Samwell (entertainer)

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Samwell
Samwell 2007.JPG
Samwell in 2007
Background information
Birth name Sam Norman
Born (1979-05-04) May 4, 1979 (age 35)
Greenville, South Carolina, USA[1]
Origin Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Website OfficialSamwell.com

Sam Norman, better known by his stage name Samwell[2] is an entertainer whose hit video "What What (In the Butt)" made him an Internet celebrity.[3] He is openly gay.[4]

Early years

Samwell was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.[1]

Career

Samwell is unsigned, but for a time his "What What (In the Butt)" was licensed through Fatboy Slim's record label, Southern Fried Records. The "What What (In the Butt)" video is licensed through Brownmark Films.

The song was used extensively in the South Park season 12 episode "Canada on Strike", which featured a re-creation of the What What video.

In April 2008 Samwell appeared on the BBC television show Lily Allen and Friends for an interview and performed a live version of "What What (In the Butt)" with choreographed dancers.[2]

Samwell played Adonis in the 2009 feature film Modus Operandi and plays the Communications Officer in 2014's Hamlet A.D.D..[5][6]

In March 2010 Special Entertainment released an iPhone App called Shaky Advice from Samwell that functions much like a Magic 8 Ball, with video clips of Samwell giving advice.

In June 2010 Samwell appeared on an episode of Comedy Central's Tosh.0, a television show about viral videos. The segment told the story of how the "What What" video was created, followed by an acoustic duet version of the song by Samwell and Josh Homme, lead singer for Queens Of The Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures.[7] In a June 2 interview, host Daniel Tosh called Samwell one of the best guests he's had on the show, saying, "I'll tell you who I loved. The "What What In The Butt" guy. Couldn't have been more of a delight."[8] In September 2010 Samwell appeared on Tosh.0 a second time when he was nominated for the Season Two MVP Award.

Samwell has a live phone call service called Special Greetings from Samwell which is available through his official website.

Samwell released a string of videos after What What (In the Butt), including a Safe Sex PSA called Protect Respect, music videos, interview videos, and a number of comedic sketch videos.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "OfficialSamwell.com Bio". Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  2. ^ a b "BBC - Lily Allen and Friends". Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Samwell asks the eternal question: "You want to do it in my butt?"". Riverfront Times 31 (9): N. 2007-02-28. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "MFF Preview: Modus Operandi". Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  6. ^ "Journal Sentinel article "The Nohl Fellows Program One"". Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  7. ^ Luczak, Renata "DANIEL TOSH IS BACK WITH MORE INTERNET EPIC FAILS WEB REDEMPTIONS AND FAN CHALLENGES AS THE SECOND SEASON OF "TOSH.0" CONTINUES WITH 16 NEW EPISODES BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2 AT 10:30 P.M. ET/PT""; Comedy Central; May 12, 2010
  8. ^ Wampler, Scott. "'Tosh.0' star Daniel Tosh discusses the internet" Comedy Examiner June 2, 2010
  9. ^ http://noisey.vice.com/blog/samwell-the-what-what-in-the-butt-guy-is-back-with-a-new-video

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