Dave Rubin is an American political commentator, former comedian, talk show host, and YouTuber. He is best known for being the host of the talk show ‘The Rubin Report’ which airs on BlazeTV and YouTube.
Dave Rubin was born as ‘David Joshua Rubin’ on Saturday, June 26, 1976 (age 44 years; as in 2020), Brooklyn, New York.
He grew up in Syosset, Long Island, New York, and then moved to Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York where he lived for thirteen years. He studied at Syosset High School. He attended SUNY Binghamton and graduated with a degree in Political Science with an award-winning thesis on ‘Politics: Like the Giant Maid in Spaceballs, it both Sucks and Blows.’ He also attended Ben Gurion University for a semester in college.
Height (approx.): 6′
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Family & Ethnicity
He was brought up in a secular Jewish household; he identifies himself as ‘absolutely Jewish.’ Tablet Magazine He once declared that he was an agnostic or an atheist, but in December 2019, he confessed that he was no longer an atheist and was open to Christianity. Inspire Magazine Not much is known about his parents.
He has a brother, and a sister named Talev Lev.
Relationships and Husband
As a Comedian
In 1998, Dave Rubin began his career by doing stand-up and open-mic shows in New York City. In 1999, he became an intern at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He worked at Comedy Cellar, a comedy club based in Manhattan, New York in 2000. Later that year, he joined other Comedy Cellar comedians and created a television series called The Anti-Show, a news program parody that was secretly filmed at NBC Studios in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. In 2002, he co-founded several comedy clubs based in New York City such as Joe Franklin’s Comedy Club and The Comedy Company in Times Square where he continued to do stand-up till 2007.
He hosted the podcasts: Hot Gay Comics and The Ben and Dave Show, which later aired on Here TV as television series. In May 2009, Rubin and radio, television, and podcast personality Ben Harvey co-created and co-hosted the podcast ‘The Six Pack.’ From October 2011 to December 2012, The Six Pack was broadcasted on Sirius XM Radio as a live talk show.
The Rubin Report
In September 2012, he created his own YouTube channel while being a part of ‘The Six Pack; he named the channel ‘The Rubin Report.’ In January 2013, Rubin joined hands with ‘The Young Turks’ (American progressive news and opinion show) and hosted his show ‘The Rubin Report’ with them. He then moved from New York City to Los Angeles, California. On March 1, 2015, The Young Turks announced that Rubin would be shifting his show to the media company RYOT. Soon, his show was aired on Larry King’s Ora TV and debuted on September 9, 2015.
In 2016, he made his mind to work independently and quit Ora TV. By May 2019, The Rubin Report had 200 million views, and in 2019, The Rubin Report was made available on BlazeTV.
His show has an affiliation with the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), a libertarian non-profit organization that engages with students and professors throughout the United States; IHS sponsors his show (an episode a month). Rubin decided to leave Patreon after Carl Benjamin’s (a YouTuber) ban from Patreon, which he considered an assault on free speech. Till late 2018, Rubin received his funding through his Patreon account, through which, according to Dave, he had made a $10,000 a month prior to deletion. Soon, he decided to launch his own free speech oriented crowdfunded site and co-created Locals, a creator crowdfunding site with Scott Adams (a comic strip creator) and Michael Malice (a New York City-based author, anarchist, columnist, and media personality) in 2019.
He is often been accused of having far-right views. A report by Data & Society (a nonprofit research institute that studies the social implications of data-centric technologies & automation) in 2018 claimed that Rubin was a part of the YouTube network that amplified far-right politics. As a justification to its claim, the report gave his interview with Stefan Molyneux (a Canadian far-right, white nationalist, white supremacist, former YouTuber, and podcaster) as an example. In the interview, Dave had asked Stefan to explain his views on races having different average IQ test results, and these differences being genetic. The report maintained that Dave did not challenge Molyneux in any substantial way, concluding, Data & Society
By letting him speak without providing a legitimate and robust counterargument, Rubin provides a free platform for white supremacist ideology on his channel.”
- Food: Spinach dip and Steak, Shakshouka
- Dessert: Ice-cream
- Restaurant: Houston’s
- Book(s): ‘The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ’ by Andrew Klavan, ‘Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph’ by Dennis Prager, ’12 Rules for Life’ by Jordan Peterson, ‘Discrimination and Disparities’ by Thomas Sowell, ‘The Moral Arc’ by Michael Shermer
- Comedian(s): Bill Cosby, Lary David, Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Kaufman, Johnny Carson
- TV Show: Bill Cosby: Himself
- Comic Book(s): The Joker, G.I. Joe, Wolverine, Rack of lamb, Chicken parmigiana
- Basketball Player: Clyde Drexler
- In his leisure time, he likes to travel and read books.
- He loves dogs and has three dogs; two of them are named Clyde and Emma.
- Initially, Dave wanted to be a professional basketball player. In 2011, he participated in the NYC’s Gay Basketball League.
- Dave recognizes himself as a ‘classical liberal’ for holding on to more conservative and libertarian views than most modern liberals. Politico Magazine
- He has often been labeled as a part of the intellectual dark web, a term used by an informal group to refer to themselves and other allied commentators who oppose what they believe to be the dominance of identity politics, political correctness, partisan politics, and the establishment in higher education and the news media.
- He has often stood up for issues and views such as same-sex marriage, criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization, and an individual’s right to an abortion.
- Dave has explained progressivism (a political philosophy in support of social reform) as a ‘mental disorder.’
- Rubin often pays visits at the events organized by Turning Point USA, a conservative student organization, as a speaker.
- In May 2018, John Stosell (TV personality) gifted one of his Emmy Awards to Dave to show him gratitude for his work.
- He won the Gold Creator Award from YouTube for surpassing one million subscribers on his channel in 2019.
- He also sells products such as tee-shirts, cap, sticker, and mug, under the label ‘The Rubin Report.’ The products are available at the e-commerce site Teespring.
- He is good friends with Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. Dave also regards him as his mentor and talks about him often on his social media accounts.