That Guy with the Glasses
Doug Walker in 2008
|Type of site||Web series (entertainment reviews and comedy)|
|Launched||April 20, 2008|
That Guy with the Glasses is a website that primarily showcases satirical reviews of movies, television shows, popular music, comics and video games. It primarily stars Douglas Darien "Doug" Walker (born November 17, 1981 in Chicago) as "That Guy with the Glasses". The founder and administrator of the site is Michael Michaud, CEO of the parent company Channel Awesome. The site was launched in April 2008 after the original videos were removed from YouTube following complaints of copyright infringement.
The website is home to several series, starring Douglas Walker and others. The main Walker series are 5 Second Movies (hyper-edited feature films), Nostalgia Critic (scene-by-scene reviews of films and television, later including more recent movies as well), Ask That Guy with the Glasses (a comedy question and answer show) and Bum Reviews (humorous plot summaries of recently released feature films). Other videos and written articles are hosted on the site, including some minor series and sketches starring Walker. Videos are now hosted by blip.tv after problems with earlier provider Revver.
Doug Walker's first appearance on the web was on the video website YouTube, in which he created satirical video reviews of films and other media entertainment of the past and present. Initially, Walker viewed making the videos as a side hobby, rarely interacting with his fans and did not even reveal his real name until a video responding to the Northern Illinois University shooting. The series drew complaints from major studios like 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate over alleged copyright infringement. This led to his video content being taken off the website. Walker attempted to re-upload his content by assigning each video a new, separate channel so that if one were deleted, the others would be left intact. However, due to continuing issues with YouTube, Walker decided to leave the website altogether and create the website That Guy with the Glasses with webmaster Mike Michaud. Michaud had created the sites' parent company, Channel Awesome, after he and two others were laid off from Circuit City in 2007. Michaud has stated, "If we didn't lose our jobs, [the business] wouldn't have happened anytime soon."
The site was re-launched in April 2008, and all of Walker's future videos would only be posted there. The site later exploded featuring content from various other contributors. In December 2008, Walker appeared in a commercial for the PBS documentary Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, performing a series of brief imitations of famous comedians, from Charlie Chaplin to Stephen Colbert. In 2009, Doug and Rob Walker and Brian Heinz produced an iRiff of The Lion King for RiffTrax. In March 2009, the iRiff was chosen as the winner of the website's RiffTrax Presents contest. The performers received $1,000 and, with instruction from Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, recorded a commentary for the film Batman Forever.
The Nostalgia Critic shows average 100,000 to 300,000 viewers per week, and the site as a whole receives 1 million page views per month. This is expected to increase following content-provider Blip.tv's deal with YouTube in July 2009. As of July 2009, the site earns more than $10,000 per month in advertising revenue and has received more than $11,000 in online donations, with the company expecting to earn $150,000 by the end of the year. In the third quarter of the 2009 Fiscal year, Walker's shows earned $53,000, including $32,000 from the Nostalgia Critic alone. This revenue was generated by run of network from Puma and Starburst. The success of his shows has allowed Walker to make a living performing and to quit his previous job as an illustrator, as well as pay the salary of co-founder/COO Mike Ellis.
Channel Awesome has plans to build on the success of That Guy with the Glasses with a network of new websites including Bar Fiesta (covering Chicago entertainment and nightlife), Blistered Thumbs (a spin off incorporating the current site's video game content) and InkedReality (anime, manga, and comic books). Michaud told the Chicago Sun-Times that he has 300 new show ideas in the works, intends to discover more performers like Walker, and has plans to increase revenue through sponsorships and merchandising.
On June 28, 2012, Channel Awesome content producers Doug Walker (The Nostalgia Critic), Lindsay Ellis (The Nostalgia Chick), and Todd Nathanson (Todd in the Shadows) signed exclusivity deals with Blip.tv, the video website which has directly hosted most TGWTG and Channel Awesome programming since they left Revver in 2008. The deal will not affect the appearance of the producers' videos on Channel Awesome's That Guy with the Glasses website, and would assist the increase of budget of the three series, as well as provide technical improvements. An extension of this deal is a Blip-run YouTube channel called "League of Super Critics" which features truncated versions of recent videos from the three producers.
