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Orny Adams (born Adam J. Orenstein) is an American actor, comedy writer and stand-up comic.

Life and career

Adams is a native of Lexington, Massachusetts. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1989, then earned a bachelors degree from Emory University in 1993, majoring in political science philosophy.

Adams has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Show with David Letterman. Along with Jerry Seinfeld, Adams is a subject of the 2002 documentary, Comedian. He has named Garry Shandling as an influence with whom he stays in touch.

Adams' comedy DVD/CD, Path of Most Resistance, was released on November 10, 2006. On October 29, 2010, Adams' one-hour comedy special, Orny Adams Takes The Third premiered on Comedy Central.

In 2007 CBS Television Distribution and Yahoo! announced a development deal with Ashton Kutcher's production company Katalyst for Tube, to be hosted by Adams and featuring viral videos, comedy bits and sketches. In 2011, Adams was cast as Coach Bobby Finstock for the MTV series Teen Wolf.

Filmography

Year

Title

Role

2002

Comedian

Self

2006

Path of Most Resistance

Self

2009

Funny People

Self

2010

Orny Adams Takes The Third

Self

2011

Teen Wolf

Coach Bobby Finstock

Further reading

Dixit, Jay. "Orny Adams on Failure" Psychology Today, June 29, 2009