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Smosh
Background information
Born November 30, 1987 (1987-11-30) (age 22) (Ian)

September 16, 1987 (1987-09-16) (age 22) (Anthony)

Nationality American
Web alias(es) Smosh
Period active 2002–present
Host service(s) YouTube
Genre(s) Comedy
Sitcom
Official site Smosh website
Smosh YouTube profile
Smosh's MySpace account

Smosh is a web-based comedy duo consisting of Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox.

The two friends began making videos at Calabasas High School, and have created a variety of humorous videos.[1] Their video, "Smosh Short 2: Stranded", won the 2006 YouTube Award for Best Comedy.[2] Smosh is not limited to sketch comedy, however. It also regularly produces humorous music videos; most notably with the post-hardcore duo I Set My Friends On Fire entitled "Sex Ed Rocks" and, more recently, "Four Years Foreplay".[3]

One of Smosh's earliest videos "Pokemon Theme Music Video." was released in November of 2005 and by April of 2006 held the title of "Most Viewed Video of all Time" with over 7 million hits,[4] a title it held for at least six months. The success of this and other videos led Smosh to be featured in the "Person of the Year: You" issue of Time Magazine, published December 13, 2006 .[5]

In April 2007, Smosh replaced Lonelygirl15 as the most subscribed channel on YouTube,[6][7] and was soon announced as one of the initial participants in YouTube's partnership revenue-sharing program.[8][9] Smosh is currently the third most subscribed channel on YouTube as of February 2010.[10][11]They currently have 110 videos.

References

  1. ^ "BB Suggests: The Best of Web TV". Batch Buzz. November 13, 2009. http://www.batchbuzz.com/detailedStoryDefault.php?id=751. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  2. ^ Coyle, Jake (March 26, 2007). "YouTube announces award winners". Associated Press. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17799202/. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  3. ^ and also "Four Years Foreplay" Some of their most popular series include the Damn Neighbor Trilogy, The Food Battle series and the Boxman music video series."Sex Ed Rocks". YouTube. 2008-11-21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_6ItxioUco&feature=channel_page. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  4. ^ Virginia Heffernan (April 4, 2006). "Comic shorts, home on the Web". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/04/arts/04iht-videos.html. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ Lev Grossman (December 16, 2006). "Smosh". Time (magazine). http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1570729,00.html. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  6. ^ Rick Aristotle Munarriz (July 19, 2007). "Show Me the Money, YouTube". The Motley Fool. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2007/07/19/show-me-the-money-youtube.aspx. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  7. ^ Virginia Heffernan (April 26, 2007). "A Big Deal: The Run-Off on YouTube!!". The New York Times. http://themedium.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/04/26/a-big-deal-the-run-off-on-youtube/. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  8. ^ Candace Lombardi (May 4, 2007). "Popular on YouTube? You may soon get a profit cut". CNet. http://news.cnet.com/2100-1026_3-6181408.html. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  9. ^ Thomas Claburn (May 4, 2007). "YouTube Begins Paying Its Best Filmmakers". InformationWeek. http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199203999. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  10. ^ Liz Gannes (August 23, 2009). "Fred No Longer King of YouTube; All Hail Nigahiga". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/mc/giga_om/print.mc?URL=/tech/giga_om/online_video/2009/08/23/fred_no_longer_king_of_youtube_all_hail_nigahiga. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  11. ^ Jon Fine (June 18, 2009). "Is This a Web-Series Model That Works?". Business Week. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_26/b4137064327152.htm. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
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