Steven Blake Crowder (born July 7, 1987) is an American-Canadian conservative political commentator, actor, and comedian.[40] He is the host of Louder with Crowder, a podcast covering news, pop culture, and politics, streamed on YouTube and Conservative Review's streaming service CRTV; at LouderWithCrowder.com, and on Facebook, SoundCloud, iTunes and terrestrial radio. He is also a former contributor at Fox News,[2] a regular guest on TheBlaze, and frequently featured on The Glenn Beck Program and The Dana Show.

Early life and career

Crowder was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan,[41] and raised in a Christian household in Montreal. Early in his career, he worked as a voice actor for the character Alan "The Brain" Powers on the children's television series Arthur. He began performing stand-up comedy at age 15. He then acted in a number of films, including the role of Doug Moore in the 2009 movie To Save a Life. Later, he became a frequent guest as an opinion panelist on television news programs, first appearing on Fox News at the age of 21. From 2009 to 2013, Crowder worked for Fox News, from which he lost his contract in 2013 soon after criticizing Fox in a radio interview. Crowder posts opinion and news videos, as well as political satire, to his YouTube channel.[42][43]

Political activity

By 2009, Crowder regularly posted satirical videos on politically conservative media, including Pajamas Media[5] and later at Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood. Crowder served as the master of ceremonies at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference,[39] and generated some controversy with a rap video he premiered at CPAC 2012.[7] In October 2012, Crowder's YouTube video parodying Lena Dunham's ad endorsing Barack Obama was mentioned in the conservative magazine The American Spectator.[8] In 2016, Crowder created a short video for the educational website Prager University in which he criticizes democratic socialism.[39]

December 2012 union protest

In December 2012, Crowder and members of Americans for Prosperity were involved in an altercation at a demonstration in Michigan concerning the state's recently passed right-to-work law. The incident began with an attempt by union activists to tear down the Americans for Prosperity tent, which was eventually successful. During the altercation, Crowder was punched several times by a union activist. A video of the incident released by Crowder was found to have been selectively edited, as Crowder cut footage of the alleged assailant being pushed to the ground and getting back up, right before throwing the punches at Crowder.[39] Crowder then released an unedited copy of the video.[11]

An AFL–CIO spokesman, Eddie Vale, stated that the organization did not condone the tearing down of the Americans for Prosperity tent or the violence against Crowder and his group.[39]

In March 2013, Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III declined to press charges against anyone involved in the December 2012 altercation. According to Dunnings, his office was originally sent an edited version of the video of Crowder's altercation. However, upon reviewing the unedited version, the prosecutor's office decided not to pursue the case. Dunnings stated that "It's pretty clear the person that they wanted to charge was acting in self-defense."[39]

After Fox News

In October 2013 Fox News dropped Crowder. This was announced shortly after Crowder made negative statements about Fox News host Sean Hannity.[2] In 2017, the Louder with Crowder program became a daily program featured on Conservative Review's new streaming service, CRTV.

On November 9, 2017, has reached one million subscribers.

Personal life

Crowder was married in August 2012, and wrote about the benefits of remaining abstinent prior to his marriage.[15] Crowder is a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA) and participates in martial arts competitions. He was a proponent for the legalization of MMA in New York.

Crowder is a Christian.

Filmography

YearFilmRole
2000–2001ArthurAlan 'The Brain' Powers (voice)
2000Arthur's Perfect ChristmasAlan 'The Brain' Powers (voice)
2001Two SummersFriend
2004Arthur's HalloweenAlan 'The Brain' Powers (voice)
20053 NeedlesDepanneur Manager
2006The CovenantParty Kid
2007The SecretClassroom Boy
2008Bend & BreakBlake
2008The Velveteen RabbitBaseball Boy #1
2009To Save a LifeDoug Moore