Orny Adams

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Orny Adams
Birth nameAdam Jason Orenstein
Born (1970-11-10) November 10, 1970 (age 49)
Lexington, Massachusetts
Mediumstand-up, television

Orny Adams (born Adam Jason Orenstein[1] on 10 November 1970) is an American actor, comedy writer and stand-up comic.[2] He is best known for his role as Coach Bobby Finstock for the MTV series Teen Wolf.

Early life[edit]

Adams was born in Lexington, Massachusetts.[1] He was raised in a Conservative Judaism household, and at summers he attended Camp Tel Noar in nearby New Hampshire.[3] He has two sisters. In 2018, Adams and his family visited Israel for the first time.[3]

He graduated from Lexington High School in 1989, then earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University in 1993, majoring in political science and philosophy.[1]


Adams has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[4] He is featured in the 2002 documentary Comedian starring Jerry Seinfeld.[5]

Adams' comedy DVD/CD, Path of Most Resistance, was released on November 10, 2006.[1][4] On October 29, 2010, Adams' one-hour comedy special, Orny Adams Takes The Third premiered on Comedy Central. On December 1, 2017 Adams' third comedy special Orny Adams More than Loud premiered on Showtime.[6]

In 2007 CBS Television Distribution and Yahoo! announced a development deal with Ashton Kutcher’s production company Katalyst for Tube, which was to have been hosted by Adams and featured viral videos, comedy bits and sketches.[7] In 2011, Adams was cast as Coach Bobby Finstock for the MTV series Teen Wolf.[8] It was originally announced that he would not be returning to the show beyond season 5 to focus more on his comedy, but would return for the last ten episodes of season 5.[8][9][10] However, he ended up reprising the role in several episodes of season 6, even appearing in the series' final episode.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Comedian Himself Documentary
2003 Montgomery West and the Wings of Death Mayor Short film
2009 Funny People Himself Cameo
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Late Show with David Letterman Himself 1 episode
2003 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself 1 episode
2004 Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn Himself 1 episode
2004–2007 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself 4 episodes
2007 Tom Green's House Tonight Himself 1 episode
2010 Orny Adams: Takes the Third Himself Comedy Central special
2011–2017 Teen Wolf Coach Bobby Finstock Recurring role (Seasons 1-4, 6), Guest role (Season 5); 38 episodes
2012–2014 Comics Unleashed Himself 2 episodes
2014 Just for Laughs: On Tour Himself Television film
2015 Just for Laughs Himself 1 episode
2015 The Halifax Comedy Festival Himself 4 episodes
2016 All Def Digital's Roast of America Himself Television film
2016–2017 WGN Morning News Himself 2 episodes
2017 Conan Himself 1 episode
2017 Orny Adams: More Than Loud Himself Showtime comedy special


  1. ^ a b c d Bill Porter (2007-07-17). "His career is a joke". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  2. ^ Shydner, Ritch; Schff, Mark (2006). I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics. Crown, ISBN 978-0-307-34199-0
  3. ^ a b https://www.timesofisrael.com/comedian-orny-adams-talks-about-his-jewish-background-just-not-onstage/
  4. ^ a b Loeffler, William (2009).Comedian Orny Adams tries to steer clear of the easy route.[permanent dead link] Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  5. ^ Scott, A.O. (October 11, 2002). Jerry Seinfeld, a Stand-Up Guy Again. New York Times
  6. ^ Kenny, Eve (October 12, 2010). Orny Adams speaks nothing but his truth in the world television premiere of "Orny Adams Takes the Third" debuting Friday, October 29 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Comedy Central (press release)
  7. ^ Pursell, Chris (November 12, 2007) Twentieth, Yahoo! Plan Joint Show. Archived 2013-09-27 at the Wayback Machine TV Week
  8. ^ a b Conroy, Tom. "'Teen Wolf,' limp chills on the cheap". Media Life magazine. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  9. ^ Massabrook, Nicole. "'Teen Wolf' Season 5 Spoilers: Will Coach Be Replaced? Orny Adams Announces Exit". Media Life magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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