Sean Evans (interviewer)

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Sean Evans
Born (1986-04-26) April 26, 1986 (age 34)
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 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 incredibly 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]

Complex reporter[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]

Hot Ones is created by Christopher Schonberger and produced by and Complex Media. 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 from a meeting between Sean Evans and Editor-in-Chief Christopher Schonberger.

Evans has interviewed a number of celebrities, including Shaquille O'Neal, Sasha Banks, Marques Brownlee, Billie Eilish, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Hart, Charlize Theron, Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsay, Post Malone, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Scarlett Johansson, and Paul Rudd.[6] The format involves Evans and his guest eating ten chicken wings, each prepared with a progressively hotter hot sauce. The current final sauce, The Last Dab XXX, has a Scoville rating of 2,000,000.[7]

Every season, sauces used on camera are rotated and replaced with new ones. In season 4, "The Last Dab" was introduced and is created by Hot Ones. The sauce is projected to be around 2 million Scoville units.[8] After each wing, Evans asks his guest an interview question. As the wings get hotter, the guest begins to display the effects of eating the hotter wings and the interview becomes less about the guest and more about the struggle to finish the wings. The guests are also provided glasses of water and milk to counteract the effect of the wings.

The standard show includes Evans and one guest eating ten wings each, but in some episodes where there are two guests (such as the episode featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) only five wings are given to each guest. A guest who successfully finishes all ten wings is given the opportunity to promote their upcoming projects; guests who fail are still awarded this opportunity but are added to the show's infamous Hall of Shame.

A Hot Ones game show premiered on TruTV in early 2020. It airs on Tuesdays, 10PM Eastern time.[9]


  1. ^ a b Evans 2017
  2. ^ Nsubuga 2015
  3. ^ Lynch 2013
  4. ^ Harris 2016
  5. ^ Sean Evans: LinkedIn. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  6. ^ Irish Examiner 2016
  7. ^ "Scoville Scale – The Official Scott Roberts Website". Scott Roberts Web. June 7, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  8. ^ First We Feast (2017-09-19), Everything You Need to Know About The Last Dab, the Hottest Sauce on Hot Ones, retrieved 2017-10-24
  9. ^ First We Feast (2020-04-14), Hot Ones The Game Show, retrieved 2020-04-14

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