First Anniversary: That Guy With The Glasses Team Brawl 
On May 10, 2009, The Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd starred in "TGWTG Team Brawl", which was filmed in Chicago, IL, and celebrated That Guy With the Glasses' first anniversary. Various personalities from both the Critic and Nerd's sites participated in a battle between the "Reviewers", led by the Critic, and "Gamers", led by the Nerd. "The Final Brawl" was created not only as a major cross-over video, but as a meet up for the contributors. One notable crossover video was a joint review with the Nostalgia Critic and Angry Video Game Nerd who reviewed a documentary about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' "Coming Out of their Shells" concert.
TGWTG Charity Donation Drive 
On December 5, 2009, Doug and Rob Walker, Noah Antwiler, Joe Vargas, Ed Glaser, Brian Heinz, Bhargav Dronamraju, Bennett White, and Victoria Turner hosted a live charity drive to raise money for the Ronald McDonald house charity. The drive was hosted on UStream, accepting donations through PayPal and offering incentives on the site such as premium memberships on the site, along with a phone call from Doug and company for any donations over $300. The drive started at 7:00 CST, and had raised over $20,000 by midnight. The drive ran for over 7 hours and ended with a grand total of $26,400. The second donation drive was held on December 5, 2010, ending with a grand total of $50,025.
Second Anniversary: Kickassia 
A special marking the second anniversary of the site was filmed in the Republic of Molossia on April 9 through April 11, 2010. In addition to the site contributors, the video also features Molossia's President Kevin Baugh and his family playing parodies of themselves. The plot involves the site members invading Molossia, under the leadership of the Nostalgia Critic, renaming the micronation Kickassia, before infighting instigated by the previous ruler who had infiltrated the Kickassian government in disguise, leads to the collapse of the new state and restoration of the previous government. A DVD of the special was released in October 2010.
The series was met with mixed to positive reception.
Third Anniversary: Suburban Knights 
The third anniversary special of the site, entitled Suburban Knights, aired in seven parts from June 27 to July 2 in 2011. The plot involves the reviewers going after "Malachite's Hand", a magic gauntlet hidden in suburban Illinois while cosplaying famous character from fantasy films and video games. During their quest, they are opposed by a force of guardians that are protecting the gauntlet, and are pursued by Malachite, an ancient sorcerer who seeks the gauntlet to restore his powers and destroy the world of technology forever. Malachite overpowers the reviewers and briefly reclaims the gauntlet—which had been refashioned into a Nintendo Power Glove—but is defeated by Ma-Ti (a parody of Ma-Ti from Captain Planet) through the power of heart. Ma-Ti is killed along with Malachite and the reviewers hold his funeral, parodying that of Spock in Star Trek II.
The film was met with generally positive reception. Much praise was directed towards the significantly better role of the other characters as opposed to Kickassia. Whereas Kickassia focused mostly on the Nostalgia Critic, Suburban Knights saw much better character development and a better focus on other Channel Awesome celebrities.
Throughout the month of December, Walker reviews Disney movies as himself. Throughout December 2011, he reviewed the hand drawn animated films, along with Tangled for technicality and Enchanted for satire, and also reviewed Dinosaur, A Goofy Movie and Who Framed Roger Rabbit by popular demand. Several reviews were posted after December. In December 2012, he reviewed the CGI animated films from Pixar and Disney, including The Wild for it being distributed by Disney worldwide, and A Christmas Carol (2009 film) by popular demand.
Due to the success of Disneycember. Walker created a spin-off series called Dreamworks-uary where Walker reviews animated (both CGI, traditional, and Aardman) DreamWorks films during the month of February for 2013.
Fourth Anniversary: To Boldly Flee 
On June 27, 2012, a teaser trailer was released for the site's fourth anniversary special To Boldly Flee, an 8-part, three-hour-plus science fiction parody film. A "final" trailer was released on August 16, 2012. The site's promotion of the special caused fan speculation about the possible end of the Nostalgia Critic series.
While Walker's intention was to officially end the show, it was kept as a secret from fans until after the premiere of Part 8, in which Walker confirmed, in a separate video, that the Nostalgia Critic regular series had reached its end (although he would later decide to bring back the show). The series finale of the Nostalgia Critic was a review of the 2002 film Scooby-Doo, which parodied the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation and was selected by fans. Walker claimed that he had not retired the Nostalgia Critic entirely, as he would return in cameos for Linkara and the Nostalgia Chick.
