Dude Perfect

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Dude Perfect
Dude Perfect logo.svg
Website www.dudeperfect.com
YouTube information
Channel corycotton
Created by
  • Cody Cotton
  • Cory Cotton
  • Garrett Hilbert
  • Tyler Toney
  • Cody Jones
  • Ethan Chang
  • Winston Liao
Years active 2009–present
Genre
Subscribers 22 million +
Total views 3.8 billion+
Subscriber and view counts updated as of July 27, 2017.

Dude Perfect is an American sports entertainment group based on YouTube, and consists of twins Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones, and Tyler Toney, who are all former high school basketball players[1] and college roommates at Texas A&M University.

They are widely known for their extreme sports methods, including stunt-based trick shots, and are also involved in comedy with their "Stereotypes" series, in which they poke fun at common stereotypes, mostly in the sports world. Occasionally, the group also takes part in non-profitable and charitable actions, once collaborating with Make-A-Wish.

The group has commented that their shots typically rely more on American football skills than basketball.[2] They have broken several Guinness World Records themselves, and have over 3.8 billion total views and 22 million subscribers as of September 2017,[3] making them the 15th most subscribed channel and most subscribed sports channel on YouTube.

History[edit]

Early years and formation[edit]

They originally had Tyler as the main person while Garrett, Cory and Coby were also in the group. The twins then asked Cody if he wanted to join. The group was betting on sandwiches via basketball shots in their backyard, which were eventually recorded on camera, and a video of trick shots at Toney's ranch called "Backyard Edition" was eventually released on YouTube.[4] Within a week, the video received 100,000 views. When asked about the name, Toney stated,[5]

Our camera guy, Sean (inspired by Kawdel Ainsworth), set the camera down on a ledge. When he turned on the camera, Tyler was already in the frame and he just said "dude, perfect" and said that he barely had to move the camera. When we went back to edit the video, we heard that the twins (Coby and Cory) had the mindset to brand this and called it Dude Perfect.

Afterwards, a trick shot video from the Christian summer camp Sky Ranch was released, which now has over 18 million views.[6] For every 100,000 views the video received, Dude Perfect pledged to sponsor a child from Compassion International.[4] Afterwards, ESPN's E:60 contacted the group for a segment, and on the third floor of Texas A&M's Kyle Field, Toney converted a shot, which traveled 3.9 seconds, a world record at the time. The shot prompted television appearances on ESPN's First Take, Pardon the Interruption, Around the Horn and SportsNation.

Introduction of Panda mascot[edit]

Eventually, Dude Perfect introduced the Panda mascot, who "developed a cult following at A&M basketball games" when taunting players of the opposing team.[5] The Panda has even competed in a few Battles, winning one of them; "Go-Kart Battle".

Popular follower increase[edit]

Later, the group received professional endorsements and requests, which began with then-Sacramento Kings player Tyreke Evans, in an effort to promote Evans' run for Rookie of the Year.[7] Dude Perfect also worked with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, NBA star Chris Paul, Australian bowler Jason Belmonte, actor Paul Rudd, singer Tim McGraw, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson, Golfer Jamie Sadlowski, Ryan Swope, Volleyball Star Morgan Beck, and Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Johnny Manziel[8][9] at Kyle Field,[10] Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill,[11] the U. S. Olympic team,[12] NASCAR drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Travis Pastrana, James Buescher, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe at Texas Motor Speedway,[13] New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.,[14] the Seattle Seahawks, and St Louis Rams players Greg Zuerlein, John Hekker, and Jacob McQuaide.[15] The group also worked with A&M wideout Travis Labhart, and later they collaborated with the hockey team Dallas Stars' forward duo Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. They also have shot videos with fellow trick shot maestros Brodie Smith and Florian "Venom" Kohler, and YouTube singer Luke Conard. The group has also interviewed National Basketball Association stars including, but not limited to: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul, in their period as the United States men's national basketball team. Recently the Dude Perfect team traveled to the United Kingdom to film a video with players of Manchester City F.C. and Arsenal F.C. such as, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Calum Chambers, and Mathieu Flamini.[16]

Launch of mobile app, draft, television show[edit]

In 2011, Dude Perfect launched a mobile game for iOS and Android, self-titled Dude Perfect.[17][18] Additionally, Cory Cotton authored a nationally published book titled Go Big in which he shares the secrets the group has learned along the way building a business in a world largely influenced by social media.

