Ed Bassmaster

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Ed Bassmaster
Edwin Rodriguez
OccupationYouTube personality, actor
Known forYouTube prank videos
ChildrenMacy, Jake, Cameron, Keegan

Ed Bassmaster is the stage name of America and YouTube personality Edwin Rodriguez.[1] His YouTube channel runs comedy videos where, as various characters, he pranks people or puts people into awkward situations. Bassmaster is 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; 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.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Rodriguez 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.[2] He left high school in 10th grade.[2]


Bassmaster began posting videos in 2006, and gained wide attention in 2015 with his and partner 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.[3]

During the YouTube Comedy Week live event in 2013, Skippy, one of Bassmaster's characters, went on stage unannounced and was kicked out of the event.[4]

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.[5] It premiered on April 14, 2016.[6]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2014, Rodriguez is a married father of four who lives in the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[7][3] His younger sister also makes YouTube videos documenting her life as a blind person.[8]



Year Film Role Notes
2016– The Ed Bassmaster Show Himself


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "BreakingBlind: Pranking Ed BassMaster at his 40th Birthday Party".

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