Part 1 was released on August 23, 2012 with the other parts being released every three days thereafter. Combining elements of slapstick, black, meta, and referential humor, with in-jokes and callbacks to individual contributors' running sketches and gags, it is a direct continuation of the Suburban Knights story, centering around a search across the solar system for the presumed-dead Ma-Ti and a mysterious space anomaly called the 'Plot Hole,' which spews out inconsistencies in time and logic, causing an imbalance.
In the final episode, the Nostalgia Critic enters the real world through the hole and meets the Writer (Doug Walker), learning that he is in fact a fictitious character. After the hole merges with the universe, the Critic, too, merges with the hole to keep it stable, thus supplying an "in-universe" reason for his departure. The remaining TGWTG critics, having survived the merging and accepting the fact that they now reside within a literal mistake, celebrate their victory in AskThatGuy's mansion.
The film was met with near-universal critical acclaim from both fans of the site and movie critics alike, despite the film's long running time (clocking at almost 3h 30m) and occasional dark tones that contrasted the typical comedic style of That Guy With The Glasses shows. The film currently holds a 7.9 rating on IMDB.
Major series 
5 Second Movies 
Walker is a figure in the "hyperediting" trend. Currently, 5 Second Movies has had a total of 131 episodes. After the 101st episode, Walker said he will only make them if he thinks of a very funny idea, because he has almost run out of ideas and he does not want to run the series into the ground and grow stale. Now, nobody on the site has uploaded anything else and the series is just there for entertainment purposes only. The link on the front page was removed during the site's January 2010 renovation. After his videos were taken down from YouTube, Walker made a video that parodied Chris Crocker's "Leave Britney Alone!" video, entitled "Leave 5 Second Movies Alone!" Today, 5 Second Movies is something of an internet phenomenon with several fan-made videos on YouTube. On TGWTG, Doug finished the series and several other contributors have made their versions and have made spin offs such as Comics in 5 Panels and 5 Second Video Games.
Nostalgia Critic 
Nostalgia Critic is the most popular video series created by Walker, in which he plays the titular reviewer. The show is written by Doug and his brother Rob Walker (born May 6, 1979). The series was initially launched on YouTube before moving to this site. It is the flagship show for Channel Awesome, which has since built on it with additional content, additional websites and the spin-off show Nostalgia Chick.
The show involves the Nostalgia Critic, often referred to as simply the Critic, reviewing nostalgic media and giving mostly negative opinions. This mostly concerns movies and television series from the 1980s to 1990s, but he has made exceptions for movies that came out after 1999 and before 1980.
The series and character gained increased fame from a fictional feud between the Critic and fellow web reviewer character The Angry Video Game Nerd (played by James Rolfe). This began with the Critic launching a satirical attack in an early video. The feud took place over many videos in 2008–09. The two characters, and real-life comedians, are now the best of friends. Walker has informed viewers of Rolfe's projects, and Rolfe has contributed to some of the Critic's subsequent videos, such as the Voice in "Suburban Knights", an attacker in his review of "Ponyo" for the 200th episode of the Nostalgia Critic, and a masked alien in "To Boldly Flee". Walker posted on his Twitter account that he will make a cameo appearance in James' Angry Video Game Nerd film adaptation.
On September 14, 2012, following the premiere of the final part of "To Boldly Flee", Walker announced that the show had ended, but stated that the Nostalgia Critic may return on rare occasions. A series of several Nostalgia Critic "retrospective" videos were released in the interim between the final part of To Boldly Flee and the first episode of Demo Reel, as well as several reviews that were previously exclusive to DVD releases.
Despite prior announcements, on January 22, 2013, Doug Walker officially brought back the character in a video called The Review Must Go On and the first video of the new run was posted February 5. The video does not ignore the events of To Boldly Flee, but instead states the Demo Reel show as a Purgatory for the character, with his character on Demo Reel being the Nostalgia Critic reincarnated. At the end Donnie enters the portal, restoring him the Critic persona and merging the Demo Reel world with the Plot Hole. The first film reviewed as his return was "The Odd Life of Timothy Green".
Demo Reel 
Demo Reel is said by Walker to be the replacement for Nostalgia Critic. It tells the story of an ambitious independent film-making group consisting of a director, a writer, an actress, and a cameraman wanting to remake famous films (nostalgic and current), and make them better with a shoestring budget. The show began on October 30, 2012 with a parody of Christopher Nolan's Batman films.
