The German word ‘schadenfreude’ essentially means ‘to derive pleasure from someone else’s pain’, and that must be part of the magic behind First We Feast’s wildly popular YouTube show. The hottest. Since 2015, host Sean Evans has literally put celebrities in the hot seat, challenging them to eat increasingly spicy wings and answer in-depth questions meticulously crafted by his research team.
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After more than 300 episodes, 18 seasons and 1 billion views, guests ranging from Olivia Rodrigo and Matt Damon to Malcolm Gladwell and Joel Embiid have taken on the hot wing challenge. And while many have failed (DJ Khaled only reached three wings, proving he’s just quitting), others have triumphed like champions.
We’ve rounded up some of the most memorable episodes to watch back-to-back, notable for their spirited reactions, memorable conversations, or legendary performances.
In no particular order, here are 19 of the biggest The hottest binge episodes.
Shaq brings his own milk, apologizes to the entire state of Kansas, and desperately asks for “lip balm in ice cubes” to soothe his burning taste buds. But can he complete all 10 wings without tapping?
Watch Lorde get poetic about the virtues of the perfect onion ring and wipe the floor with every Hot Ones celebrity who’s come before her eating all 10 wings without even breaking a sweat.
3. Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd opts for vegan cauliflower wings and utters the words that started a thousand memes: “Hey, look at us. In an incredible display of mental and physical strength, he also completes the 10 wing gauntlet without a single sip of water or milk.
4. Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie really struggles to take the wings of death (“I think I could die,” she says at one point) but pulls it off thanks to special cameos from her Birds of prey teammates.
5. Idris Elba
Idris Elba is a little arrogant (“I’m quite confident, I’m not afraid of anyone” he assures Evans) but the wings quickly put him in his place. All goes well until he tries The Bomb and is overwhelmed with a dry cough and confusion.
6. Billie Eilish
Things have gotten so heated that Billie Eilish can be seen putting handfuls of ice cubes in her mouth.
7. Tom Holland
Bubbly Brit Holland battles his way through a tough meal to conquer Death’s Wings, while charming Evans with filming stories and his failed Star Wars audition.
Singer, rapper, and YouTube legend Joji talks about creating the Harlem Shake while working on an “Asian old man power sweatshirt.”
9. Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell ate wings and discussed everything from her hubby’s wings eating experience to The right place. She swore and sipped water, but eventually she won.
10. Desus and Mero
Late night dynamic comedian duo, the Bodega Boys, laugh through the wings of death and literally wipe the sweat from their noses.
11. Gordon Ramsay
Fiery celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is getting a serious payback for all those years of sass. Ramsay is in so much pain that he has to open a bottle of Pepto-Bismol at some point.
12. Lil Yachty
In his very first experience with hot wings, the rapper delivers some of the best reactions the show has ever seen. 🔥
13. Michel Cera
You can watch Michael Cera having “mouth pain” around the 16 minute mark. Poor nice boy.
14. Peter Davidson
Davidson fights his way to an impressive finish while asking Evans through tears, “Am I the worst!? No worries Pete, DJ Khaled was definitely the worst.
15. Alton Brown
The Iron Chef America and Good food the host takes on the wings of death with the ease of a sommelier tasting fine wines. While teasing his fine palate with levels of spice that knock men out twice his size, Brown calmly explains to Evans why watching what other people buy at the grocery store gets him down.
16. Michael B. Jordan
Actor Michael B. Jordan, who has starred in everything from Friday night lights at Black Pantheris hot, but Evans’ wing spread could have been hotter.
17. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union brings her delightful sense of humor to the competition. Sorry for those wings!
18. Superfan Brett Baker
Instead of a Hollywood celebrity, Evans invited “the man, the myth, the Nebraska legend” Brett Baker on the show. Many fans know Baker from his The hottest Twitter Power Rankingsbut if you haven’t seen him reprise the show, you have to.
19. Guy Fieri
Let the illustrious mayor of Flavortown show you how it’s done.