Omaha Man Hits It Big In Comedy

An Omaha native is making a name for himself in the world of comedy. Adam Devine stars in a show on Comedy Central that's gaining a huge following in only its 2nd season. Years of hard work are paying off for this "Workaholic"

Adam Devine has made people smile for as long as he can remember. Now, the 2002 graduate of Millard South is making millions laugh on a show he co-created called Workaholics. Having finished its 2nd season, the show is about 3 friends who live and work together, sometimes working more for the weekend than to impress the boss. Devine admits that their adult sense of humor may not be for everyone.

"If you're watching the news and you're like, I'm going to watch it with my whole family. Don't do that, don't do that," Devine said with a smile.

Devine moved to Los Angeles when he was 18 to pursue stand-up comedy and acting. After grinding at it for almost 9 years, he and his group Mail Order Comedy were approached by Comedy Central for the show.

"It’s crazy and sometimes overwhelming, and my dream come true all wrapped into one,” Devine described. "It's one thing to have people my age come up and say hey how’s it going? And you're like nice to meet you. It's weird when you have a 60-year-old woman be like, Workaholics. And you're like, you watch it? And she's like, I sure do."

His mom, Penny says she’s always believed in his talents and it’s exciting to see him on TV, even if some of the subject matter is over the top.

“It's a show and you're (Adam) acting. Even though it's a portion of who you (Adam) are I know it's not,” Penny Devine explained. "When I see him on there still kind of makes you tingle, you're very proud, and excited. His dreams are coming true."

Adam says that a severe accident taught him to be funny. In June 1995, he was hit by a 42 ton cement truck while walking his bike across the street near 144th & Harrison St. He had 16 surgeries, spent 5 weeks in the hospital, and had to be in a wheelchair for an extended period of time. He said that’s where he really learned to be funny, so kids wouldn’t pick on him.

"Basically if you want your kid to be funny throw him down a stairwell or feed him a lot and he'll have to be funny because he'll either be injured and he has to be funny for that or he's going to be a fat kid and fat kids are always funny,” Adam laughed.

Workaholics has been picked up for a 3rd season, and they're also writing a movie. He says it wouldn't be possible without the support of his family.

"All my dreams are coming true because of the awesome support," Adam concluded.

The season 2 premier of Workaholics drew 2.1 million viewers. Devine is now shooting a movie in Baton Rouge, Louisiana called "Pitch Perfect", which is about rival A Capella groups.


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