Comedian Hannibal Buress Reveals What He Said to Tinder’s Founder That Upset Him

Comedian Hannibal Buress recently went on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show and revealed how he hurt Tinder founders Sean Rad and Jonathan Badeen’s feelings at the Webby Awards.

Buress told O’Brien that people use the popular dating app to have location-based sex and to “bone strangers.”


At the Webby Awards show in May, Burress had joked about Tinder, which was named “breakout of the year,” during his opening monologue, saying:

“Everyone’s talking about Tinder. They’re saying things like, I got chlamydia from a chick off Tinder, or I matched with this girl on Tinder but she turned out to be a bot advertising a TV show about online dating.

“Tinder proved that the most important quality in another person is not their personality, but their proximity.

“The only way you could make Tinder better is if you were allowed to do it in real life. Like if a girl came up to me in a bar and I was like, ‘No — no — no.’ But unlike Tinder, we’re only celebrating the winners tonight.”

In an interview with Huffington Post backstage at the show, an annoyed Rad and Badeen countered by saying:

“I think the world has been changed because of Tinder for very positive reasons. The jokes were funny, but I think at the same time they’re just kind of like a thorn in our spine.”

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