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American comic Orny Adams has been touring all over the world for over twenty years. With hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, Orny is regarded by his peers as one of the hardest working and passionate comedians in the business. Orny first rose to international prominence after Jerry Seinfeld chose him to co-star in his documentary “Comedian.” He has made several appearances on The Tonight Show and appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. Orny’s debut DVD “Path Of Most Resistance,” was critically acclaimed and was available on Netflix. That was followed by a powerful and poignant one hour special “Orny Adams Takes The Third” which aired on Comedy Central and Netflix. Currently, and for the past six seasons, Orny can be seen playing the iconic role “Coach Finstock” on the hit MTV show “Teen Wolf,” a one hour drama created by Criminal Mind’s Jeff Davis. Jeff handpicked Orny for the role after seeing him perform at the Hollywood Improv.

Early in his career Orny was named in The Hollywood Reporter as a favorite comedian to watch. He has written jokes for Jay Leno, Garry Shandling, and many other top comedians. He has twice written for the Annual Emmys Broadcast and has become the “go to” guy when a celebrity needs a funny line. In July 2000, Orny made quite an impact at the Montreal Comedy Festival, which resulted in a development deal with Warner Brothers Studio, and his appearance on Letterman. In 2010, Orny was thrilled to return to the festival in Montreal working alongside one of his favorite comedians Steve Martin on a taped televised stand up show Martin hosted. Orny garnered rave reviews for his performance and was called a “Stand-out act” by The Hollywood Reporter.

Other notable projects include a talk show pilot developed for Orny by CBS Television Distribution/Kingworld along side Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Films. Orny shot another pilot for his own late night talk show for TBS and taped his own series, “Modern Chaos with Orny Adams” for The Discovery Channel. He hosted his own show on Discovery’s Travel Channel, has appeared on Jiminy Glick, Tough Crowd on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Last Call With Carson Daly, and did a regular segment on Hollywood and politics on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. You may also recognize him from other notable television appearances and many of his national commercials, including Coca-Cola. Orny made his first TV appearance in 1996 on Friday Night Videos.

When not performing stand-up, Orny spends his days writing, penning scripts, and developing television shows. A few years back, he struck a deal with Endimol for “The Pitch,” a reality show he conceived.

But none of this matters until you see Orny live where he is at his best, deconstructing the chaos of the modern world and getting energized about things that most people just accept. His tour has reached clubs, theatres, even the Staples Center in LA, colleges, corporate events, and festivals as far away as Ireland, Australia, and South Africa. Orny’s comedy style is unique, yet universally appealing. Orny is quick on his feet to deliver a powerful, clever, sophisticated, and fast paced routine that pounds topics from an angle that many people have never considered.

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What some people have said:

“I’m a big Orny Adams fan.”

— Jerry Seinfeld

“I thought this CD was hilarious.  Then Orny told me it was a DVD.  Well, to see his facial expressions made it even funnier.  Either way, he kicks ass.”

— Garry Shandling

“You judge a comedian by the laughs he gets and the laughs on this CD are huge…shattering. Orny reminds me of Joe Frazier working the ribcage.”

— Dennis Miller

“There’s a growing group of people who have known that Orny is a great comic thinker and performer.  We search out his stuff on the internet, we go to his shows, we send emails around with things he’s said.  It’s like we discovered Bob Dylan early and everyone else is just about to.”

— Bestselling author Gavin de Becker

About Orny

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Orny Adams was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

Orny Adams is not his legal name. Orny was always a nickname. His family still calls him by his real name, but he prefers to be called Orny. His nieces call him Uncle O.

Using the last name Adams was the idea of fraternity brother Jim Georges.

In 1993 Orny graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a degree in Philosophy and Political Science. He had intended to go to law school until he was awakened by the arts while studying abroad in Florence, Italy.

Orny wanted to play basketball in high school but did not make the team. He did make the debate team and traveled to different states “debating a bunch of geeks.” In college he was the pitcher for his fraternity softball team. They won the championship the two years he pitched.

