Adam Ruben is a writer, comedian, storyteller, and molecular biologist. For over a decade, he has performed at clubs, colleges, and private venues across the country, including at some of the best-known storytelling shows and comedy clubs. He is the author of Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School (Random House, 2010), a satirical guide to the low points and, well, lower points of post-baccalaureate education. His new book, tentatively titled Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and My Descent into the Cult of the Silver Ball, will be published by Chicago Review Press in Spring 2017.
For ten years, Adam has taught an undergraduate stand-up comedy class that has quickly become one of the most popular January “Intersession” courses at Johns Hopkins University, and he currently teaches storytelling with Story District. He writes the humor column “Experimental Error” in the otherwise respectable journal Science; he has also been seen and heard on the Food Network’s Food Detectives, the Science Channel’s Head Rush, the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Kremlin, Discovery International’s Superhuman Science, the Weather Channel’s Weather Gone Viral, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He co-hosts the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science (airing outside the United States as You Have Been Warned on Discovery International), currently filming its fourth season. Adam also produced and hosted a weird little web video series for the Journal of Visualized Experiments called Ask Adam about Grad School.
His one-man show, Please Don’t Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence, debuted to rave reviews at the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival; it was followed by the equally well-received Dr. Science’s Science Time Science-va-ganza! in 2012 (including scientist-comedians Chuck Na and Jason Pittman) and I Feel Funny: True Misadventures in Stand-Up Comedy in 2015. In addition to his day job developing a malaria vaccine at Sanaria Inc., Adam travels the country, performing his show as part of anti-bullying programs, talking about his book to audiences of disaffected grad students, and giving lectures on the public perception of science.
Adam lives with his wife, Marina Koestler Ruben, and their two children, Maya and Benjamin, in Washington, DC.