In June 2015, the group was selected by the Harlem Globetrotters in their annual player draft.[19] In September 2015, the group was approved for a television series entitled The Dude Perfect Show on CMT, which began airing during the first half of 2016.[20]

Season 2 of The Dude Perfect Show was picked up by Nickelodeon and premiered on July 22, 2017.[21][22]

Channel series[edit]

Regular videos[edit]

Regular videos from Dude Perfect consist of the extreme sports genre. They are mostly stunt-based trick shots based on American football techniques and maneuvers, but also consists of go-karts, Nerf shots, contraptions, and more.

Stereotypes[edit]

"Stereotypes" is a satirical series where the group acts out the usual stereotypes of different subjects, such as pick-up basketball, softball, fishing, golf, driving (which guest-starred NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.), and Madden NFL video game players. In "Editor Edition" the cameramen and editors of Dude Perfect, Chad and Tim, did a Stereotypes clip on the Dudes. One constant running gag in each of the series' videos is the "Rage Monster" stereotype, where Tyler portrays a guy who goes on an angry rampage over innocent incidents, mainly against Cody.

Contests[edit]

Battles[edit]

"Battles" is a "last man standing" competition where the members compete in a tournament-style battle, usually for a trophy. Garrett had a running gag before each battle when he proclaimed, "I'm gonna make a bold prediction, he ain't winning" in reference to Coby who had never won a battle at the time, although he did win a team battle, "Archery Kart", with his brother Cory. Coby finally gained his first victory in "Giant Sumo Battle", after a total of 28 battles, when he defeated Garrett in the final round. The video ended with Coby receiving a procession, and giving a speech.

Team battles are 2 on 2 events with one judge. The motto is "they're less about winning and more about not losing". The winning team does not receive a prize, however the losing team receives a punishment. Some punishments include paint angels, drinking blended cold hot pockets and getting taped to a column.

Some celebrities have competed in Battles as well. Paul Rudd competed in "Dizzy Sports Battle 2", as part of a promotion for the movie Ant-Man. Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum competed in "Drone Racing Battle", as part of a promotion for Independence Day: Resurgence. Luke Bryan competed in "Archery Kart Team Battle".

Face-Off[edit]

Face-Off videos are featured on the Whistle Sports Network YouTube channel. In these Face-Off videos, the Dude Perfect members draw two people to Face-Off in a contest and a sideline announcer to commentate. The commentator is usually portrayed in a comedic sense, with an outlandish outfit and personality. Tyler is most often chosen to play this role, having been selected 10 times. At first, the winner received a replica WWE Championship belt, referred to on-air as the "WWC (Winner Winner Championship Dinner) Belt", but eventually a customized Dude Perfect Face-Off Championship belt was created, first debuting in the Office Golf Face-Off. However, the WWC is still occasionally presented along with the customized belt.

Coby is the most successful member of the group in regards to Face-Offs; he has competed in 7 Face-Offs and won 6 of them. By contrast, Cory is the least successful, being winless in his 7 Face-Offs.

Dude Perfect Face-Offs
No. Contest Winner Score Loser Commentator(s)
1 Table Tennis Coby 20 – 17 Cory Tyler
2 Golf Cody -3 – E Garrett Tyler
3 Hockey Shootout Garrett 2 – 1 Coby Cody
4 Darts Cody 3 – 0 Cory Tyler
5 Football Coby 10 – 9 Cody Tyler
6 Super Smash Bros (3DS) Coby 2 – 0 Cory Tyler
7 The Most Dangerous Game Toby 2 – 0 Tyler Coby & Cory
8 Field Goal Kicking Garrett 4 – 1 Coby Tyler
9 Roller Skating Tennis Coby 2 – 1 Garrett Tyler
10 Turkey Bowling Garrett 27 – 21 Tyler Coby
11 Hockey Tim 2 – 1 Tyler Cory
12 Office Golf Cody 840 – 50 Cory Tyler
13 Gingerbread House Tyler and Cody 1 – 0 Coby and Cory Garrett
14 Home Run Derby Garrett 6 - 5 Cory Tyler
15 Basketball Shootout Coby 17 - 15 Cory Tyler
Best Record: Cody, 3–1 (0.75) and Coby, 6-2 (0.75)

Toby, who at the time was an intern cameraman, put his name in the drawing and got selected to compete in the faceoff.

