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Adam Conover likes to ruin things. He’ll tell you that your love of cats actually hurts the animal kingdom (feeding stray cats has led to there being as many strays as housecats, which has caused the tragic cat-murder of two-billion birds and the extinction of 20 bird species). He’ll tell you that airport security doesn’t actually make you safer (it’s there for show, but doesn’t necessarily prevent anything). And, he’ll tell you that you’re wrong about Minnesota. “I lived in St. Paul for three months in 2002…what I remember about it is that it was too hot.” But even through his weather-related concerns, he still loves our state. While he calls places like New York and Los Angeles where you go when you’re ready to be serious, and places like Portland and Austin where you go if you want to “be a sculptor and chill out,” he says the Twin Cities is “an undiscovered jewel;” one of those cool places you would move to have a nice, fun life…at least if the weather was better.
With his brief stint in the North Star State, he can get behind Minnesota nice, but forget about ignorance is bliss. “I think people that are ignorant are unhappy,” he says, “ It’s like refusing to go to the doctor when you’re sick because you don’t want to find out what’s wrong”— but this is where he finds his role in the world. His show Adam Ruins Everything on truTV is merely an extension of who he always has been. Imagine the person at parties whose conversation technique is just telling you on-topic, but unnerving, facts—that’s Adam, whipping out things that he learned years before. But just because he wants to know the truth doesn’t mean he’s searching to ruin what people love most; he just wants everyone to know as much as they can. “I’m ushering them through a slightly uncomfortable barrier…until they reach the mountaintop of enlightenment,” he says. AKA, he definitely has a “knowledge is power” pen or decorative pillow lying around somewhere.
And just because he loves facts doesn’t mean that he isn’t occasionally disappointed by what he learns. Like many, Adam is environmentally conscious. He at least tries to do what he can, but when he found out that a lot of the things that are advertised as being 'green' are actually a myth, he wasn’t happy. This is where the metaphorical “mountaintop of enlightenment” comes in. Just like he does for himself, he always tries to end his show with a way to deal with what was learned, and for some issues, try to adjust accordingly. In this case, he found out what he can do that actually does help the environment. While his character in the show, like him, is kind of a know-it-all, he also shares the fears and anxieties of the other characters. He’s just a normal guy who happens to get his thrill in learning and sharing new facts.
To spread his knowledge a little further, Adam brings his show to his favorite/"too hot" Twin Cities. It’s something of a mix between a TED Talk and a stand-up show, with a big screen, an hour of all-new material about the history of the election, and your favorite know-it-all (who might actually know it all).