Rob Dyrdek

February 14, 2013

I'm Rob Dyrdek, 20 year skateboarding veteran, TV Personality and Entrepreneur… ASK ME ANYTHING!!

I'm currently on set filming for Season 3 of Ridiculousness (premieres TONIGHT @ 10/9c on MTV) and will be hitting Reddit @ 3pm PT/6pm ET to answer some of your questions. A little history for you… I'm professional skateboarder turned entrepreneur with multiple brands, endorsements and TV shows. I'm constantly building in this world that is limitless by design.


3:05pm PT WE ARE LIVE!!!

3:51pm PT Wrapping it up in the next 10!

4:05pm PT Thank you all for joining me in this AMA... until next time Redditors!

Proof? BOOM


That was very real! Thank God we weren't involved in an accidental turtle suicide.

You ever hook up with Chanel?

No, Chanel is the homie.

What are your feelings towards Daniel Tosh?

I think Daniel Tosh is very funny

Will Rob and Big ever come back?

Maybe one day for a reunion... right now we are thinking about doing a Big Black dating show where the girls sit on toilets during elimination, the loser gets flushed.

Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs seeking funding for their idea/business?

If you build a true, very smart business plan with a quick road to profitability someone is sure to invest.

Always try to be innovative, redefine a space or be first to a space.

hahahaha no


It's all real.. you cant fake being in a band called the Bleeding Frogs, and you certainly can't fake being attacked by a tiger, kick flipping a car or being attacked by a shark.

Do you watch Tosh.O ever?

I do not.

Hey Rob, I am a huge fan and have seen every episode that you have out. I really admire how much fun you have even on a day to day basis. With that set aside i am very impressed how you are doing on the business side as well! I just had a couple of question for you. 1. is your daily life in all actuallity really that fun as it shows on the tv show? 2. What really happened with you and Big? 3.are you really close with drama and big cat and chanelle? you actually work at the factory on a daily basis? 5. any advice on a up and comer entrepreneur? Thanks in advance! I try really hard to see everyday as fun and eventfull as you man! Thanks again! Chad

  1. My life is actually way crazier than what you see on TV, minus the stunt work. I wake up at 6am everyday and enjoy creating every single day. I do all of that creation from inside the Fantasy Factory.

  2. The show ended and BB moved to Texas...

  3. Yes

  4. Yes

  5. See the previous advice above...

What sweet music does Bobby Light make love to?

The Bands That Make Her Dance Pandora station

Chanel, Sterling, and Pauly D... Screw one, Marry one, Kill one. GO!!!!

you know that's unfair...

Do you miss filming Rob & Big? Did you enjoy shooting Rob & Big, Fantasy Factory, or Ridiculousness about the same? Or is there one you particularly enjoyed above the others?

I enjoy Fantasy Factory the most. Even though it was more taxing to film than the rest, it was more rewarding because I got to do so many crazy stunts

What is your most memorable thing you have ever done that you probably couldn't have done had you not been famous?

Definitely Kick Flipping the car for the Super Bowl XLVI commercial. If I did not have a TV show, that is not something the average person could pull off.

Is drama and big cat really that awkward in real-life, or do you guys amplify it on the shows for affect?

We definitely amplify it for the show... Drama is a cool kid and Big Cat is awkward in real life, but not as awkward that we make it out to be on the show.

Any advice to young, aspiring skateboarders or entertainment personalities?

No one is going to give it to you. Spend everyday getting better and focus on that which you can control, let everything else fall into place. You can't stay focused on what you can get from success, but rather focus on becoming successful!

  1. What drove you to build the fantasy factory?
  2. Are you working on any community projects and if so what are they?
  3. How shitty did you feel after you hit Chanel in the face with a kick ball?
  1. I've always wanted to have a crazy place to go to everyday with so much fun stuff to do... it eventually evolved into becoming the Fantasy Factory.

  2. I'm always working on community projects. My focus is building public skate parks.. a ton of cool ones will be under construction this year.

  3. I felt genuinely and completely terrible.

What's a stunt/trick that you could do over and over again without it getting boring?

crazy basketball shots

Whats one thing you still want to accomplish in your career that you havent had the chance to do yet?

More things than I could ever begin to list.

What's your favorite TV show you've been a part of?

Fantasy Factory

During the filming of the episode of "Rob & Big" where you were obsessed with sacred g, I noticed you did have some winning tickets, how much money did you win off the quick pick lottery tickets?

I won like 60 bux.. The sacred g did not help me become a multi millionaire by winning the lottery

How do you feel about the recent boom in longboarding? Do you feel it could help people who are serious about skating make the transition to skateboarding? (When I say longboarding, I'm talking about serious longboarding. Not campus cruising)

I'm down for anyone who wants to skate in any shape or form, whether that be longboarding, street skating, vert etc... I just love skateboarding

Question about the Fantasy Factory: What do you guys do there when you're not filming an awesome adventure for the show Fantasy Factory?

