How Tragedy Made Adam Devine Funny

Adam Devine is one of the funniest men in Hollywood — but he might not have become a comic if he didn't experience a terrible childhood tragedy.

A workaholic at heart

Adam Devine is one of Hollywood’s funniest leading men. But his comedy actually comes from overcoming a childhood tragedy.

“I think you had to have overcome something or currently be overcoming something in order to be a good comedian. For me it was — I was hit by a cement truck when I was a little kid. I was 11, and I was hit by a cement truck and I couldn’t walk for like 2 years. So 11 to 13 like — you’re doing a lot of growing in that time. Obviously physical, but a lot of mentally as well. So I feel like, for me, I was overcoming my physical ailments but also trying to figure out who I am as a person. And I found out that by using comedy I was able to deflect bullying and also make friends. I was horrible at sports, so I knew like if I could get girls to laugh maybe they would like me because I can’t catch a football. My first time doing like standup — I was 16 or 17 years old and I had a fake ID, and I drove from Omaha, where I’m from, to Kansas City, which is about 3 and a half hours away, and did an open mic night at their comedy club, and I tanked. I ate it. And the waitress felt so bad that they accepted our very poorly made fake ID’s and let us drink beers in the comedy club all night and then we slept in our car,” Devine tells Brut.

Devine first dipped his toe into comedy as a teenager. Since then, starring roles in Pitch Perfect, Workaholics, The Righteous Gemstones and the new film Jexi have placed Devine in the shoes of his comedy heroes.


10/12/2019 11:59 AM


  • David B.
    05/24/2021 15:17

    Bad Idea with Adam Devine on the Roku Channel is funny as hell. Adam puts me in the floor laughing. Roku need to give him a season 2 already

  • Jose I.
    10/29/2019 14:27

    Otro jim carrey?

  • Ali B.
    10/26/2019 22:48

    all comedians are the same homie

  • Wendy G.
    10/22/2019 12:10

    I’m sorry but I still think that he is a bad copy of Jack Black... even his voice when he acts sounds the same... 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Alen M.
    10/20/2019 05:28

    Somewhere i feel like he is john cena cousin

  • Brut
    10/14/2019 13:56

    Comedian Shalewa Sharpe got her start later than most — but she told Brut that her life experience gives her an edge since she's a "fully formed person."

  • TC M.
    10/12/2019 12:52

    Comedians everywhere: Same

  • Gabriel B.
    10/12/2019 12:03


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