Record[edit]

In 2009, the group set the world record for the longest basketball shot after shooting from the third deck of Kyle Field. The record was jeopardized by Legendary Shots, who made a shot from Birmingham, Alabama's Vulcan statue, but in October 2010, Dude Perfect extended their record with a "cross-tower" shot, which was 216 feet (66 m) high, and the basket was 150 ft (46 m) away from the tower's base.[23] In March 2011, Dude Perfect unofficially[a] extended the record with a shot from the top of NRG Stadium, which lasted 5.3 seconds.[5][24] In January 2014, the group successfully attempted a shot from the 561 ft (171 m)-high Reunion Tower, with Jones and Hilbert holding the basket at the base of the tower.[25]

Legitimacy[edit]

Despite their success, questions arose over the legitimacy of the group's tricks; Good Morning America hosted a segment about the tricks and whether they were real,[26] though experts contacted by GMA stated they were unable to find evidence of the tricks being fake.[1] Regarding the doubts, Jones stated, "We love it when people claim it's fake because it makes the shots seem even more ridiculously impossible; and we get more publicity and hits on YouTube so we love the mystery of knowing whether it's real or fake."[4] Tyler Toney, Coby and Cory Cotton stated that it takes multiple attempts when filming before successfully converting the final shots.[2]

Notes[edit]

^[a] Guinness World Records has not recognized Dude Perfect as the record holder; Thunder Law of the Harlem Globetrotters officially holds the record with a 33.45 m (109.7 ft) shot at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on November 11, 2013.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Dude, perfect!' Is this really the most amazing basketball shot in the entire world?". Daily Mail. September 23, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Trick B-Ball Shots Turn YouTube Sensation". CBS News. September 28, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dude Perfect Live Subscriber Count and Stats". SubscriberCount.live. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Ralston, Katy. "‘Dude Perfect’ Becomes National Sensation". Texas A&M University. Archived from the original on January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Welch, Matt (June 18, 2011). "Hoop Dreams: Local goes from online sensation to nationwide phenomenon". Star Local Media. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Trick Shot Basketball | Dude Perfect | Summer Camp". Dude Perfect. August 30, 2009. Retrieved March 17, 2017 – via YouTube. 
  7. ^ Klimas, Liz (March 8, 2013). "You Know Those Viral Trick Shot Videos? We Talked to the Guys Behind Many of Them and They're Fascinating". TheBlaze. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ Gaines, Cork (January 25, 2013). "Johnny Manziel Made A Trick Shot Video That Is Hard To Believe". Business Insider. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ Kercheval, Ben (January 24, 2013). "Johnny Manziel has an absurd trick shot video". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ Speros, Bill (January 25, 2013). "It's Manziel and Dude Perfect mash-up". ESPN. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ Newport, Kyle. "Ryan Tannehill and 'Dude Perfect' Make Trick Shot Video at Dick's Sporting Goods". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Team USA Olympics Trick Shot Video: Dude Perfect Celebrates The Olympics With Amazing Accuracy". The Huffington Post. July 19, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ Haag, Mike (March 8, 2013). "NASCAR drivers, Dude Perfect hoop it up at Texas Motor Speedway". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Super Bowl Edition ft. Odell Beckham Jr". Dude Perfect. February 2, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2016 – via YouTube. 
  15. ^ Wagoner, Nick (June 30, 2013). "Rams Get Their Kicks with Dude Perfect". St. Louis Rams. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Dude Perfect goes to Manchester City, Arsenal". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Dude Perfect". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Dude Perfect". Google Play. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  19. ^ Payne, Marissa (June 24, 2015). "Harlem Globetrotters draft Mo’ne Davis, Alex Morgan and Dude Perfect". The Washington Post. 
  20. ^ "Dude Perfect Series Coming to CMT". CMT News. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  21. ^ "The Dude Perfect Show: Season Two Premieres on Nickelodeon in July". TV Series Finale. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Nickelodeon Picks Up ‘The Dude Perfect Show’ for Season 2". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Dude Perfect shatters longest shot record". NBC Sports. October 1, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  24. ^ Goodman, William (March 23, 2011). ""Dude Perfect" make alleged new world record basketball shot at Reliant Stadium". CBS News. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  25. ^ Nicholson, Eric (January 2, 2014). "Watch Dude Perfect Hit a 500-Foot Trick Shot from Reunion Tower". Dallas Observer. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  26. ^ Chivers, Tom (September 23, 2009). "YouTube sensation Dude Perfect's 'world's longest basketball shot' - real or fake?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Longest basketball shot". Guinness World Records. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 

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