Ed Bassmaster

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Ed Bassmaster
Edwin Rodriguez

(1973-02-04) February 4, 1973 (age 48)
OccupationYouTube personality, actor
Years active2006–present
Known forYouTube prank videos
YouTube information
Years active2006–present
Subscribers2.44 million[1]
Total views762.68 million[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Updated: June 22, 2020

Ed Bassmaster (born February 4, 1973)[2][3] is the stage name of American YouTuber Edwin Rodriguez.[4] 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, Randy, Emillio, I-Work guy, Girard Douche, a CIA agent, Swollen Man, Hacker, Tequila, Mumbles, Bluetooth Man, Ugly Face, Bushman, and Zombie Face.

Early life[edit]

Rodriguez was born in the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[5] 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.[6] He left high school in 10th grade.[6]


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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] It premiered on April 14, 2016.[10]

Ed has more recently started his own podcast on his YouTube channel, which started on 31 October 2019. His first official guest on the show was Steve-O of Jackass.

Personal life[edit]

As of 2014, Rodriguez is a married father of four who lives in Northeast Philadelphia.[11][7] His younger sister makes YouTube videos documenting her life as a blind person.[12]



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. ^ PSH...Getting My Driver License Pic! (YouTube). Ed Bassmaster. February 27, 2018. Event occurs at 01:00).
  3. ^ Bassmaster, Ed [@edbassmaster] (February 4, 2019). "Would ya look at that!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Writer, By Molly Eichel, Staff. "Why does YouTube star Ed Bassmaster want to be on TV?". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Pranking Ed Bassmaster".

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