Kassem Gharaibeh (Arabic: قاسم الغرايبه), known by his stage name Kassem G, is an Arab American comedian and actor, best known for his online content. His YouTube channel, "KassemG", hosts several hundred videos, most notably the California On, Going Deep and Street Musicwebseries. As of May 2014[update] Gharaibeh has more than 2.6 million YouTube subscribers, and 415 million video views, and a secondary channel, "KassemGtwo", maintains more than a half million subscribers.
Gharaibeh was born in Jordan to a Jordanian father and an Egyptian mother. He lived in Saudi Arabia for a short time and moved to Florida when he was four years old. He grew up in Ventura County, California.
Before his YouTube career, Gharaibeh was working at a Best Buy and doing stand-up comedy on the weekends, mostly performing in small venues like restaurants. He got the idea to start making YouTube videos when his friend Cory Williams had a video that went viral. In 2009 he co-founded Maker Studios along with Shay Butler and Lisa Donovan. After working in retail for 10 years, Gharaibeh finally quit his job and began making videos full-time.
In June 2011 and January 2012, he guest hosted the popular web series Equals Three, created by Ray William Johnson. In 2011, he co-starred in the YouTube film, Agents of Secret Stuff starring Ryan Higa as Mr. Anderson.
He won the 2013 Streamy Award for Best Host, beating out four other nominees including Larry King.