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Ask a Grown Man: Steve Gevinson

Pure unadulterated nepotism for your viewing pleasure.

Steve Gevinson has distinguished himself as a high school teacher, a former English department chair, and, as of this year, a political candidate. But we all know why he’s really here—he’s Tavi’s dad. He also happens to be FULL OF WISDOM, as you will see in this video.

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  • christinachristina February 21st, 2013 3:08 PM

    I knew it! I love it!

  • rafa February 21st, 2013 3:20 PM

    amazing and lovely!

  • Mary the freak February 21st, 2013 3:32 PM

    he’s the coolest. (:

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  • Morning Moon February 21st, 2013 3:33 PM

    I really love it!

  • Laia February 21st, 2013 3:34 PM


  • allydoubleyou February 21st, 2013 3:34 PM

    this is just the cutest thing i’ve ever seen. tavi, your dad is a star. an adorable star. :D

  • Nishat February 21st, 2013 3:39 PM

    “use the right metaphor” omg hahaha

  • María Fernanda February 21st, 2013 3:39 PM


  • dandelions February 21st, 2013 3:39 PM

    Tavi+her dad= ♥

    Also Steve sounds like Istavi. Haha, Ok I shut up right now.

  • Ms.O February 21st, 2013 3:42 PM

    I have a new love for the Gevinson family!

  • Serena.K February 21st, 2013 3:49 PM

    i think this just took dave hill’s aagm’s place as my absolute favorite aagm. tavi, your dad is hysterical.

  • Lea February 21st, 2013 3:51 PM

    Oh Tavi your dad is so cute this was so cute

    Oh by the way, I got the Rookie Yearbook for Xmas and it is awesome. Lots of love

  • Hedwig February 21st, 2013 3:53 PM


  • rats-for-candy February 21st, 2013 4:04 PM

    This is the cutest thing I’ve seen in rookie! Aww

  • GabbyCat February 21st, 2013 4:05 PM

    oh my god this was the greatest.

  • Claire February 21st, 2013 4:20 PM

    This wins all the awards.

  • indaslicht February 21st, 2013 4:30 PM

    steve is probably the calmest person i have ever seen

  • Sky February 21st, 2013 4:32 PM

    Tavi and Steve, you are such a great pair! I love seeing the slight filial/parental annoyance and love so present in this video. You are both wise advice givers and, Tavi, I love your trombone top!

  • anyone February 21st, 2013 4:32 PM

    Oh, they are so ADORABLE!
    sometimes I wish I could hang out with Tavi… in my freetime. But then I remember that I live in Europe and that’s not that easy. :D

  • Grenade February 21st, 2013 4:33 PM

    This was one of the best aagm! Tavis dad is so charming and his answers seemed so honest and well put together!

  • Maggie February 21st, 2013 4:35 PM

    I really enjoyed your personal anecdotes. I hope that Morgan shows this video to her crush, and then the two of them write you a thank-you note for making their love possible.

    “You won’t scare him unless you’re scary. Kiss him all over his face.”

  • superkat February 21st, 2013 4:44 PM

    <3 <3 <3

  • Manning February 21st, 2013 4:51 PM

    “You won’t scare him away, unless you’re scary.”


    • chelzilla February 21st, 2013 5:43 PM

      everything was gold. even the colors in the beautiful video haha

  • Chrissie February 21st, 2013 4:51 PM

    luv it

  • Tyler February 21st, 2013 4:53 PM

    You’re both so great; I love it. Tavi, I’m CRACKING UP at your expression after “don’t interlace those fingers.”

  • Manda February 21st, 2013 4:54 PM

    This is sooo good! Can you guys please do a series on dads of staff members?

    • Mnz18 February 21st, 2013 4:57 PM

      Thata would be awesome

      It be cool to do siblings as well : )

      Rookie always comes up with awesome ideas!

      • chelzilla February 21st, 2013 5:44 PM


  • Tavi February 21st, 2013 4:55 PM

    hi dad

  • alisatimi February 21st, 2013 4:55 PM

    Oh my god this is so cute I want to trade dads with you Tavi

  • Tavi February 21st, 2013 4:55 PM

    Steve is gonna be so happy to come home and see all these comments!

    • Mnz18 February 21st, 2013 4:56 PM

      Let us know his reaction : D

  • Mnz18 February 21st, 2013 4:55 PM


    Good to have a dad perspective on topics such as those : D

    Tavi u have a cool dad,

    GO DADS!!!!!

