An accident that nearly ended Adam DeVine’s life also sparked the beginning of his comedy career.
DeVine spoke to Dax Shepard about the accident that wound him up in a medically-induced coma and had doctors wondering if his legs should be amputated. The “Pitch Perfect” actor was only 11-years-old at the time of the incident.
“[My friend and I are] going to the convenience store. My buddy was across the street and yelled, ‘Come on!’ And I took that as ‘the coast is clear, come on,’” DeVine told the “Armchair Expert” podcast on Monday. “I grew up in the suburbs so new houses were being built every day.”
“Three cement trucks were going down the hill and two were coming down at the exact same time,” he continued. “After the third one passed going up the hill on my side of the street I walk out with my bicycle and was hit by the cement truck coming down the other side.”
The injuries he sustained were horrifying. “Taken under the wheel, spit out,” he said. “Broke everything from my waist down besides my right femur and then crushed everything from the knees down and took it all my skin off.”
“It hurt a lot, even with all the drugs,” DeVine said. “Every adult in my life is standing over me just crying. My dad is like a tough guy. Never saw him cry and then he’s like shaking and bawling. That’s when I knew it was real.”
“What happens when you have a traumatic event like that is that my body went into shock,” he added. “I can’t remember a few hours beforehand and then two weeks afterwards because I was in a medically induced coma.”
It was actually the aftermath of this accident that planted the seeds of what would blossom into a fruitful comedy career. “I think that’s kind of why I got into comedy,” DeVine shared. “After that I couldn’t do anything, anytime anyone would make fun of me.”
“My dad was like, ‘You can’t get into fights so you gotta punch them back with your words, think of some funny things to say back to them,'” he revealed. “I would go home and write in notebooks possible mean things that people could say to me and retorts.”
“I had notebooks and notebooks full of slams on these kids and I would just annihilate them and no one can beat up the kid in the wheelchair who can’t defend himself,” he laughed.
DeVine next stars in the films “Jexi”, “Magic Camp” and “Extinct”, as well as the the television series “Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Righteous Gemstones”.