Ian Andrew Hecox (left) and Anthony Padilla (right)
|Born||November 30, 1987 (Ian)|
September 16, 1987
|Official site||Smosh website|
Smosh YouTube profile
Smosh's MySpace account
The two friends began making videos in high school, have created a variety of videos ranging from one-off skitsers and recurring serialized episodesers to music videos.. Their video, "Smosh Short 2: Stranded", soon won the 2006 YouTube Award for Best Comedy. Smosh has also made two music videos with the post-hardcore duo I Set My Friends On Fire entitled "Sex Ed Rocks" and, more recently, "Four Years Foreplay".
One of Smosh's earliest videos was the "Pokemon Theme Music Video." This 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, a title it held for at least six months.
In April 2007, Smosh replaced Lonelygirl15 as the most subscribed channel on YouTube, and was soon announced as one of the initial participants in YouTube's partnership revenue-sharing program.Smosh is currently the third most subscribed channel on YouTube as of January 2010.
According to an interview with Time magazine, the term smosh comes from an alteration of the word "mosh", an activity which is usually aggressive, practiced in some concerts of punk, rock and heavy metal. In the comedy duo's website, they describe it with other words like smack, smash and Smush, but do not discard the word "mosh". Furthermore, categorizing the term "smosh" as a proper noun, verb and adjective.
YouTube cronology and selected videography
Currently, Smosh have 4 seasons, started officially with the episode Easy Step (3 February 2007). The videos before the first episode of the show Smosh, was just amateur videos. Over time, Smosh productions became more sophisticated. These are the most viewed videos produced:
- Pokemon Theme Music Video (November, 2005; April, 2006) One of Smosh's earliest videos. Not currently posted on YouTube, nor on the official site of the duo, due to copyright claim. Is a Smosh lyp-syncs and acting of the song "Pokemon Theme" from anime Pokémon.
- Smosh Short 2: Stranded (August 23, 2006 on YouTube) One of Smosh's earliest videos and continuation of amateur Smosh Short 1: Dolls. Until now has 6 million views, approximately. The video shows Anthony reaching an "island", with other characters mentioned but not presented: Robbie and Jamal. During his stay in that island, has scored his misfortune in a blog "waterproof". Due to hunger, Anthony, along with their aforementioned characters, agree to seek a way how to eat and comes to the topic of cannibalism. In an election, lost Jamal and his friends are prepared to eat it. Jamal refuses, considering it as something racist (probably is black) and tries to eat himself, which is unlikely. After all, Jamal dies from eating himself. Robbie and Anthony, still hungry, they bet on a game of who holds his breath. Robbie dies and Anthony practiced cannibalism. Anthony eats the entire body of Robbie, that's not too much more. The hunger persists and, Anthony falls dying in the sand. The camera stops enfoncer Anthony and making a complete picture of his scenario, where surprisingly shows a crowded public beach. From afar, the original Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox observe the subject. Think help him, but Hecox finds it funny, and still looking.
- Transformers Rap (June 6, 2007; Ep. 6, Season 2007) It is a parody rap music video and a derivative of his amateur Transformers Theme (March 22, 2006). He has over 7 million views.
- Beef 'n Go (May 5, 2008; Ep. 5, Season 2008) One of the most popular videos regarding the Smosh show, with over 34 million views. The video shows a fake commercial that shows the promotion of a meat-in-tube called "Beef N 'Go". It makes references to the famous photo Britney Spears down the car, which accidentally shows her private parts; Hillary Clinton looking askance at Barack Obama; Tom Cruise at the Church of Scientology, and fetish video 2 Girls 1 Cup. Next to this video circulated a viral marketing.
- Twilight: New Moon Deleted Scenes 3 (October 15, 2009; Ep. 17, Season 2009) It is a parody of The Twilight Saga.
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Coyle, Jake (March 26, 2007). "YouTube announces award winners". Associated Press. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17799202/. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 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.
- ↑ Lev Grossman (December 16, 2006). "Smosh". Time (magazine). http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1570729,00.html. Retrieved November 23, 2009.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Times Smosh interview. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- ↑ Smosh About. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Category: Programs Smosh YouTube. Retrieved 2010-01-23
- ↑ Smosh (August 23, 2006) Smosh Short 2: Stranded YouTube. Retrieved 2010-01-23