Ari Shaffir Biography
Ari David Shaffir is an American comedian, actor, podcaster, writer, and producer. He is a producer and host of the Skeptic Tank podcast. He also co-hosts the podcast Punch Drunk Sports with Jayson Thibault and Sam Tripoli and is a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. He created and previously hosted and produced the television series This is Not Happening, an adaptation of his monthly stand-up show.
It’s amazing how nowadays stand-up comedians have become the modern day rockstars.
U know something is off when telling the truth has become a parody, a stand-up routine, a Fukin JOKE.#MotherForgiveMe#TheComedian#TheJoker @joerogan @AriShaffir @madflavor @billburr pic.twitter.com/8zZ1bWHFji
— AbdulTPZ (@TPZAbdul) October 4, 2019
Ari Shaffir Quick Bio
|Born||February 12, 1974
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up comedy, television, film, podcast|
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Ari Shaffir Family, Early life
Shaffir’s father, born in Iași, Romania, and grandmother were Holocaust survivors. Ari was born in New York City, the second of four children born to Nat and Merryl Shaffir. Soon after his birth, his family moved to North Carolina. The family was raised conservative Jewish until Ari was 9 years old and the family moved to Maryland and adopted Orthodox Jewish beliefs.
Ari Shaffir Education
He attended high school in Rockville, Maryland, studied sacred texts in a yeshiva in Israel for two years, attended Yeshiva University in New York City. Shaffir played on the University’s NCAA golf team in 1995 and claims he was the lowest-ranked NCAA athlete. He transferred in his second year to the University of Maryland and graduated in 1999 with a degree in English Literature.
Dont blame Callen. Its 1000000000% Schlaubs fault. He’s the fuckin worst. Bryan might have a few wrinkles and know S’ Lil bout comedy but he’s great and has cheetah skin stretched over a cyborg frame.
— KiNG Chris (@YourKingChris) October 3, 2019
Ari Shaffir Career
Shaffir’s first and only comedy performance on stage before he moved to Los Angeles took place in his early twenties at an open mic night at a “sports comedy place in Northern Virginia”. Following his graduation from university, Shaffir moved to Los Angeles to improve his chances of success as a stand-up comedian. He took up work answering the phones at The Comedy Store, which led to positions in the cover booth and “the door”, until owner Mitzi Shore made him a paid regular, four-and-a-half years later. His early influences in comedy include watching showcase comedy shows on television as a youngster and comedians on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He cites Bill Burr as his favorite living comedian. He became bicoastal, living in both Los Angeles and New York City in 2012, hoping to advance his stand-up career further by increasing the number of sets he performed in a week at New York’s many comedy clubs. He became a New York resident in 2015.
Shaffir first became known to a wider audience with the viral video series The Amazing Racist. He became an opening act for Joe Rogan in the late 2000s and began touring with Rogan and fellow comics Joey Diaz, Duncan Trussell, Tom Segura, Brian Redban and Eddie Bravo. In 2009 he appeared at the Montreal Comedy Festival as part of The Nasty Show. The following year he created, produced and hosted the monthly live show This Is Not Happening, with Eric Abrams, a stand-up comedy featuring numerous comedians telling true-life stories around a theme. The show would become a regular feature at comedy festivals and debuted as a web series in 2013 and premiered in January 2015 on Comedy Central. He left the show as producer and host in 2017 after selling his third special, Double Negative, to Netflix rather than Comedy Central. Roy Wood Jr. replaced him as host.
Shaffir spent several years earning a living as a commercial actor, appearing in ads for Coke Zero, Subway, Dominos, and Bud Light. He appeared in the comedy feature film Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016). As of 2017, Shaffir claims to have no interest in pursuing acting which could take him away from his stand-up.
*Holds hand squarely over drink*
— Carson Gibbons (@carsoncgibbons) October 4, 2019
Ari Shaffir Drugging Controversy
During his October 1st, 2019 appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Shaffir admitted to allegedly drugging fellow comedian Bert Kreischer’s drink with MDMA on a previous occasion, without Kreischer’s consent. Both comedians were at Kreischer’s home with his family during the drugging. This generated significant online controversy on platforms such as Reddit. The podcast panelists expressed concern regarding both Shaffir’s displayed lack of remorse as well as the action itself, which had potential health consequences for Kreischer and is considered a felony in California, the state in which it allegedly took place.
— Vance Hinds (@LawDog1515) October 4, 2019
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