The The Review Must Go On video states that Demo Reel world is, in fact, a kind of Purgatory for the Nostalgia Critic character, with Donnie being the character reincarnated. At the end, Donnie goes through the portal, restoring the Critic persona and world, also merging Demo Reel with the Plot Hole. This also marks the end of Demo Reel, primarily due to the polarizing reaction from fans of the site, praising some funny jokes and character development but criticizing the pacing issues and lack of focus.
Sibling Rivalry 
Sibling Rivalry is the other show created by Doug as both a replacement for the "Nostalgia Critic" and Doug's solo "serious reviews" formerly found on Bum Reviews. It focuses on reviews on films from both Doug Walker and his brother Rob Walker, hence the title of the show. The show mainly consists of the two brothers debating and sharing their reviews and opinions on the films they saw, similar to Siskel & Ebert. Currently they are allowing fans to decide the format of this show. Pacing varies from the relaxed and brisk pace of the review of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 to the edited and fast pace of the Skyfall and Wreck-It Ralph reviews. While not as critically acclaimed as the Nostalgia Critic, Sibling Rivalry has thus far received very positive praise from fans, and has already become one of the site's most popular series.
Along with this new series, the Walker brothers began working on a new show to go along with Sibling Rivalry called Overlooked movies. Therein, Doug and Rob look at movies that they consider overlooked.
Shut Up and Talk 
Shut Up and Talk is a new show made by Doug Walker. It is a talk show where Doug Walker, as himself, interviews celebrities in all forms of media. In the first episode, he interviews former child actress Mara Wilson, who had previously appeared in an episode of the Nostalgia Critic.
Ask That Guy with the Glasses 
The series Ask That Guy with the Glasses involves Walker, wearing a blue bathrobe, red ascot and carrying a pipe and drink, answering questions. The narrator reads each question and Walker responds with a comedic answer, sometimes commenting on the person who asked it. "That Guy" is portrayed as an upper-class, perverted and disturbed person.
Bum Reviews with Chester A. Bum 
The series Bum Reviews with Chester A. Bum features Walker reviewing films in the character of 'the Bum'. The character was created by Walker to review current and new film releases. The character is portrayed as a hyperactive, drug-addicted tramp and cinemagoer who appears with an orange and black woolly hat over a long, dark wig. He was created after the Nostalgia Critic's review of Cloverfield. Walker loved his impersonation of Hud from the film so much, that he gave Chester it, though the origins of the character came from Doug's review of Transformers. When Doug made actual Nostalgia Critic episodes on the site, Chester would appear in his videos. His first review was released in early May 2008 on the movie Speed Racer. Walker's actual opinion of the film is presented in the end credits for most of the episodes. However, Walker's fans started asking him what he meant by those opinions, so starting with Thor, Walker now makes separate videos next to his Bum reviews and explains his opinion on the film he reviews.
In honour of the first video that Doug did for the Nostalgia Critic character, The Transformers movie video. The video is the Nostalgia Critic acting all hyperactive like the first video, and saying the plot points of the Transformers 2 movie. At the end of the video after the Nostalgia Critic walks off screen, Chester A. Bum comes on screen and says "Did he steal my act?". When the Critic reviewed Transformers 3 in the same manner, Chester attempted to sue him, but then the judge allows Chester to do the review and any other future reviews before demanding that everyone in the court kneel.
Chester typically begins his reviews with claiming that the film is the "greatest movie he's ever seen in his life". However, Chester had several exceptions such as his review of Citizen Kane, where he deemed it the "worst movie he's ever seen in his life" and The Dark Knight, where he is so shocked by the film's realism and grit that he is in summary speechless. On occasion, Chester will claim that (after describing something random about the movie) he was that same thing once, sometimes going into further detail. He also often misnames a secondary lead character with perfect comic timing. He ends his reviews by holding up a styrofoam cup and yelling, "Change! You got change!?", then after the music plays over, in about 5 seconds, he says something random at the end.
The show is opened in a similar manner to Masterpiece Theatre.
Linkara did his own version as an April Fool's joke, where "Lester B. Bum" (played by Lovhaug) reviewed a Watchmen comic. It was also shown that after Dr. Insano blew up Spoony (both played by Noah Antwiler), Linkara cloned him back into existence, along with another Insano and Spencer D. Bum. The cloned Insano said that they could not have Spencer as the character of Chester was trademarked, unless they "kill[ed] the other one... permanently," to which he was quickly told no by Spoony.