  • sequoia February 21st, 2013 5:00 PM

    so cute aw

  • meels February 21st, 2013 5:10 PM

    he is just brilliant

  • jessmargo February 21st, 2013 5:12 PM

    omg that made my day, such sage advice! <3

  • barbroxursox February 21st, 2013 5:15 PM

    This is so cute! Tavi, I can see where some of your awesomeness came from. :)

  • chelzilla February 21st, 2013 5:30 PM


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  • GlitterKitty February 21st, 2013 5:37 PM

    That was awesome. I feel like Tavi was just lurking outside of the camera view for the entire thing making sure her dad was doing it right, which is pretty funny. And Steve speaks like the most quintessential high school English teacher ever.

    • 3LL3NH February 24th, 2013 5:25 PM

      Oh, he does! Just figured out what I love the most about this.

      Also, the way he skirts around geography XD

  • nicholo94 February 21st, 2013 5:39 PM

    Thank you so much for the advice Steve! :) I wish my parents were like you!

  • Mads February 21st, 2013 5:55 PM


    that is all

  • Limey February 21st, 2013 6:01 PM

    OMG Mr. Gevinson! He’s my English teacher at the moment!

    • kathryn-s February 21st, 2013 6:14 PM

      I wish he was my English teacher!

  • woahmeredith February 21st, 2013 6:05 PM

    tavi was right on colbert, her dad is a “cool dad”!

  • Maya Chimera February 21st, 2013 6:06 PM

    Argh I didn’t want the video to ever end. Tavi, your dad is great! Give him a big hug for me.

  • kathryn-s February 21st, 2013 6:07 PM

    your dad is such a dad. in the best way.

    p.s. the high five was such a perfect ending heheh

    • kathryn-s February 21st, 2013 6:15 PM

      PPS: I just noticed the tag “proper metaphor usage” hahaha

  • hiraari February 21st, 2013 6:20 PM

    Mr.Gevinson, you’re too cool!!!!!

  • HollieLillian February 21st, 2013 6:21 PM

    this is so good ugh when tavi first popped up i laughed so much! Favourite ‘ask a grown ___’ yet :)))

  • Danielle February 21st, 2013 6:22 PM

    Why isn’t he recording audiobooks? This was amazing.

  • Violet February 21st, 2013 6:34 PM

    I laughed so hard !!!
    Thank you for this wonderful moment.

  • farawayfaerie February 21st, 2013 6:51 PM

    Tavi why you so cute? hahaha, that squeal and then “oh my god!” when your dad was talking about that girl ‘getting close’. aaahah, reminds me of me and my dad. Also, really good advice from the both of you! purrrrfect

  • Bree February 21st, 2013 6:57 PM

    Tavi, can I join your family? Please?!

  • cookiemonster February 21st, 2013 7:11 PM

    Can we have an Ask Tavi? You were AWESOME!!! Also, will you be my best friend?

  • wiltedrues February 21st, 2013 7:25 PM

    Can we do an “Ask Tavi” series? ;)

  • gurlgang February 21st, 2013 7:33 PM


  • OldBaggery February 21st, 2013 7:39 PM

    What a nice man!

  • Guinevere February 21st, 2013 7:42 PM

    I love this so much, especially Tavi’s reactions.

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  • onewithahippiesmile February 21st, 2013 8:03 PM

    omg that was just amazing! Tavi, your dad is soooo cool, i wish i had a dad like this! <3 <3
    also, i agree with the one who said it above, u should do an "ask tavi" series!

  • StrawberryTwist February 21st, 2013 8:22 PM

    Mr. Gevinson, You seem like you are an awesome dad! :)

  • MaddsBeMe February 21st, 2013 8:23 PM

    AHhhhh love love love you and your dad Tavi <3
    An ask tavi and Steve advice video series thing would be THE BEST
    Or at least another ask a grown man with Steve (and possibly Tavi ;))

  • Domenic February 21st, 2013 9:04 PM

    ceewwwwlllll. Though I actually laughed when Mr. Gevinson was like saying he knew somebody that had married someone after they kissed. Really cute and totally reminds me of being 14 and in LoOoOoOoOve.

  • llamalina February 21st, 2013 9:12 PM

    your dad is hilarious in that way that only dads can be.

    *high five* “Don’t interlace those fingers.”

    i died laughing omg

  • Eryn February 21st, 2013 9:25 PM

    YYESSSSSS I have been waiting for this and Tavi you’re so cute and AHH.

  • Tambourelle February 21st, 2013 10:00 PM

    This was fantastic! I know other people have said this in earlier comments, but you both give great advice! And your both really funny and super cool. Thanks so much for this gem!

    p.s. I want your dress Tavi!!