Believe it or not, the Fantasy Factory is my actual office... we work all day everyday.

Hi Rob. Im a huge fan from Wales. One question, will you be entering any other GUMBALL 3000's any more ?

No I won't. I've done many Gumball rally's and taking a week on the road is very taxing.


all real

Your up comming season it would be cool if you had a Native American guest on your show, that's something i never see on the air of MTV.

That would be cool... tell me who. Give me some names!

You seem like a really genuine person. As an extremely awkward loner, how can I be more extroverted and have your confidence?

Go get hypnotized. I promise you it will work. Be hypnotized to be outgoing at your deepest subconscious level. Trust me

cant tell if serious

completely serious.

How's mini horse?

Me and Mini haven't spoken in many years... I ran into someone who said they own him now, and told her to tell him "What's up?"

What made you decide to buy out Alien Workshop, and have there been any major changes to the structure of the company since you bought it?

I helped name AWS when I was 15 yrs old and have been riding for them my whole career. When the opportunity came to purchase it, I just had to do it.

How do you feel about Drama's progress? I remember watching him on Fantasy Factory as this kid kinda made fun of and now he's all grown up with his own really successful clothing line.

It makes me feel like a proud father. I shed a tear when I see him driving around in his new Lambo... He learned the true value of hard work and that's why he has been so successful.

How long does it take to get 1 clip of those insane basketball shots

sometimes it's first try, sometimes it's 100... you can only do it so much until you give up

Hey Rob, your shows were some of the last I could stand to watch on MTV. I used to skate as a youngin and still have the skating bone in my body, even though I don't anymore.

My question is, where did you get your sense for business? Did somebody teach you, or did it just come naturally? I know you've always been an entrepreneur, every venture you've pursued, you made sure that you had your own personal irons in the fire. Mad respect to being a mover & shaker, dude. Take it easy.

I was surrounded by entrepreneurs when I was really young. It really instilled in me the belief that you can create anything you want with the right hard work!

how did it feel to 50-50 that massive handrail in the DC commercial?

That was one of the scariest things I have ever done.

What are Big's hugs like?

It's like being hugged by 1000 pillows

What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you to sign? What would you consider your biggest skateboarding accomplishment? What do you have planned for the future? How did you found out about Reddit?

  1. The weirdest thing is seeing a lady tattoo my signature on her after I told her not to, she also had my face tattooed along with D.Y.R.D.E.K?

  2. The skateplaza movement and my foundation.

Are there some days where you wake up, and you suddenly realize "I'm famous."? Like, you already know that you're famous, but you didn't really FEEL it until that moment.

All the time

Why were you at Intel? Are you working with them on something new?

what are you doing, spying on me? I might be working on a little bit of secret stuff with Intel...

Who came up with the idea for Rob and Big, or did it just kind of blossom from your Bromance?

I wrote the idea initially for the DC video. It was a skit based on the fact that I got so annoyed by getting kicked out of spots by security guards, that I hired my own security. It blossomed into a TV show with the help of Ruben Fleischer and Shane Nickerson.

Dyrdek ? ..... Dyrdek ?

Every. Single. Day.

In the episode with John Mayer("Local Celebrity Almost Dies!"), where you guys got dapper as fuck & went out for a classy night out on the town, did you guys sex those 2 cougars that were your dates?

I did not. You make it sound so dirty.

I heard you donated money to build a skate park in my hometown. I don't skate but thank you so much!! It means a lot to all of us.

Making it happen! Where is your hometown?

What exactly does Big Cat do nowadays? Is he still awkward? hahah

He is the head judge for Street League Skateboarding. He also has a clothing hustle called Born A Lion

Who was your favorite guest on fantasy factory and how was working with Freddie Wong?

There were so many good ones, it's hard to pick... FreddieW is so creative, I would work with him again.

What was the big inspiration for you to master the art of skateboarding?

It was all I could think about and all I wanted to do.

is street league still a thing?

Most definitely. The 2013 season will be starting soon.

Does Big Cat have any cats? If so, how many?

0 cats

Do you go on Reddit often? Will you still use Reddit after the IAMA?

I will definitely be returning more!

How's your monster tattoo?

non existant

Where do I get a Laptop like the one on Ridiculousness?

the mega mall

Which cap is your all time favorite?

The Dyrdek Collection hats are so sick

Did you really own a time machine at one point?

I did

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Rob Dyrdek conducted on Reddit on 2013-02-14. The Reddit AMA can be found here.