Ricky Van Veen

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Ricky Van Veen
Van Veen speaking at SXSW in 2007
Born Richard Van Veen
circa 1981 (age 33–34)
Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Wake Forest University
Occupation Co-founder of CollegeHumor
Years active 2006–present
Spouse(s) Allison Williams (2015–present)
Website Official website

Richard "Ricky" Van Veen (born c. 1981)[1] is an American entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of CollegeHumor, a popular comedy brand/website and CEO of Notional, a television production company born out of CollegeHumor. Van Veen created the site as a student at Wake Forest and it quickly became a mainstay.[2] Van Veen's site was earning between $10-15 million a year before the partners sold a controlling stake to IAC/InterActiveCorp.[3][4] He is also one of the principal owners and founders of Connected Ventures, a company formed around CollegeHumor that included BustedTees and Vimeo.[5] He also appeared in episode six of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld's podcast "If I Were You" becoming the first guest to do so.

He often appears in some of the company's video series' such as Jake and Amir and Hardly Working,[6] and the former MTV program The CollegeHumor Show.

In July 2009 Van Veen was announced to be the CEO of the new production company, Notional,[7] which would be producing material for the traditional media of television. One of Notional's most noteworthy TV shows is "Chopped" on the Food Network. Notional would not be funded by IAC/InterActiveCorp. Van Veen would be mentored by Barry Diller, who is the chairman and senior executive of IAC/InterActiveCorp.

Van Veen is from Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland. He is the son of Helen and Richard Van Veen.[8] Van Veen is married to actress Allison Williams.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Get the Details on Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen's Wedding (Tom Hanks Officiated!)". People. September 19, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015. Ricky Van Veen ... the 34-year-old College Humor co-founder... 
  2. ^ St. John, Warren (2005-07-24). "Sophomorically Incorrect". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  3. ^ Gangemi, Jeffrey (2006-09-12). "Buying Sites with a Built-in Audience". Business Week. Retrieved 2008-11-16. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Barry Diller Buys CollegeHumor". Gawker.com. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  5. ^ Mead, Rebecca (2005-01-25). "Funny Boys". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  6. ^ "Ricky Van Veen's College Humor Page". collegehumor.com. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  7. ^ Ali, Rafat (2009-07-25). "paidContent - CollegeHumor's New Production Spinoff: Notional; Van Veen's Heading It". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  8. ^ "news". Archives.explorebaltimorecounty.com. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 

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