February 4, 1973
|Occupation||YouTube personality, actor|
|Known for||YouTube prank videos|
Ed Bassmaster (born February 4, 1973) is the stage name of American YouTuber Edwin Rodriguez. His YouTube channel runs comedy videos where, as various characters, he pranks people or puts people into awkward situations. Bassmaster was also the star of the CMT reality-TV prank series, The Ed Bassmaster Show.
In Bassmaster's videos, he is typically acting as one of his many characters: Chip Diamond, Always Teste, Skippy, Emillio, I-Work guy, Girard Douche, a CIA agent, Swollen Man, Hacker, Tequila, Mumbles, Bluetooth Man, Ugly Face, Bushman, and Zombie Face.
Rodriguez was born in the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He describes his mother as “half Italian, half Russian Jew,” and is also of Puerto Rican descent from his father, who left the family when Rodriguez was a toddler. He left high school in 10th grade.
Bassmaster began posting videos in 2006, and gained wide attention in 2015 with his and fellow YouTuber Jesse Wellens' faux surveillance video purporting to show the destruction of the Canadian hitchhiking robot hitchBOT, whose real-life destruction was not filmed. Some news organizations were fooled by the video.
In January 2015, producers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley said their company DiGa Vision was producing CMT's The Ed Bassmaster Show, a reality-TV series where Bassmaster would play his characters and prank people as he does in his YouTube videos. It premiered on April 14, 2016.
|2016–||The Ed Bassmaster Show||Himself|
- "PSH...GETTING MY DRIVER LICENSE PIC!". February 27, 2018 – via YouTube (Note: DOB mentioned at 1:00 mark).
- Bassmaster, Ed (February 4, 2019). "Would ya look at that!". Twitter.
- Spangler, Todd (March 10, 2016). "YouTube Prankster Ed Bassmaster's CMT Show Gets Premiere Date After One-Year Delay". Variety. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- Writer, By Molly Eichel, Staff. "Why does YouTube star Ed Bassmaster want to be on TV?". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- van Zuylen-Wood, Simon (November 15, 2015). "Meet Ed Bassmaster, Philadelphia's Biggest Star … on YouTube". Philadelphia. Archived from the original on December 17, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- Eichel, Molly (March 15, 2016). "Notorious Philly prankster Ed Bassmaster's CMT show gets premiere date". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on March 18, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- "Ed Bassmaster Got Kicked Out Of YouTube's Comedy Show Last Night Like A True Hero". NewMediaRockStars.com. May 20, 2013. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- Rose, Lacey (January 26, 2015). "DiGa Duo Sell 'Ed Bassmaster Show,' Singing Series, More (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- Essary, Sarah (March 10, 2016). "First Look at The Ed Bassmaster Show". CMT. Archived from the original on April 2, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- Mark, Jason (October 31, 2014). "NE Philly man is laughmaster of YouTube pranks". Philadelphia Daily News. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- "Pranking Ed Bassmaster".
- Official channel
- Ed Bassmaster biography
- Ed Bassmaster on IMDb
- "Ed Bassmaster stuck on YouTube?". The News Record. University of Cincinnati, Ohio. November 19, 2009. Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
- "Who's The King Of YouTube Pranksters? Jack Vale or Ed Bassmaster?". Adweek.
- "Local YouTube Star Gets His Own Show On CMT". cbslocal.com.
- "The true annoying glory of wearing Google Glass to the mall". CNET. CBS Interactive.