Atop the Fourth Wall 
This series, which began as a blog hosted by Lewis Jeffrey Lovhaug (Born August 19, 1987) as "Linkara", involves him reviewing bad comic books. Many of his videos continue an ongoing plot in which Linkara battles galactic conquerors and contain limited vulgarity. A resident of Minnesota, Linkara himself is admittedly a Trekker, and a fan of Power Rangers (hosting also a series documenting every season of the show), Doctor Who, and Pokémon. Lovhaug has also reviewed Star Trek, Power Rangers, and Pokémon comic books, as well as costarring in a Star Trek movie review with Nostalgia Critic. He has also done a playthrough of the video game Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force.
After his Lord Vyce arc, Linkara has obtained a computer animated spaceship, which he has dubbed ComicCron I. The ship is controlled by a HAL 9000-like computer named NIMUE (after the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian mythology). He is also accompanied by a floating robot named Pollo (after the Spanish word for chicken). Pollo is voiced by a Microsoft Sam like program, originally made out of cardboard boxes and paper cups, was recently redesigned by fans during a contest.
Lovhaug expresses a major dislike for Rob Liefeld, the Spider-Man story One More Day which Linkara hates.(he reviewed the story for his 200th episode in July 2012), and Gary Brodsky (Sol Brodsky's son and creator of Solson Publications), as well as having an occasional segment called "Miller Time" (after a marketing campaign by Miller beer) in which he reviews comics by Frank Miller especially after his prime. Lovhaug is also admittedly a feminist, expressing a major dislike of women being designed for sex appeal or who are depicted with stereotypical personalities. This does not, however, prevent him from noticing when women act absurdly feminist.
Linkara is very nitpicky about the use of the word "literal". In his January 1, 2013 episode, he expressed his extreme disinterest in the X-Men comic series. However in a later review he admitted that he was not entirely serious and did like the X-Men despite not following them.
A recurring segment on his show is "PSA Hell", in which Lovhaug reviews public service announcement comics. Lovhaug dedicated May 2012 to only reviewing PSA comics.
Another recurring segment is "Secret Origins Month", in which Lovhaug reviews comics from the Gold and Silver age of comic books, specifically those featuring origin stories on specific superheroes (including "Action Comics 1").
Occasionally Linkara will upload live episodes from conventions. Usually the comic being reviewed relates to the theme of the convention.
Linkara has admitted that the comic book series which greatly developed his interest was the Teen Titans, admittedly his favorite superhero team. He dedicated March 2013 as "March of the Titans", in which he does a retrospective of the team's history and his opinions on their evolution.
Linkara features other characters he performs as during his show:
- Ninja Style Dancer – inspired by a scene in Nightcat, Ninja Style Dancer is a ninja who also specializes in dancing.
- '90s Kid – a surfer dude talking enthusiast of 1990s pop culture. His background music is Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.
- Dr. Linksano – a mad scientist from an alternate universe based on Spoony's Dr. Insano.
- Mechakara – an evil android that resembles Linkara and speaking in a more synthesized voice. He is eventually revealed to be an alternate Universe version of Pollo who killed his world's Linkara.
- Harvey Finevoice – a lounge singer/gangster type based on the likes of Al Capone who is armed with a machine gun.
- MissingNo.: an evil entity that was bent on absorbing all of reality. It was destroyed when it failed to comprehend its purpose after its mission to absorb has been fulfilled.
History of the Power Rangers 
A series of retrospectives on the long-running children's franchise Power Rangers, also hosted by Lovhaug.
Phelous features Phelan Porteous making fun of bad movies. This show features frequent cameos from other reviewers on the website. Phelous often engages in self-referential humor, making fun of the conventions of his own show and others on the That Guy With The Glasses site. A running gag of the series has Phelous dying in a manner portrayed in the movie he just reviewed.
Nostalgia Chick 
The idea of a "Nostalgia Chick" to complement the existing "Nostalgia Critic" (Douglas Walker) was announced on the That Guy with the Glasses website in "The Search for the Nostalgia Chick" (August 10, 2008). The idea was for a female host to review female-targeted nostalgic films and television. A contest generated the winner Lindsay Ellis (born November 24, 1984).
