Samuel Whitcomb Hyde (born April 16, 1985) is an American comedian, writer, performance artist, and actor.[1][2] He co-created the sketch comedy group Million Dollar Extreme (MDE) along with Charls Carroll and Nick Rochefort.[3]

Hyde is known for his involvement in several public pranks and internet hoaxes. His humor has been characterized as anti-comedic, culturally critical, and occasionally shocking.[4] His style of humour has also been described as post-ironic with him often blurring the distinction between himself and his characters.[5]

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  • 1Biography
  • 2Hoaxes and pranks
  • 3Filmography
    • 3.1Film
    • 3.2Television
  • 4References
  • 5External links

Biography[edit] Edit

After graduating from Wilton High School,[6] Hyde enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University. He spent one year at Carnegie Mellon before transferring to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in film, animation and video.[7]

In August 2016, Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace, a television program Hyde co-wrote and acted in along with the other members of MDE, premiered on Adult Swim. Four months later, it was announced that World Peace would not be renewed for a second season. Hyde attributed the show's cancellation to his vocal support for President Donald Trump.[8]

Later in 2016, Hyde published How to Bomb the U.S. Gov't, a comedy book he co-wrote with Rochefort, Carroll, and others.[9] Due to its limited print run, first edition copies of this work have gone on to sell for over $170 on the secondary market.[10]

Hoaxes and pranks[edit] Edit

In 2013, Hyde, while dressed in a maroon-colored sweatsuit and clad in centurion-esque breastplate and greaves, delivered a prank TEDx talk titled "2070 Paradigm Shift" at Drexel University.[2] The talk, described by Forbes as a satiric impersonation of a "Brooklyn tech hipster," received significant media attention.[1][2][3] When asked about the intent of the prank, Hyde stated his dislike for TED talks, calling them "really self-congratulatory."[11]

Hyde similarly lampooned the American anime fandom in 2012 when he delivered a spurious presentation titled "Samurai Swordplay in a Digital Age" under the pseudonym "Master Kenchiro Ichiimada" at a convention in Vermont. During the presentation, an MDE affiliate blocked the exit to bar attendees from leaving Hyde's discursive, hour-long performance.[12]

In 2014, Hyde started a fake Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the creation of a so-called "pony dating simulator" for bronies, the adult male fans of the children's television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.[2] The Kickstarter page said the simulator would comprise "a journey that spans multiple continents" and include "deep RPG elements."[13] Devotees of the show who ostensibly took the project seriously pledged a total of $4,161 to the phony fundraiser before Hyde cancelled it.[2][13]

Since 2015, Hyde has been reported as the perpetrator of numerous mass shootings and terrorist attacks by internet trolls on websites such as 4chan.[2][14] The first instance of this hoax was the Umpqua Community College shooting.[15] According to BBC News, CNNmistakenly included Hyde's image on their coverage of the shooting.[16] Hyde has also been erroneously blamed for the 2015 San Bernardino attack, the 2016 UCLA shooting,[14] the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting,[17] the shooting of Alton Sterling,[18] the suspicious death of a black man in Piedmont Park, Atlanta,[19] the 2015 Paris attacks,[2] the 2016 Munich shooting,[20] the 2016 Kalamazoo shootings,[2][20] the 2017 Finsbury Park attack,[20] the 2017 Las Vegas shooting,[16] and the 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting.[21][22]Regarding one of the hoaxes, Hyde told Forbes contributor Fruzsina Eordogh: "My wife's boyfriend (open relationship) heard it from the news first and so he and my wife's son were both scared silly for a few days before everything was explained. I also got a call from my rabbi frantically trying to talk me out of doing anything more violent until finally I managed to explain to him that it was a hoax." Eordogh later issued an edit to her article claiming that Hyde's comments about his wife's boyfriend, his wife's son and his rabbi were "just a series of 4chan memes mocking progressives."[2]

In 2017, Hyde reportedly pledged $5,000 towards the legal defense fund of Andrew Anglin, the founder and editor of The Daily Stormer.[23] The Southern Poverty Law Center sued Anglin for allegedly organizing a "troll storm" against a Jewish woman in Montana. When Matt Pearce of the Los Angeles Times questioned Hyde about the donation, Hyde asked Pearce if he was Jewish and went on to say that $5,000 "was nothing" to him. In the interview, Hyde also stated: "Don’t worry so much about money. Worry about if people start deciding to kill reporters. That's a quote. For the reason why, you can say I want reporters to know I make more money than them, especially Matt Pearce."[23]

Filmography[edit] Edit

Film[edit] Edit

Year Title Role Notes 2013 Birdemic 2: The Resurrection[24] Beach Goer
2013 I'm a Alien[25] Alien
2013 Moms[26] Tyler
2013 Doctor Manslave[27] Prof. Ignatio Badtanman Director
2017 Smocaine 3 Sarge

Television[edit] Edit

Year Title Role Notes 2016 Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace Various
  • 6 episodes
  • Writer
  • Producer

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External links[edit] Edit

  • Sam Hyde on IMDb


  • 1985 births
  • Living people
  • People from Fall River, Massachusetts
  • American male comedians
  • American male film actors
  • American male television actors
  • American television writers
  • American people of English descent
  • American people of European descent
  • American people of Irish descent
  • American performance artists
  • American sketch comedians
  • American stand-up comedians
  • Carnegie Mellon University alumni
  • Rhode Island School of Design alumni
  • Comedians from Massachusetts