Sean Evans (interviewer)

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Sean Evans
Born (1986-04-26) April 26, 1986 (age 36)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign[1]
OccupationYouTuber, producer
Years active2014–present

Sean Evans (born April 26, 1986) is an American YouTuber and producer who is best known for co-creating and hosting the series Hot Ones, in which he interviews celebrities while they eat progressively spicier chicken wings.

Born in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Evans found fame on the internet not only for his proficiency in celebrity interviews, but also for eating extremely hot food like the Carolina Reaper pepper, which holds the title for hottest pepper by Guinness World Records. He cites eating spicy food as a child for building up his tolerance.[2][3] Before working as an interviewer, Evans was a copywriter for the Chicago tourism board.[4]

Education and early career[edit]

Evans graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism.[5]

Evans started freelancing for Complex Magazine in New Orleans, doing interviews for the publication and putting them on their YouTube channel, interviewing famous celebrities such as 2 Chainz and Steph Curry. The magazine offered him a full-time job in New York City, and he quickly quit his job and started a career at Complex.[1]

Hot Ones[edit]

Evans is the host of Hot Ones, which he co-created with Chris Schonberger and which is produced by First We Feast and Complex Media.[6] Its tagline, stated by Evans at the beginning of each episode, is "the show with hot questions, and even hotter wings." The show was created as the result of a meeting between Sean Evans and Schonberger in which the two discussed potential ways to make celebrity interview shows more interesting and less clichéd. The format involves Evans and his guest eating ten chicken wings or vegan substitutes, or five in some double interviews, each prepared with a progressively hotter hot sauce. Beginning in season 4, the sauce for the final wing has been different versions of the Hot Ones/Heatonist produced sauce "The Last Dab", each with a Scoville rating of between 2,000,000 - 3,000,000+ units.[7] The term "the last dab" refers to the show's tradition of Evans and his guest "dabbing" each final wing with an extra drop of the corresponding hot sauce.

Evans has interviewed a number of celebrities, including Shaquille O'Neal, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Billie Eilish, Matt Damon, Kevin Hart, Kristen Stewart, Gordon Ramsay, Post Malone, Dua Lipa, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Scarlett Johansson, Noel Gallagher, and Jimmy Kimmel among others.[8]

Evans began hosting Hot Ones: The Game Show starting in early 2020, a trivia game show that aired on TruTV.[9]

In 2021, Mikey Day impersonated Evans in a Saturday Night Live skit where Beyoncé (Maya Rudolph) did an episode of Hot Ones.[10]

On May 25, 2021, Evans was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host at the 48th Daytime Emmy Awards.[11]


  1. ^ a b Evans 2017
  2. ^ Nsubuga 2015
  3. ^ Lynch 2013
  4. ^ Harris 2016
  5. ^ Sean Evans: LinkedIn. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  6. ^ "Inside Hot Ones, the wildly popular and violently spicy YouTube show". 31 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Scoville Scale – The Official Scott Roberts Website". Scott Roberts Web. June 7, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Irish Examiner 2016
  9. ^ First We Feast (2020-04-14), Hot Ones The Game Show, retrieved 2020-04-14
  10. ^ Hot Ones with Beyoncé - SNL, retrieved 2021-04-15
  11. ^ "2021 Daytime Emmy Awards: Talk Show Host and Lead Actress Nominees Revealed (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. CBS Interactive. May 24, 2021. Retrieved May 24, 2021.


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