August 5, 1981 |
|Other names||DudeLikeHella, Mr. Safety, SMP, SMP Films|
|Years active||1999, 2005 – present|
|Known for||Internet videos|
|Notable work(s)||"The Mean Kitty Song"|
|Height||6'3" (190.5 cm)|
|Web alias(es)||Mr. Safety of SMP Films,
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube|
|Signature phrase||"Dude like hella!" / "G-bye!"|
Cory Williams (born August 5, 1981), also known as "Mr. Safety" from SMP Films, is an actor and YouTube personality who, up until early 2013, lived in Thousand Oaks, California. His "The Mean Kitty Song" is Williams' most popular video to date.
Williams was engaged to Stephanie Roby (known as SMPlady on YouTube) in April 2007, and they were wed in September 2009. However, their relationship ended in January 2011, after over six years of being together and over a year of marriage.
By November 2011, Cory was dating Kathleen Victoria Elliot (known as Katers17 and Katersoneseven), his long time roommate, friend, and fellow Youtuber. They announced the news on December 2011 on New Year's Eve via a YouTube vlog on Elliot's Katersoneseven channel. In May 2013 the two were announced as engaged via a Facebook relationship status on Cory William's profile. However, in February 2014, Williams announced the fact that he and Elliot had split up.
Early life and work
Williams had previously been filming comedy sketches in his younger years. In 2006, Williams uploaded two videos to his YouTube channel, SMP Films of his first comedy sketches from 1999. These videos were "Turlock Cops" and "STOPMAN".
Williams started streaming online video in March 2005 on Newgrounds. He then developed a following by posting original music tracks to his MySpace profile, leading MySpace to sponsor him on a cross-country tour. In September 2005, Golden Palace Casino sponsored Williams, making him the first video blogger to receive corporate sponsorship. Williams is the creator of SMP Films, which was named after his friends in his home town of Hilmar, California. The "SMP" stands for "Simple Minded People".
Williams' video output includes music, sketch comedy and short films. As of April 2014, Williams' YouTube channel, "smpfilms" had acquired over 584,000 subscribers and over 233 million video views. He was also one of the first 30 users to be chosen for YouTube's revenue sharing "partner" program.
Williams also owns a secondary channel, named DudeLikeHELLA, on which he posts vlogs and video diaries showing his daily life and opinions. As of April 2014, this channel had over 90,000 subscribers and over 15,600,000 video views.
"The Mean Kitty Song" (or "Hey Little Sparta"), based on his cat with the same name, is Williams' most popular video to date. As of April 2014, it has attracted over 78.2 million views. In one year, it became the top 21 of YouTube's list of all-time favorite videos, number 1 all-time most discussed Pets & Animals video, and number 4 all-time most viewed Pets & Animals video, and is the No. 1 all-time favorite video in the Pets & Animals section. The video was also aired by CBS' The Early Show and a few other television shows as well.
Until she closed her channel, Cory regularly appeared on Kate Elliott's daily vlogs. His cats, Loki and Sparta (often referred to as Poki and Moo respectively) also made appearances.
On December 10, 2008, Williams was mentioned on the front page of The New York Times as being one of YouTube's top earners. "Half of the profits come from YouTube’s advertisements, and the other half come from sponsorships and product placements within his videos".
Television and film
In November 2006, Williams became the host of the first national TV show to spawn from video bloggers, called The FIZZ on DirecTV channel 101 in the United States. The show features other popular video bloggers such as TheWineKone, boh3m3, TheHill88, Kevin Nalty, Kassem G and many other notable YouTube users. It aired daily on DirecTV channel 101 until the show was canceled in June 2008. This marks the first time in which a YouTube user has transitioned into a television role without the aid of an agent. Williams was also named as one of the "Who's Who on YouTube" by G4TV's Attack of the Show on July 31, 2008 and also made a guest appearance on Tom Green's House Tonight on The Comedy Network in Canada.
In early October 2007, Williams starred in his first feature film role as the character "Hunter" in the movie Faded Memories, which opened in theaters on November 14, 2008. The first trailer to the movie was released on YouTube, August 3, 2008. This marked the first known instance in which a YouTube user, without an agent, made a direct transition to film acting. Williams also has a cameo in the music video "Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss" by Bloodhound Gang as well as "White People For Peace" by Against Me!.