The costume of the Nostalgia Chick initially included a pair of glasses and a bow tie worn as a choker. Ellis wore the glasses to disguise the tired appearance of her eyes in her submission. They were never real and their appearances diminished due to her losing them. The glasses were eventually stolen from Ellis' car in Brooklyn and no longer appear in the show. The bow tie was left over from Ellis' appearance in a production of Cabaret while studying at New York University (she played the accordion). Early episodes include the closing catchphrase "I remember it because the dudes don't" (based on the Nostalgia Critic's "I remember it so you don't have to"). Ellis eventually dropped this as it seemed anti-feminist; it gave the impression that the subject was being reviewed by a woman because it was not important enough to be reviewed by a man. After requesting submissions for a new catchphrase, Ellis decided against using any catchphrase in her work. Early reviews initially mirrored Walker's linear playthrough, noting memorable or infamous scenes with humorous commentary; but beginning with a video entitled "The Smurfette Principle" which noted her status as the Critic's female counterpart, she started a more broad analytical style of review, discussing the movies more as a whole than from beginning to end. This was noted in her crossover review with Walker of The Chipmunk Adventure, where they both parodied the song the Chipettes sang along with the Chipmunks, substituting lyrics about whether males are better at reviewing than females. After her last line which insightfully defended women and noted the struggles they went through to not be thought of as second-class citizens, Walker humorously responded with, "Still got that penis!"
Some later episodes have been delayed by Ellis' enrollment in a master's degree program at the University of Southern California and her subsequent traveling between New York and Los Angeles. At the time of the competition for a Nostalgia Chick, Ellis was unemployed and had not received confirmation of a place at USC. She has stated that, due to the work load, she would not have entered the competition if she had known she would be going to USC.
Ellis comes from Tennessee and moved to New York when she was 18. While attending USC, she moved between Los Angeles (during term time) and New York. She now resides in New York permanently since deciding to focus all her efforts on the show.
The Nostalgia Chick is known for creating one of the Nostalgia Critic's most popular memes, "The Big Lipped Alligator Moment", which refers to a scene in any film that breaks with the story's tone, does not make sense in context of the plot, and after it is over is never mentioned again. The name comes from a scene in All Dogs Go To Heaven where an alligator with big lips sings the song, "Let's Make Music Together".
2013 also saw "Team Nostalgia Chick," consisting of Ellis and her friends Lindsay Ellis, Elisa Hansen, and Antonella Inserra, launch the website Chez Apocalypse. Like TGWTG, Chez serves as a platform for lighthearted reviews of culture and media, but it emphasizes critical analysis and interpretation over comedy for comedy's sake. The website has since recruited seven members, most of them fellow contributors at Channel Awesome.
The Spoony Experiment 
The Spoony Experiment (TSE) is series starring by Noah Antwiler (born December 27, 1980) as "The Spoony One" or "Spoony". The series was hosted on both its own site of the same name, and That Guy with the Glasses. The primary format of the series is humorous reviews of video games and movies. From 2010, it has also incorporated some games journalism at trade shows such as the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The mascot of the series is "Burton the Robot", a robot puppet made by Antwiler. On June 21, 2012, TGWTG.com announced Antwiler's intention to leave the site to pursue his own goals though many of his fans believe it to be a result of rising tension between him and fellow reviewer Alison Pregler of Obscurus Lupa Presents. Antwiler explained his reasons for leaving Channel Awesome, noting that his tension with Pregler had nothing to do with his departure. During a commentary for To Boldly Flee he stated that "there were several reasons for my leaving of That Guy with the Glasses, the big one being that after filming To Boldly Flee it was time for me to move on and return to doing videos on my own". Despite this Spoony has still remained on good terms with many producers from TGWTG and often participates in cameos or crossovers.
The Cinema Snob 
"The Cinema Snob" is a series starring Brad Jones (born December 20, 1981). Jones plays a pretentious art critic who watches and comments on late 60's-early 90's exploitation films and pornography. The show is hosted on both "That Guy with the Glasses" and "thecinemasnob.com". Like many other shows on "That Guy with the Glasses", Jones started his show on YouTube until he was confronted with a copyright claim from the filmmakers of Nail Gun Massacre. On October 4, 2011 Jones announced a feature length movie adaptation of his Snob character. Production began in early 2012, and Jones has since been posting updates to the site every few weeks or so. Brad married his longtime girlfriend and recurring actress in his reviews, Jillian Zurawski, on April 17, 2010. The two have been separated as of May 2012 but still remain close friends and Zurawski can be frequently seen in Jones' current videos.
