8 June 1988 |
|Occupation||comedian, writer, director|
Sam Baron (born 8 June 1988) is a comedian and film-maker from Cambridge, England.
His first feature film, Can You Survive a Week in Paradise?, was screened at the Cambridge Arts Picture House in 2004. Throughout his teenage years, he directed many short films, often co-written with collaborator Raphael von Blumenthal. With the advent of YouTube came some recognition from a larger audience, and he moved into developing webisodes for several shows which eventually evolved into television pilots. His videos have now had over 4 million hits online, and he is currently writing several feature films.
In March 2006 he co-wrote and starred in a UK response to the Saturday Night Live rap video "Lazy Sunday" which became successful on the internet. It received praise from Saturday Night Live writer Jorma Taccone and "Lazy Monday" creators Mark Feuerstein and Sam Friedlander, and a clip from the video was featured on CNN. Later that year, the duo performed the song live on the BBC show Let Me Entertain You.
In 2007 they were commissioned by MTV to create an awareness video about global warming for the MTV Switch campaign. The video, produced by Mark Whelan and Cake Group Ltd., was shown around the world Al Gore’s Live Earth events in 2007, and screened on MTV worldwide. The video, a rap about climate change, also became a popular viral video on the internet.
He continued making videos for YouTube for several years, finding large-scale success again in 2011 with a video for the band Emily and The Woods, which has received over 2,000,000 hits. In recent years he has shifted his focus from online releases to film festivals and other public screenings, although he still has a website where his short films are available to download.