On September 18, 2008, Williams was featured on The Tyra Show for his music video "The Mean Kitty Song". In the episode titled "YouTube Made Me Famous", Tyra Banks announced that Williams makes a monthly income of $20,000 (US). Williams's response to Tyra's comment about his income was, "The money I make each month isn't from YouTube alone but through sponsorship, consulting, and acting gigs."
On September 17, 2009, Williams was a guest on The Bonnie Hunt Show. This was also the first time his cats Sparta and Loki had been taped for television in front of a live studio audience. The topic focused on Cory's ability to comfort animals in extreme situations which led him to performing "comfort tricks" with Sparta.
Outside of YouTube, Williams worked for a viral video project called "I Got Shotgun" (which was created by General Motors) in which he interviewed celebrities on the red carpet about their personal opinions on the future of new media.
In the late Spring and Summer of 2012, Cory Williams and Kathleen Elliott (with friend and video man Josh Kanan) went on tour with indie rock musician Shaun Holton (also known as Projected Twin). The tour was a roughly-13,000 mile trip around the continental United States of America that acted as a series of meet ups and mini-concerts for fans. Following the conclusion of the tour, the group went to Melbourne, Australia to do a meet up with another friend and fellow YouTuber AngryAussie's channel on YouTube.
Williams has made all of his newer videos available to view and download in 720p HD on Vimeo, another video-sharing website that obtained high-definition capabilities before YouTube added "high quality" and "HD" features.
Williams is the founder and West Coast American Event Coordinator of the international gathering of YouTube users dubbed "As One". The first "As One" gathering was held in January 2007 in Hollywood, California; Williams' associated video went on to receive over 1.3 million views. The second gathering, held at Pier 39 in San Francisco, California, managed to attract many of YouTube's highest viewed users, YouTube employees, and attention in the mainstream press. Notable YouTubers who attended include Caitlin Hill, Ben Going, Smosh, and Paul Robinett, Yousef Abu-Taleb and Jackson Davis, the actors who play DanielBeast and jonastko in the YouTube series lonelygirl15. Another "As One" gathering was held on July 7, 2007 in New York City and one other gathering also took place on December 1, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia.
- Appelbaum, Eliav. (2007-09-13) Appelbaum, Eliav "'Mean Kitty Song' creator finds fame on Youtube.com " The Acorn. Toacorn.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-09.
- Video on YouTube
- Williams, Cory. "Wedding of Cory & Stephanie Williams". Cory & Stephanie Williams. Cory & Stephanie Williams. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- DudeLikeHELLA. "Our Change". Our Change. DudeLikeHELLA. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- Modesto Bee article. Redorbit.com (2006-11-12). Retrieved on 2012-04-09.
- Williams, Cory. "smpfilms' Channel". YouTube. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
- "YouTube Elevates Most Popular Users to Partners". YouTube. May 3, 2007. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- "DudeLikeHELLA: About". DudeLikeHELLA. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- smpfilms. "The Mean Kitty Song". YouTube. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
- Lindell, Karen (November 8, 2007). "With more than 3.6 million views, Cory Williams' 'Mean Kitty Song' is a YouTube hit". Ventura County Star. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- Stelter, Brian (December 11, 2008). "YouTube Videos Pull In Real Money". New York Times (New York Times).
- "The FIZZ on DirecTV 101's website". January 27, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
- Shea, Michael (November 12, 2006). "New Media Meets TV: Turlock Resident Attains Cult Status With Odd Web Films". Retrieved April 9, 2012.
- Dutoit, Annie-Sophie. "Faded Memories". Rocky Mountain Pictures. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
- "Cory on Vimeo". Vimeo. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- Coyle, Jake "YouTube Vloggers Congregate Offline"[dead link], Associated Press, 2007-08-22 The first notable congregations of YouTubers was held this January in Los Angeles and, more famously, in San Francisco in February, where about 100 people attended. These meets, known as "As One" and organized by Cory "Mr. Safety" Williams, drew many well-known vloggers including Ben Going ("boh3m3"), Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla (the comedy duo known as smosh) and Paul Robinett ("renetto").
- Felicia Williams The Daily Reel – As One at the Wayback Machine (archived November 14, 2007). thedailyreel.com (2007-02-20)
- "As One... THE DAY AFTER... and then some." on YouTube Paul Robinett's channel on YouTube
- "Top YouTube videographers descend on San Francisco" cnet.com
- "As One. – San Francisco 2007 YouTube Gathering" on YouTube Cory Williams' channel on YouTube
- The official "As One" Gathering website. Youtubegathering.com (2012-01-27). Retrieved on 2012-04-09.