Sean Evans is an American web show producer, host, and interviewer, who is best known as one of the faces of the culinary YouTube channel ”First We Feast.”
During this show, he interviews celebrities while making them eat scorching hot chicken wings.
He was born on April 26, 1986, in the Chicago suburb of Evanston.
Evans has a younger brother named Gavin.
Sean ѕtаrtеd hіѕ саrееr аѕ аn іntеrvіеwеr fоr thе Соmрlех Маgаzіnе, whеrе hе uѕеd tо іntеrvіеw реорlе аnd uѕе tо рut thеm оn thе соmраnу’ѕ сhаnnеl.
At some point, Evans took up a full-time job in the same company. Later, Sean became the host of a YouTube series called “Hot Ones,” produced by Complex Media and FirstWeFeast.com, which airs every Thursday.
“Hot Ones” is just one show from Complex Networks’ First We Feast team. A full-length “Hot Ones” episode on YouTube lasts 20 to 25 minutes and follows the same recipe: Sean and one guest eating ten wings each.
After each wing, Sean asks his guest an interview question. As the wings get hotter, the guest starts to display the effects of eating the spicier wings and the interview becomes less about the guest and more about the struggle to finish the wings.
To counteract the effect of the spicy wings, the guests are provided glasses of milk and water. Even if the guest doesn’t make it to the finish line, Sean will ask all of his prepared questions.
Guests who fail are still afforded this opportunity but are added to the show’s infamous Hall of Shame, whereas a guest who successfully finishes all 10 wings is given the opportunity to promote their upcoming projects.
Sean said in an interview that the hot sauce:
”humanizes people you see people who are always on red carpets in front of flashing bulbs behind, you know, black car windows.”
Every season, Sean rotates out some of the hot sauces for new ones. For instance, in season 4, a new sauce was revealed named – ”The Last Dab.” The sauce first took the world by storm as the only sauce made with “Pepper X.”
Pepper X was developed by Smokin’ Ed Currie, the founder of Puckerbutt Pepper Company, and weighs around 3.18 million Scoville heat units.
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Sean has interviewed a number of celebrities, including:
- Shaquille O’Neal;
- Theo Von;
- Chili Klaus;
- Al Roker;
- Desus and Mero;
- Neil deGrasse Tyson;
- Wiz Khalifa;
- Weird Al Yankovic;
- Marques Brownlee;
- Chris Jericho;
- Joel Embiid;
- Liam Payne;
- Taraji P. Henson;
- Post Malone;
- Hannibal Buress;
- Daniel Radcliffe;
- Terry Crews;
- Michael B. Jordan;
- Tom Segura;
- Gordon Ramsay;
- Ty Burrell;
- Russell Brand;
- Tommy Chong;
- Nick Kroll;
- T.J. Miller;
- Bill Burr;
- Ricky Gervais;
- Pete Holmes.
The most popular “Hot Ones” episode features Kevin Hart. It has over 26 million views.
The show is particularly popular among the internet community on Reddit — there is even a “Hot Ones” subreddit with over 51,000 subscribers.
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When asked which guest surprised him the most, Sean responded:
”But you know who did kind of surprise me? And this is no shock, because he’s a very funny guy and he’s a great dude: Jim Gaffigan.”
Evans went on to say:
”For his comedy and reputation and his brand, the fact he didn’t get through 10 wings is still one of the most mind-boggling, baffling things.”
When asked whether, during an interview, things have gotten too hot, Evans said:
”There’s always a part of me that kind of thinks this show, what’s going to break down the show is I’m going to get sick, someone is going to get sick or a serious medical issue.”
He later added:
”We really are operating on the edge, which is part of the draw and the appeal of the whole thing, but it does cross my mind from time to time. We might have physically harmed a famous person.”
When asked about his favorite guest, Sean responded:
”I think there’s a whole category of interviews I appreciate because they’re just such dense, perfect blocks of content in my opinion: Henry Rollins, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Ricky Gervais, Steve-O, Russell Brand.”
At the start of 2020, Hot Ones premiered on TruTV.
Sean Evans has been dating Natasha Martinez since 2018. Natasha is a former Laker girl and Miss California USA 2015.
Martinez has over 86k followers on Instagram (natashalexis_).
Natasha wrote on her Instagram on April 25, 2020:
”The happiest two years thus far. Happy anniversary my love.”
Sean Evans is 5 ft 8 in (1.72 m) tall.
Before working as an interviewer, Sean was a copywriter for the Chicago tourism board.
In the present day, the 76ers are the only NBA team with two players who have appeared on the ”Hot Ones” show.
In a video posted in December 2015, Evans consumed an entire Carolina Reaper.
In 2013, Guinness World Records declared Carolina Reaper the hottest chili pepper in the world, surpassing the previous record-holder, the Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T.”
Carolina Reaper has been described as having a fruity taste, with the initial bite being sweet and then immediately turning to “molten lava.”
The crossbreed is between a Naga pepper from Pakistan and a “really nastily hot” La Soufriere pepper from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent.
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The burn of chili pepper, which is measured in Scoville Heat Units, comes from chemical compounds called capsaicinoids, that are found in the white flesh inside hot peppers.
According to tests conducted by Winthrop University in South Carolina, Carolina Reaper has a heat level of 1,641,183 Scoville Heat Units.
In April 2020, Evans appeared on Throwing Fits’ podcast.
Sean Evans – Net Worth
Evans earns most of his wealth by being the host of the YouTube show the Hot Ones. His salary was not released to the public, but the ”Hot Ones” show has over 1.5 billion views on YouTube. This translates to about $3.5 million in revenue. In addition, this YouTube show has plenty of sponsors (like Reebok, Roberta’s, and Dream In The Woods).
According to a report, Complex’s food vertical gets 85% of its revenue outside of YouTube ads. Therefore, YouTuber and producer Sean Evans has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million.
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