Zach Kornfeld Wiki Bio
Zach Andrew Kornfeld was born in Scarsdale, New York State USA, on 26 July 1990 – his zodiac sign is Leo, and he holds American nationality. He’s a YouTuber and a video producer, perhaps known best for being a member of the YouTube comedy group The Try Guys.
Early life and education
Zach grew up in Scarsdale with his younger sister. He is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, and his parents are named Margo and Adam. After finishing primary education, he attended the local Hebrew School, but later dropped out and transferred to a regular high school. In a recent YouTube video, he said that although he was born Jewish, he isn’t a practicing Jew, and never had a bar mitzvah.
Zach was a very creative child, and at the age of 10 started making short videos using Lego and stuffed animals.
When he was in 4th grade, he survived a car accident during which his seatbelt cut into his neck. ‘I am incredibly fortunate to be alive today’, said Zach in regards to the accident, while he has also revealed that the experience was very traumatic for him, and affected his mental health for years.
After finishing high school, he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a university degree, and graduated from Emerson College in 2012.
Zach started working as an intern at the independent film studio The Weinstein Company. While he was employed there, he was a production assistant for the dance film “Step Up 3D”.
In 2014, he started working for the digital media company BuzzFeed as a video producer and content creator, prior to joining The Try Guys later that year. In 2019, he joined the rest of Try Guys as a host of the “TryPod” podcast, while he is also one of the hosts of the “TryPod” spin-off podcast, “Guilty Pleasures”.
In August 2020, Zach launched his own tea brand, Zadiko Tea Co., which sells energizing tea blends that work as a caffeine-free coffee replacement.
The Try Guys
The Try Guys is a YouTube comedy ensemble comprising Keith Habersberger, Ned Fulmer, Eugene Lee Yan, and Zach Kornfeld, perhaps known best for making videos in which they do fun challenges, and try new and unusual things.
The four guys were all employed at BuzzFeed, when they were individually asked to do a video in which they would try wearing female underwear for the first time. After the video went viral, they decided to stick together under the name ‘The Try Guys’, and make more content in a similar manner. Since then, numerous videos they’ve made for BuzzFeed became popular on YouTube, gaining over 100 million total views.
In 2017, they hosted the YouTube Red original show, “Squad Wars”, structured as a team competition show, featuring numerous Internet personalities, including the Try Guys themselves. In the same year, they were nominated for their first Streamy Award in the Show of the Year category, and in the following year, they hosted the Streamy Awards ceremony.
In June 2018, The Try Guys announced that they would be leaving BuzzFeed, and would be making their own production company, 2nd Try LLC. They launched their own YouTube channel, separate from BuzzFeed, continuing to make similar type of content, this time in a longer format, and with more creative freedom. Zach later revealed that the decision was prompted by contract expirations, with BuzzFeed apparently unwilling to promote The Try Guys brand more, had they kept working with them.
In the following year, they published the book “The Hidden Power of F*cking up”, which featured stories from all four Try Guys as they challenge themselves to improve their lives. It quickly became a “New York Times” bestseller, reaching the #1 place in their self-help, advice and miscellaneous category.Later in 2021, they are set to host a reality TV series on Food Network, entitled “No Recipe Road Trip with the Try Guys”, inspired by their “Without A Recipe” YouTube videos. YouTube has also recently announced a Tokyo Olympic Originals series, featuring The Try Guys and the Olympic gold medal winner, Gabby Douglas.
As of July 2021, their YouTube channel numbers more than 7.5 million subscribers, and over 1.7 billion views of all their videos combined, with their most popular video being “The Try Guys Get Their Bones Cracked”, which has amassed more than 24 million views.
Zach is popular on Instagram, with his account ‘@korndiddy’ numbering more than 1.3 million followers, and almost 1,500 photos.
He is also active on TikTok, where he uploads short comedic skits and behind-the-scenes footage from filming Try Guys YouTube videos. On the platform, he has more than 800,000 followers, and over 8.7 million likes in total.
He joined Twitter in March 2009, with his account today numbering over 450,000 followers, while he’s tweeted more than 11,000 times.
Love life, relationships and sexuality
Although the other three Try Guys have been open when it comes to talking about their love life since the launch of their YouTube careers, Zach has always preferred to keep his relationships out of the public eye, which has led some of their fans to believe that Zach might be gay or asexual. However, in December 2018, he announced that he was in a relationship with the pediatric nurse, Maggie Bustamante, revealing that they had been dating for two and a half years.
They have recently shared an endearing story about their first date. ‘We wanted to keep hanging out so we both lied about our dietary restrictions. Zach has a dairy allergy. I’m lactose intolerant. But we went to an ice cream shop’, said Maggie during her “TryPod” interview.
On 30 August 2020, Zach announced that he had proposed to Maggie, but they are yet to reveal the date of their wedding. In one of the first “TryPod” episodes, Zach said that he wants to have an unusual wedding, and would like to fake being arrested during the ceremony, but we are yet to see if he’s going to commit to his plan.
Hobbies and interesting facts
In 2017, Zach adopted an Australian Shepherd puppy called Bowie the Pooch.
However, he still says that he is a cat person at heart, joking about Bowie being a ‘very weird cat’. He even manages a separate Instagram account dedicated to the dog, which numbers almost 200,000 followers.
He has a tattoo of a smiley face on his buttocks, attained in August 2014 during the filming of a BuzzFeed video featuring some of their employees getting tattoos for the first time. Although he enjoyed the experience, he hasn’t committed to having another tattoo inked.
Zach suffers from an auto-immune disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which can cause some of the small bones in the spine to fuse over time. He went undiagnosed for years, thinking that his back pain was caused by scoliosis. He was initially on pain-relieving medication, but as it stopped working, he began focusing on lifestyle changes, such as having a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
Appearance, age and net worth
Zach is 30 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, he’s 5ft 7ins (1.72m) tall, and weighs around 132lbs (60kgs). As of July 2021, his net worth is estimated at more than $2 million.
Who is Zach’s fiancée Maggie Bustamante?
Maggie Bustamante was born in Peru, on 5 November 1992 – her zodiac sign is Scorpio, and she holds Peruvian nationality. She’s a nurse and a podcast host, but perhaps known best for being engaged to Zach.
She spent her early childhood in Peru with her two sisters and their parents, and they eventually moved to Irvin, California. In 2015, she graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, and during her final year received the 2015 Nursing Spirit Award.
After Zach revealed his relationship with Maggie to the public, she made several appearances in Try Guys videos, such as “Try Wives Tarot Read Our Future”. Maggie worked as a pediatric nurse for years, but has recently moved on to being a podcast host. Along with the producer Rachel, she created the podcast “You Can Sit With Us”, also featuring ‘The Try Wives’, Ariel Fulmer and Becky Habersberger.
Maggie is 28 years old. She has long brown hair and hazel eyes, is 5ft 6ins (1.7m) tall, and weighs around 130lbs (59kgs).
As of July 2021, her net worth is estimated at more than $200,000.