Orny’s first time onstage was at the Funny Bone in Atlanta. All his friends came down to support him. He had to audition for the spot at the club on an “empty” afternoon with the booker sitting miles away in the back. Just one of the many humiliations he has been put through.

Orny has never had a 9 to 5 job, something he cherishes like a medal of honor.

After college Orny had trouble finding a job and was forced to “temp to perm.” But the perm never really worked out. In an attempt to get professional work he sent out over 100 resumes with a cover letter that ended with “Thank you for YOU consideration.” His dad still jokes about it.

After one year of temping, Orny starting making more money playing comedy clubs in the Boston area. He quit working days and has never looked back.

At age eight, Orny started delivering the Boston Globe. Other jobs he has suffered through include: Dishwasher, waiter, caddy, and security guard at a mental hospital.

Orny prefers to be working rather than not. He is very organized. Even as a kid he alphabetized his Halloween candy in a shoebox.

In the 1996, or thereabouts, casting agents from Disney came to Boston to scout new comedians. Orny was chosen and flown to Los Angeles to be considered for a deal to star in his own sitcom. The deal did not go through and the flight home was one of the loneliest.

The pending Disney deal did lead to a great ammount of attention from the industry and Orny would drive most weekends from Boston to New York City to showcase for them. He rented a crash space on Sullivan Street. It was a studio converted into a two bedroom. Orny slept in a small storage space that was above the bathroom, thus creating a third room. (Submarine sleeping quarters had more space. Orny claims he got seasick at times.)

Eventually Orny moved to New York City and proudly became a working “NY Comic” and was named in the Hollywood Reporter as a favorite to watch on the scene.

He became enamored with the work of Bob Dylan after his best friend and roommate in NYC, Unity (his real name) insisted after a bad night he listen to the song “Idiot Wind.”

When producers of the film “Comedian” approached Orny about being in the film, he assumed it would be for a scene, maybe two.

“Comedian” catapulted Orny into the public spotlight, something he was ill prepared for.

Orny and Jerry Seinfeld have remained friends and mutually respectful of each other’s work. Jerry is one of Orny’s biggest champions. Despite rumors, Orny is not related to Jerry. And Jerry is not related to Orny. But they do both have relatives.

In July 2000, Orny made quite an impact at the Montreal Comedy Festival which resulted in a development deal with the Warner Brothers Studio, and his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Orny moved to Los Angeles for the Warner’s deal and now happily resides in Southern California. Although shy and introverted at times, Orny enjoys meeting fans after his shows.

At a young age Orny met Rock Hudson. And as Hudson was signing an autograph, Orny declared that someday he would be famous and would not sign a lot of autographs… “That way they would be worth more money.” Hudson just looked up from signing and said, “You’re going to lose all your fans.”

Orny’s first rock concert was “Starship” at the Worcester Centrum. He went with his dad. He remembers being disappointed that they opened and closed the show with “We Built This City.” He vowed to never make that mistake.

He does not eat fish. His mother still tries to “trick” him into eating it. He gets his vitamin E other ways. Orny will eat tuna from a can, but not the type of tuna you grill. And he disagrees with his mother that grilled swordfish taste like steak.

Orny likes to eat alone and if he could have dinner with anybody throughout history it would therefore be himself.

Orny does not like to have his picture taken. He is a blinker.

Orny does have a lot of trouble sleeping and often wonders how he can suck at something he does every night.

He has never dated anybody famous.

He is neither short nor tall. He is just right. He is an endomorph.

He does not have a favorite color. Orny does not like to discriminate.

Orny is a pacifist.

Orny will often pull out a pen and paper from his back right pocket and write down some note. He will do this in the middle of conversations, middle of streets, even the middle of his act.

His contract for personal appearances is not very demanding. Orny likes to have water, some chocolate, and he requests that there be a dictionary in the greenroom.

Orny’s act is 99% accurate and fact checked.

His first pet was a parakeet and he would tell you the name, but it is the password question on his bank account.


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