David Joshua Rubin (born June 26, 1976) is an American political commentator and talk show host. He is the creator and host of The Rubin Report, a political talk show and podcast currently airing on YouTube and formerly part of The Young Turks Network and Ora TV. He previously hosted The Ben and Dave Show and The Six Pack, a podcast and radio show on Sirius XM Radio.
Topics Rubin frequently comments on include political correctness, free speech, politics, mass media, religion, foreign affairs, and what he considers to be the ideological split between liberalism and progressivism.
David Joshua Rubin was born on June 26, 1976, in Brooklyn, New York, New York. He grew up in a "fairly secular Jewish household on Long Island". He spent his adolescence in Syosset, New York and then resided on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, New York for 13 years.
In 1994, Rubin graduated from Syosset High School. In 1998, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Binghamton University in Vestal, New York.
In 1998, Rubin started his career in comedy doing stand-up and attending open-mics in New York City. In 1999, he became an intern at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
In 2000, Rubin continued his career at the New York-based Comedy Cellar. Later that year he joined with other Comedy Cellar comedians to create a public-access television series, a news program parody called The Anti-Show which was secretly filmed at NBC Studios in 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
In 2002, he co-founded several New York City-based comedy clubs including Joe Franklin's Comedy Club and The Comedy Company in Times Square where he continued to do stand-up until 2007.
In 2018, Rubin returned to stand-up, performing a show at the Irvine Improve Comedy Club.
He was the host of two popular podcasts, Hot Gay Comics and The Ben and Dave Show. Both podcasts were turned into a television series on the here! television network.
In May 2009, Rubin co-created and co-hosted a new podcast called The Six Pack, which went on to become a top podcast on iTunes. In October 2011, The Six Pack was picked up by Sirius XM Radio and began its run as a live talk show until its end in December 2012.
In January 2013, Rubin left radio and began his television career. He was offered his own politics and current events talk show, The Rubin Report, on The Young Turks Network and moved from New York City to Los Angeles, California.
In 2014, while still hosting The Rubin Report, Rubin also hosted The Golden Girls Ultimate Fan Club, a weekly web-series on Logo TV.
In 2015, Rubin moved his show The Rubin Report from The Young Turks Network to RYOT News. Shortly after, Larry King's Ora TV picked up the show which debuted on September 9, 2015.
In an interview with author Sam Harris on The Rubin Report, Rubin cited Cenk Uygur's heated criticism of Harris as having "a good amount to do with why I left" The Young Turks.
Rubin has described himself as a classical liberal. In the 2016 presidential election he voted for Gary Johnson, but says he regretted this decision a few months after. He has opposed elements of the progressive movement he identifies as the regressive left, and has said that he considers being politically progressive to be "a mental disorder". In an interview in March 2018, Rubin said he would vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 U.S. presidential election if a progressive like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or Gavin Newsom is running against him. Rubin also characterized President Trump as a political moderate, saying "he's a Democrat in a lot of ways", and spoke favorably of Trump's cuts in government regulations.
Rubin publicly came out as gay in 2006, which he has referred to as his "defining moment". In December 2014, he became engaged to producer David Janet. The couple married on August 27, 2015.