Rubin during a taping of The Rubin Report at Politicon in 2015.
|Born||David Joshua Rubin
June 26, 1976
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|
|Known for||The Rubin Report, The Six Pack|
|Spouse(s)||David Janet (m. 2015)|
David Joshua "Dave" Rubin (born June 26, 1976) 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 and The Young Turks Network. He previously hosted the The Six Pack podcast and radio show on Sirius XM Radio.
Rubin is known for his political satire and political commentary. He self-identifies as a classical liberal and targets many topics including political correctness, free speech, politics, mass media, religion, foreign affairs, and the ideological split between liberalism and progressivism. He has been influential in popularizing the phrase "regressive left."
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. He is of Jewish descent and the oldest of three siblings.
In 2000, he "propelled his stand-up comic career from the honing grounds of The Comedy Cellar." 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
In 2015, Rubin moved his show The Rubin Report from The Young Turks Network to RYOT News which "provided him with a great opportunity". Shortly after, Larry King's Ora TV picked up the show which debuted on September 9, 2015.
On The Rubin Report, Rubin identifies as a classical liberal, 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. Dave has stated that "regressives are the left's version of the tea party," 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."
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.
On August 17, 2016, Rubin endorsed Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, 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." On January 19, 2017, Rubin revealed that he had, in fact, voted for Johnson. Rubin announced leaving the Left as outlined in a Prager University video published on YouTube Feb 6 2017.
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. 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.
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.
In 2013, Rubin was nominated by LA Weekly for Funniest Twitter. His tweets bring humor and attention to political issues and have been featured in Time magazine, Politico, AOL, and Salon.
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