Sam Reich – CEO of Dropout – Producer, Comedian and Writer

By | June 25, 2024

Sam Reich is an American comedian, producer, actor, and writer. He is the CEO of Dropout (formerly CollegeHumor) and hosts the web series Game Changer and Make Some Noise. In 2012, Sam was named one of Forbes' 30 under 30 in the media category.

Sam Reich is the host of Game Changer

Sam Reich is the host of Game Changer

Early Life

Samuel Dalton Reich was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 22, 1984. As of June 2024, he is 39 years old.

His parents are Robert Reich (former Secretary of Labor-Bill Clinton) and Clare Dalton (retired law professor at Northeastern University). He is the only sibling of Adam Reich, a sociology professor at Columbia University.

Robert and Clare raised their young family in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sam dropped out of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (BB&N) in 2000 due to clinical depression.


Comedian & Actor

Shortly after dropping out of high school, Sam moved to New York and formed a comedy group, "Dutch West." The group concentrated on making comedy videos for the internet.

In 2006, he joined CollegeHumor as the director of Original content. In 2009, he became the president of Original Content. As the president, he oversaw a short project, Jest Originals, a short series.

In 2014, Sam moved the CollegeHumor team to Los Angeles after founding Big Breakfast, CollegeHumor's offshoot production company. However, in 2018, Sam sold Big Breakfast to Ben Silverman's Propagate.

The company produced the following shows:

  • The Britishes for DirecTV - 2014
  • Middle of the Night Show under MTV - 2015
  • Adam Ruins Everything on Tru TV - 2014 to 2019
  • Time Traveling Bong on Comedy Central - 2016
  • I Want My Phone Back on Comcast - 2016
  • Rhett and Links Buddy System - 2016

Still, in 2014, Sam collaborated with Electus Digital to bring CollegeHumor's series Jake and Amir. Electus Digital is a partnership between Multimedia studio Electus and CollegeHumor Media. Its primary role is developing feature-length films and new media projects.

Sam collaborated with Michelle Obama and "Weird Al" Yankovic (an American musician, actor, and comedian) in music videos for CollegeHumor. In 2020, Sam acquired CollegeHumor from IAC (which remains a minority shareholder). Forbes named him a multichannel networker in its 2014 40 Under 40 list.

In 2023, Sam changed CollegeHumor's brand name to Dropout.

CEO of Dropout

Sam Reich bought Dropout when it was known as CollegeHumor. At that time, he was the Chief Creative Officer (CCO), transitioning to Chief Executive Officer(CEO).

Sam Reich is the CEO of Dropout

Sam Reich is the CEO of Dropout

Initially, IAC was selling College Humor for $100 million, a company they had bought for $26 million in 2006. However, unfortunately, no one was willing to pay that amount.

IAC agreed to have Sam Reich take over the company without paying while they maintained a minority stake in the company.

Dropout focuses on unscripted shows such as

  • Game changer
  • Dimension 20
  • Very Important People - Won People's Voice (Webby's Awards) 2024 under the video comedy category
  • Make some noise
  • Play It By Ear

Sam markets the Dropout brand through short-form videos on TikTok. In spring, Dropout plans to venture into event programming for Dimension 20. They are partnering with Live Nation and taking a four-show tour in the UK. There will be a show in Madison Square Garden in 2025.

Dropout's net worth is around $10 million. The company earns 85% of its monthly revenue from subscriptions, which cost around $5.99. Currently, its YouTube channel has 14.8 million subscribers. The channel generates around $15k-240k per month.

Sam Reich's net worth was $10 million by 2023, expected to increase by 40% by 2026. Most of his income comes from his salary at College Humor and later Dropout. He earns around $1 million annually and $90,000 monthly.

Personal Life

Sam is married to Elaine Carrol, whom he met at a summer camp in 2000. They have collaborated on the series Very Mary Kate and Precious Plum.

Carroll was born in New York and is also an accomplished actress. She grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and attended the Performing Arts school there. She then went to Mills Godwin High School, graduating in 2001.

Sam Reich with wife Elaine Carroll

Sam Reich with wife Elaine Carroll

Carrol has a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. She wrote and created a web series, Very Mary Cate, which CollegeHumor picked up in its second season and garnered excellent reviews in The Wall Street Journal.

She was part of the Dutch West with her husband Sam Reich, Vincent Peone, Matt Moore, and Josh Ruben. Carroll also appeared in several CollegeHumor and The Britishes episodes and has done voice-overs for Dorky Bits and Jo Minkus.

Some of the films Carrol has appeared in include:

  • Mad Men
  • Arrested Development
  • The Astronaut Wives Club
  • Modern Family

Carrol also acted in Make Some Noise and Game Changer.

There is no information in the public domain on whether the couple has kids together.

In 2020, Sam, who has mild asthma, thought that he got COVID. A functional medicine doctor discovered that Sam had a mold in his body, which was treatable only through detox.

Sam is 5'2" tall and weighs 61 kg. His father, Robert Reich, is worth $4 million.


Sam Reich, who turns 40 in July 2024, has carved a niche in digital comedy and entertainment. His career has also earned him a good sum. Apart from his salary, Sam earns income from brand partnerships and advertising revenue.

Due to his hard work, Sam has grown wealth and escaped the tag of "nepo baby." That means he is also not a trust fund baby. Despite what people think, Sam has worked hard to earn the positions he has held at College Humor.

Also, as much as Robert Reich held a cabinet position when Sam started his career, Robert was a professor and writer.

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