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Nev Schulman

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Nēv Schulman
Schulman at the Obvious Child premiere in June 2014
Born (1984-09-26) September 26, 1984 (age 39)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materSarah Lawrence College (expelled)
Occupation(s)Producer, photographer, TV host
Known forCatfish
Laura Perlongo
(m. 2017)
RelativesAriel Schulman (brother)

Yaniv "Nēv" Schulman (/ˈnv/ NEEV; born September 26, 1984) is an American TV host and producer. He is best known for the 2010 documentary film Catfish and the follow-up TV series Catfish: The TV Show on MTV of which he is the host and executive producer.

Early life[edit]

Schulman was born in New York City to a Jewish family.[1] He has an older brother Ariel Schulman who is an actor and filmmaker.[2]

Schulman started taking pictures and became involved with photography after having studied dance for five years. He attended Sarah Lawrence College, studying photography and dance from 2004 to 2006. Schulman admitted that he was expelled from Sarah Lawrence College after punching a female student whom he allegedly mistook for male.[3]


At age 19, he and his brother Ariel started a film and photography production company. In 2004, Schulman started photographing dance as he became involved with the contemporary ballet community in New York City. He is a founding member of the Young Leadership Committee for the youth organization, Leave Out Violence.

In 2010, Schulman became the subject of the documentary Catfish, filmed by Ariel and business partner Henry Joost, in which Schulman met and fell in love with a woman he met online. The premise followed Schulman on the journey of falling in love with a woman he meets on the Internet, but later finds out that she may not be exactly who she claimed to be.[4]

In 2012, Schulman became the host and executive producer of the follow-up show Catfish: The TV Show for MTV, with his filmmaking partner Max Joseph, where he introduces couples in real life who have fallen for each other online but have yet to meet.[5] In 2018, production was suspended following an accusation of sexual misconduct. Soon after, upon an investigation, the report of sexual misconduct was found to be "not credible" and the suspension was lifted.[6][7]

Schulman has written a book, In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age (2014).[8] In it, he gives both personal history and observations gleaned from his work on Catfish.[3]

He appeared in the 2018 film Nobody's Fool playing himself together with Max.[9][10]

On September 2, 2020, Schulman was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars.[11] Schulman and his partner Jenna Johnson came in second place to season 29 winner Kaitlyn Bristowe and her partner Artem Chigvintsev.

Personal life[edit]

Schulman met Laura Perlongo via Instagram when he messaged her inviting her for a date on his motorcycle. They dated briefly before he ended things but they soon got back together. It was during this time that Laura got pregnant ‘accidentally on purpose’ with the couple’s first child as she stated in an article she had written.[12] Schulman became engaged to Laura Perlongo on May 26, 2016. Perlongo gave birth to their daughter, Cleo James, on October 21, 2016.[13] On July 22, 2017, Schulman and Perlongo married.[14] On January 9, 2019, Perlongo gave birth to the couple's second child, Beau Bobby Bruce.[15] On September 25, 2021, Perlongo gave birth to the couple's third child, Cy Monroe.[16]


  1. ^ Ziv, Stav (August 30, 2017). "Yellow Stars, Jewish Celebrities and Why Some Say the Protest Trend Needs to Stop". Newsweek.
  2. ^ Milzoff, Rebecca (September 10, 2010). "Can You Believe This?". New York.
  3. ^ a b Roy, Jessica (September 10, 2014). "Sarah Lawrence Student Says Catfish's Nev Schulman Punched Her 'Repeatedly' in the Head in 2006". Vulture.com. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Ramadge, Andrew (February 11, 2011). "The other Catfish twist – Nev Schulman and Angela are still in touch a year later". news.com.au. News Limited. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Radish, Christina (August 7, 2012). "Yaniv "Nev" Schulman Talks CATFISH: THE TV SHOW, Which Chronicles His Trek Around the Country to Document Couples in Online Romances". Collider. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Buckley, Cara (May 17, 2018). "Host of MTV's 'Catfish' Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Allegation". New York Times. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Guglielmi, Jodi (June 25, 2018). "MTV Resumes Production on Catfish, Calls Nev Schulman Sexual Misconduct Claim 'Not Credible'". People. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  8. ^ Schulman, Nev (2014). In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 9781455584284.
  9. ^ "'Nobody's Fool': Even Haddish can't save Perry's latest". Newsday. November 2, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  10. ^ Schulman, Nev (October 7, 2018). "From now on @maxjoseph is no longer the 'Silver Fox', he's the POLAR BEAR!!!". Twitter.
  11. ^ ""Dancing with the Stars" 2020 Celebrity Cast Announced!". ABC.com. September 2, 2020.
  12. ^ Perlongo, Laura (May 11, 2016). "'Pregnant? You're Keeping It? Ew.' and Other Reactions". ATTN. Retrieved October 28, 2022.
  13. ^ Ossad, Jordana (October 21, 2016). "CATFISH CHILD: MEET NEV SCHULMAN'S BABY GIRL". MTV News. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  14. ^ Ossad, Jordana (July 22, 2017). "CATFISH COUPLE: NEV SCHULMAN MARRIES LAURA PERLONGO". MTV News. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  15. ^ Ossad, Jordana (January 10, 2019). "NEV SCHULMAN AND LAURA PERLONGO WELCOME BABY BOY". MTV News. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  16. ^ Ossad, Jordana (September 25, 2021). "NEV SCHULMAN AND LAURA PERLONGO WELCOME THIRD CHILD". MTV News. Retrieved September 25, 2021.

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