.[21]

In 2015, Rubin moved his show The Rubin Report from The Young Turks Network to RYOT News which "provided him with a great opportunity".[22] Shortly after, Larry King's Ora TV picked up the show which debuted on September 9, 2015.[2]

In an interview with author Sam Harris on The Rubin Report, Rubin cited Cenk Uygur's heated criticism of Sam Harris as having "a good amount to do with why I left" The Young Turks.[23]


On The Rubin Report, Rubin identifies as a classical liberal,[24] and speaks out against elements within the progressive movement, which he refers to as the "regressive left", a term coined by British activist, author, columnist and politician Maajid Nawaz.[25] Dave has stated that "regressives are the left's version of the tea party,"[26] and that the phrase "Regressive Left" also applies to people on the left who "use illiberal tactics such as lying about and smearing their opponents to promote their cause."[27]

Rubin is an advocate for free speech and is against political correctness. In an appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, Rubin said that he believes in having discussions about ideas without going on the attack and said he also believes that people, in general, should be judged on an individual basis.[6]

On August 17, 2016, Rubin endorsed Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson,[28] saying that although he disagrees with the Libertarian Party on many issues, it would be helpful to have their voice in mainstream politics. As the election drew closer in late September, and October, Dave Rubin sought to distance himself from Gary Johnson, and partially withdrew his endorsement. This reconsideration occurred after several prominent gaffes by Johnson. Dave Rubin commented, "I feel that Gary Johnson at least owes me a nice dinner for trying...", as well as "I tried with Gary Johnson, I really did."[29][30] On January 19, 2017, Rubin revealed that he had, in fact, voted for Johnson.[31] Rubin announced leaving the Left as outlined in a Prager University video published on YouTube Feb 6 2017.[32]


In 2012, Rubin appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News to debate Bill O'Reilly on the Chick-fil-A same-sex marriage controversy.[33] He appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore in June 2015 on Comedy Central where he sarcastically "outed"[clarification needed] the Republican presidential candidates.[34]

Rubin is a regular guest on Dr. Drew On Call (HLN), and has appeared on Larry King Now, The Joy Behar Show (HLN), The Young Turks (Current TV), Geraldo Rivera Radio (KABC (AM)), HuffPost Live, and The Joe Rogan Experience.[citation needed]


In 2013, Rubin was nominated by LA Weekly for Funniest Twitter.[35][36] His tweets bring humor and attention to political issues and have been featured in Time magazine,[37] Politico,[38] AOL,[39] and Salon.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Dave Rubin publicly came out as gay in 2006.[41] In December 2014, he announced his engagement to producer David Janet,[42] and the couple married on August 27, 2015.[43] Rubin is an atheist.[44]


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  2. ^ a b Beatrice Verhoeven. "Dave Rubin's 'Rubin Report' Joins Larry King's Ora TV (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  3. ^ Jeff Klima. "The Young Turks Add Dave Rubin & Cara Santa Maria To Their Network". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  4. ^ Paul Hagen. "The Six Pack". Metrosource. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/RubinReport/status/807118409045397504
  6. ^ a b "Joe Rogan Experience #713 - Dave Rubin". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Maajid Nawaz and Dave Rubin Discuss the Regressive Left & Political Correctness [Full Interview]". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  8. ^ a b Josh Abraham. "Dave Rubin, Comedian". Gothamist. Retrieved 2005-07-12. 
  9. ^ "Dave Rubin". Stand Up NY. 
  10. ^ "David Rubin in Syosset, NY". Intelius. 
  11. ^ "Binghamton university listed as "David J. Rubin"". Harpur.binghamton.edu. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  12. ^ "Check out @NightlyShow Tonight.". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  13. ^ Awl Sponsors. "Funny Guy Dave Rubin Answers Our Questions". The Awl. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  14. ^ Jason Gay. "NBC's Top-Secret Show". New York Observer. Retrieved 2002-11-25. 
  15. ^ The Laugh Factory. "Charity Event - Stand Up for Trevor". Laugh Factory. Retrieved 2012-05-30. 
  16. ^ Wheat, Alynda (2008-03-14). "What to Watch". Entertainment Weekly. 
  17. ^ Brent Hartinger. "Interview: The Six Pack". The Backlot. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  18. ^ "The Six Pack". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  19. ^ "The Drunken Peasants". 
  20. ^ Paul Hagen. "Post-Six". Metrosource. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  21. ^ "Logo TV launches The Golden Girls Ultimate Fan Club". New Now Next. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  22. ^ "YouTube". 
  23. ^ "Sam Harris and Dave Rubin Talk Religion, Politics, Free Speech (Full Interview)". OraTV. Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  24. ^ "Milo Yiannopoulos and Dave Rubin Discuss Gay Rights and Cultural Libertarians". Ora TV. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  25. ^ "Maajid Nawaz on Sam Harris and the Regressive Left". Ora TV. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  26. ^ "Dave Rubin Talks About the Regressive Left". Ora TV. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  27. ^ "Regressive Left". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  28. ^ "Dave Rubin: Who I'm Supporting For President". The Rubin Report, via YouTube. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  29. ^ https://twitter.com/rubinreport/status/773893386558328832?lang=en
  30. ^ https://twitter.com/rubinreport/status/779350850086969344
  31. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X9cingvQWw
  32. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiVQ8vrGA_8
  33. ^ "Dave Rubin Talks 'Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day' With Bill O'Reilly (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  34. ^ "Evan Young's Graduation Speech & TSA Failures". Comedy Central. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  35. ^ Ali Trachta. "L.A. Weekly Web Awards 2013: Time to Vote!". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  36. ^ Ali Trachta. "L.A. Weekly Poll". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  37. ^ Madison Gray (2012-06-28). "The 13 Best Tweets About The Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling". TIME Magazine. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  38. ^ Patrick gavin. "Paul Ryan fishes for laughs with tweet". Politico. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  39. ^ Andrew Tavani. "Twitter in the News". AOL. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  40. ^ Sarah Gray. "Colbert replacing Letterman makes Twitter explode: Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and more respond". Salon. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  41. ^ "Funny Guy Dave Rubin Answers Our Questions". The Awl. Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  42. ^ "'Rubin Report' Host Reveals Some Very Big News". Huffington Post. 2014-12-23. 
  43. ^ "Oh, we got married the other day. No Biggie.". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-12-23. 
  44. ^ "Dave Rubin, the Voice of Liberals Who Were Mugged by Progressives". 

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