Ed Bassmaster

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Ed Bassmaster
Edwin Rodriguez

(1973-02-04) February 4, 1973 (age 49)
OccupationYouTube personality, actor
Years active2006–present
Known forYouTube prank videos
YouTube information
Years active2006–present
Subscribers2.54 million[1]
Total views801.74 million[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Last updated: July 11, 2022

Edwin Rodriguez (born February 4, 1973) is known as Ed Bassmaster, an American YouTuber focused on prank comedy and playing many characters.[2] He stars in the CMT reality-TV prank series, The Ed Bassmaster Show.

Early life[edit]

Rodriguez was born in the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3] He describes his mother as "half Italian, half Russian Jew", and his father is Puerto Rican who left the family when he was a toddler.[4] He left high school in 10th grade.[4]


Bassmaster began posting videos in 2006, and gained wide attention in 2015 with his and fellow YouTuber Jesse Wellens's 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.[5]

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.[6]

In January 2015, CMT's The Ed Bassmaster Show launched as a reality-TV series where his characters prank people as on YouTube.[7] It premiered on April 14, 2016.[8]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2014, Rodriguez is a married father of four in Northeast Philadelphia.[9][5]



Year Film Role Notes
2012 Driver Rehab Himself
2016– The Ed Bassmaster Show Himself
2020 Guest House Mud Yodel


  1. ^ a b "About Ed Bassmaster". YouTube.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Writer, By Molly Eichel, Staff. "Why does YouTube star Ed Bassmaster want to be on TV?". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.

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