|Total views||6+ billion|
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of September 7, 2018.|
Dude Perfect is an American sports entertainment group which routinely upload videos to YouTube. The group consists of twins Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones, and Tyler Toney, which all of whom are former high school basketball players and college roommates at Texas A&M University. The members of the group hold several Guinness World Records. Their YouTube videos have garnered over 6 billion views total and their flagship channel, "Dude Perfect," has over 36 million subscribers as of November 12, 2018[update]. The channel is the 7th most subscribed channel overall, the most subscribed channel in the United States, and the 2nd most subscribed sports channel on YouTube.
The most popular content created by Dude Perfect consists primarily of videos depicting various trick shots and stunts cut together and set to an upbeat music. The group also regularly uploads videos of "battles," where the individual members of Dude Perfect compete against one another in a good-natured game or contest usually featuring elements and creative spins on different sports and a unique set of rules. A series of short comedy/satire videos called "Stereotypes," depicts Toney, Jones, Hilbert, the Cotton twins and others acting out humorous scenarios intended to ring true of common experiences and situations. On January 8, 2018, Dude Perfect launched a series called "Overtime," which mixes the lighthearted aspects of their other videos in a talk show parody format.
Early years and formation
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. Within a week, the video received 200,000 views. Afterwards, a trick shot video from the Christian summer camp Sky Ranch was released, which now has over 18 million views; for every 100,000 views the video received, Dude Perfect pledged to sponsor a child from Compassion International. 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.
Popular follower increase
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. Dude Perfect also worked with Green Bay Packers 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, Ryan Swope, volleyball star Morgan Beck, Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Johnny Manziel at Kyle Field, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the U. S. Olympic team, NASCAR drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Travis Pastrana, James Buescher and IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the Seattle Seahawks, and St Louis Rams players Greg Zuerlein, Johnny Hekker, Jacob McQuaide, tennis player Serena Williams and Country singer Luke Bryan. The team traveled to the United Kingdom to film a video with players of Manchester City F.C., Arsenal F.C. and Chelsea F.C..
Launch of mobile app, draft, television show
In 2011, Dude Perfect launched a mobile game for iOS and Android, self-titled Dude Perfect. Later, they released Dude Perfect 2, and other games called Endless Ducker and That's Lit. 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. 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.
In 2009, the group set the world record for the longest basketball shot after shooting from the third deck of Kyle Field. 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. In March 2011, Dude Perfect unofficially[a] extended the record with a shot from the top of NRG Stadium, which lasted 5.3 seconds. 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. In 2018, Dude Perfect broke the record for longest lego walk (barefoot) and longest pea blow (one breath) in Overtime episodes 2 & 3. Their 2017 video Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 was named No. 3 on YouTube's list of the top 10 trending videos of 2017.
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, though experts contacted by GMA stated they were unable to find evidence of the tricks being fake. Regarding the doubts, Cody 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." Tyler Toney and the Cotton twins have stated that it takes multiple attempts when filming before successfully converting the final shots.
- ^[a] Guinness World Records has 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 (now Talking Stick Resort Arena) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on November 11, 2013.
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