In a spin-off show, '80's Dan, which parodies a 1980's sitcom, he plays Dan, a man who lived in the late 1980s until he suddenly and inexplicably time-traveled to present day, along with his sentient R.O.B. toy (voiced by his friend, Jake Norvell). When he teleported, Dan appeared in the middle of a suburban street, where he was accidentally run over by a woman named Dolly (played by his wife, Jillian Zurawski). To avoid being sued, she allowed Dan and R.O.B. to move into her condominium with her. Once there, Dan forces her, R.O.B. and her neighbors Travis Crabtree (played by his friend, Brian Lewis) and his wife Mrs. Crabtree (played by Sarah Lewis, Brian's sister) to watch cheesy films and television shows from the 1980s, which only he enjoys. R.O.B. is in love with Mrs. Crabtree (whose first name has not yet been revealed), and finds every thing that she says to him to be flirtatious (i.e. during the Christmas special when she got drunk and told R.O.B. she would "stick him up [her] ass," he responded with, "Travis, it's a little uncomfortable with your wife hitting on me while you're still in the room.")
Another spin-off is DVD-R Hell, where Jones, as himself, reviews failed television pilots and one-shot specials that can only be found on home video recording. One notable example is the pilot of "Heil Honey I'm Home!".
Prior to the Cinema Snob 
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|The Hooker with a Heart of Gold||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Zalman / Steele|
|2012||The Cinema Snob Movie||Yes||Yes||Yes||Craig Golightly|
Bad Movie Beatdown 
Bad Movie Beatdown is a series hosted by Mathew Buck (born December 1, 1990) from Swindon, England as "Film Brain". It serves as a means of reviewing movies that were considered outside the normal demographic of Walker's Nostalgia Critic, the majority of which are action films, rip-offs, or romantic comedies of the 2000s. Buck primarily looks at his material with an immense attention to research, incorporating comments from actors or crew about their respective work. Like other reviewers, he has one theme month per year, which have included the films of Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal, Wesley Snipes, and prominent WWE wrestlers. In addition, Buck hosts a review program called "Projector," which looks at recent film releases in the UK ahead of their American releases (replacing his former written reviews).
Brows Held High 
Kyle "Oancitizen" Kallgren is a reviewer of art house cinema. He takes a very analytical view of the films and finds the symbolism in many portions of the movies, though in a tongue-in-cheek manner that deconstructs the underlying pretensions of much of the films that he reviews. He is also known for his passion for literature and his unique style wherein his reviews sometimes reflect the nature of the film itself. Particularly notable examples are his review of The Man Who Fell To Earth, where the script of the entire video is sung to the tune of several songs by David Bowie, who starred in the film; and his review of Melancholia, where the film's exploration of depression is mirrored by the downward arc of the reviewer's on-camera mood and recovery.
The Blockbuster Buster 
E-Rod The Blockbuster Buster is another reviewer of bad movies. However, unlike the Nostalgia Critic, E-Rod only reviews high budget films. A recurring theme in his show is a dislike for Michael Bay movies. He also has a recurring storyline with enemies popping up on his show from time to time that force him to review films without "busting" them which causes him to grow weaker every time whether it's minions of The Hooded Man to the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt to a newer mysterious enemy called "The Darkness".
One character which E-Rod portrays is "El Lover", a citywise Latino stereotype whose main purpose is to provide "better explanations" of what is going on in the film, usually replacing English words with random Spanish words such as referring to a young woman as a "mamacita".
Other unnamed shows 
In a TGWTG.com update, it was announced that along with the new show Demo Reel, there would also be two game shows produced, one of which hosted by Brad Jones a.k.a. The Cinema Snob, and the other would be video game themed and have an original host. In the Channel Awesome Casting Call video, Doug also mentioned a review show about Blu-Rays and a comic book show requiring a female co-host.
On January 6, 2011, Doug Walker was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in Las Vegas at the 4th Annual Mashable Awards, Mashable Awards 2010.
Revver issues 
Several of their most popular content providers, including ScrewAttack and That Guy with the Glasses, have also publicly posted complaints of Revver owing them vast amounts of money on their websites and began moving their content over to blip.tv.
See also 
- Dreier, Troy. "Revver Non-Payments Have Video Makers Crying Foul". StreamingMedia. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
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