  • Maddie Rackerby February 21st, 2013 10:11 PM


  • Milala February 21st, 2013 10:16 PM

    this was SO CUTE!

  • JillianYvette February 21st, 2013 10:16 PM

    three cheers for Tavi’s dad! ahh!

  • Julianne February 21st, 2013 11:14 PM

    Tavi, you have the best dad. He reminds me of my favorite teacher from high school. Also I remember when you posted about Taylor Swift’s song “Hey Stephen” and said your dad always replies, “Please, call me Steve.” That is just so…dad-ish and wonderful. <3

    • julalondon February 24th, 2013 6:46 AM

      Okay, dad-ish is my new fav word!=)

  • lyssagrltx February 22nd, 2013 12:08 AM

    That was great!! Thanks Tavi and your rad Dad.

    Ps. Please get John or Hank Green to do ask a grown man.

  • Jasmine February 22nd, 2013 1:10 AM

    I wish I had such a loving and awesome father! Props Mr. G! lolz

  • noahmayy February 22nd, 2013 1:48 AM

    i was wearing a face mask watching this and cracked up (literally and figuratively)

    tavi’s dad-

  • ivoire February 22nd, 2013 2:22 AM

    laughing my ass off
    steve is such a funny guy
    he’s super duper

    (my haiku about this video)

  • CariStereo February 22nd, 2013 2:38 AM


  • whodatgal February 22nd, 2013 3:28 AM

    omg KISS HIM ALL OVER HIS FACE aahahaaahahha legend. I love Tavi walking in and out groaning, such a legend ugggh <3 Also, Tavi, your Dad's face when you're answering. Also, you guys together are the cutest xoxooxo

  • pez-darling February 22nd, 2013 6:47 AM

    Tavi’s dress has trombones on it. TAVI’S DRESS HAS TROMBONES ON IT. WHERE CAN I BUY ONE?

    • Tavi February 22nd, 2013 4:48 PM

      It is by Rachel Antonoff!

  • jenaimarley February 22nd, 2013 8:43 AM

    Volatile chemistry, oh yeah!
    Such perfect high-five symmetry at the beginning and end!
    It’s so cool to have both the dad/daughter perspective too!
    Loooove it.

  • 1tsplove February 22nd, 2013 10:58 AM

    OMG I love this so much. Thank you so much Steve. You are awesome.

    And Tavi, how could you keep such a straight face when he is talking about marrying your mother in that situation?? LOL!

  • Microbyte1 February 22nd, 2013 1:58 PM

    hilarious and super cute !

  • unicornconnect February 22nd, 2013 4:29 PM

    Everything he says sounds hilarious!!! He rocks!! Tavi’s dad you legend!!!!!

  • Julia Tomasdottir February 22nd, 2013 6:37 PM

    OMG this is the best thing I’ve seen in a while!! Your dad is amazing Tavi!!

  • love_soup February 22nd, 2013 7:11 PM

    tavi can i join your family? actually that wasnt a question. im joining your family.

    • Imogen_Miss_Tutu February 23rd, 2013 12:16 AM

      Why can’t I be a Gevinson? You guys are awesome! <3 Tavi I think I have a crush on your family :P I also really love your reactions at the beginning of the video hahah

  • galaxypirate February 22nd, 2013 11:43 PM

    This is swell. Also I’ve been pronouncing your last name like “Jevinson” for the past year. Omg.

  • Jamie February 22nd, 2013 11:45 PM

    Haha, seeing Tavi and her dad interact made me smile. He seems like a really great person, but then so does Tavi, so she must have got it from somewhere. :)

  • M.Rose February 23rd, 2013 12:37 PM

    Steve Gevinson for president!

  • sparklybella February 23rd, 2013 4:01 PM

    Does this make sense?

  • Ben February 24th, 2013 12:52 AM

    Tavi’s collar was like folded weird and it really bothered me! but yeah good advice!

  • rockslita February 24th, 2013 7:32 AM

    Can I say he’s cute? Because he is. He is not such a try-to-be-funny dad. I can see why you are so into him, Tavi :)

  • soretudaaa February 24th, 2013 9:27 AM

    I want to go to Buenos Aires now :’(

  • joenjwang February 25th, 2013 12:41 AM

    HI STEVE! I need to be best friends.
    Hey there Taviiiiii

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  • Emilyis April 30th, 2013 1:12 AM

    Ohmygosh. This was just adorable.

  • Radrobot June 15th, 2013 10:34 PM

    You have an awesome dad Tavi! This would be a great repost for fathers day!

  • thelilacparadox June 16th, 2013 12:10 AM

    Hands down, the best Ask a Grown Man EVER. Thanks Mr. Gevinson.