Evan Starkman is best known as a competitor on the MTV reality game shows Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat, The Duel, The Gauntlet III, The Duel 2, and The Ruins. He won The Duel 2 and The Ruins. Unlike many of his competitors, he never appeared on the Real World or Road Rules; he was discovered at an open casting call and appeared on Fresh Meat in 2006. He hosted the RW/RR Spring Break Challenge in March 2010 with Paula Meronek.

Before appearing on Fresh Meat, Starkman went to college at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York[1] on a scholarship where he majored in Liberal Arts and played hockey.[2] He was born in Canada[3] and moved to the United States to attend college. He auditioned for Fresh Meat during his junior year, and took a break from school to attempt the challenge.

Fresh Meat[]

On Fresh Meat, Starkman was paired with Coral Smith, one of the alumni of the RW/RR Challenges, and quickly became a fierce competitor who was viewed as a threat to other teams. Unfortunately, he suffered from a hernia in episode 5 and he and Smith, who also obtained injuries during the show, were removed from the competition in episode 11. Starkman and Smith won 5 of the 10 challenges they appeared in.[4]

The Duel[]

The Duel began in late 2006 and ended early 2007, and was Starkman's second RW/RR Challenge. He won 6 out of the 13 challenges he competed in, and was defeated by CT Tamburello in the Ascender duel in the 13th episode. Starkman won four challenges in a row, from episodes 9-12, and was quickly taken into the duel afterwords.[5]

The Gauntlet III[]

Starkman's Veteran team on The Gauntlet III fought for control of the competition up until the end, and won 10 of the 16 challenges. At the final challenge, however, Eric Banks, a member of the veteran team, ended up in the hospital before finishing the challenge. The rules of the game forced the Veterans to lose because not all of the players in the team finished together.[6]

The Duel 2[]

The Duel 2 ended with victory for Starkman. This was his first RW/RR Challenge win. He won two of ten challenges, and went into the Duel three times, each time eliminating the player he was up against. He won $100,000 after a close race with Brad Fiorenza to the finish.[7]

The Ruins[]

This marked Starkman's second win in a row, this time with the Champions team on The Ruins. The Champions dominated the competition throughout its entirety, winning 9 of the 10 challenges. He never appeared in the Ruins, and was accompanied by Derrick Kosinski, Johnny Devenanzio, Kenny Santucci, and Susie Meister in the final challenge. He won a total of $51,293 from The Ruins.[8]

Other Work[]

Starkman started a clothing line with one of his personal friends and a previous RW/RR Challenge teammate, Kenny Santucci. The line is called Suck Yeah and debuted in 2009.[9] He also began Branch Out Clothing before Suck Yeah, a clothing company that focuses on sending positive messages into the world - "...When you wear Branch Out apparel you are taking the first step to spreading a positive message. You are joining a movement to change the way people think, the way people feel and the way the world works,"[10] and sending most of the profits to charity.[11] The company has featured projects that they promote and donate to regularly.[12]


  1. "Fresh Meat: Cornell's Evan Starkman talks about his MTV...". Sports Illustrated. May 8, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  2. "Exclusive Interview: Evan Starkman, Contestant on MTV's The Duel (Part 2)". 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  3. "TV Talk: Evan from The Duel". Dose. November 22, 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
  4. "Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  5. "Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  6. "Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet III | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  7. "RW/RR Challenge: The Duel 2 | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  8. "RW/RR Challenge: The Ruins | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  9. "More with Evan Starkman of The Duel 2 - TV Casualty". Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  10. "Branch Out Clothing". Branch Out Clothing. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  11. "Branch Out Clothing". Branch Out Clothing. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  12. "When He Stopped Being Polite and Started Being Real". The Cornell Daily Sun. February 23, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2010. 

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