Kassem G

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Kassem G
Kassem G Dance Showdown.jpg
Gharaibeh on Season 3 of Dance Showdown
Born Kassem Gharaibeh
(1983-10-10) October 10, 1983 (age 34)
Amman, Jordan
Occupation Internet personality, comedian, actor
Years active 2008–present
Home town Newbury Park, California, United States
Internet information
Web alias(es) KassemG
Web hosting service(s) YouTube

Kassem Gharaibeh (Arabic: قاسم الغرايبة‎; born October 10, 1983), known by his stage name Kassem G, is an American[1] comedian and actor, best known for his online content. His YouTube channel, "KassemG", hosts several hundred videos, most notably the California On, Going Deep and Street Music webseries.[2] As of May 26, 2017, Gharaibeh has almost 2.5 million YouTube subscribers and 441 million video views,[3] and a secondary channel, "KassemGtwo", has less than a half million subscribers.[4] He won the 2013 Streamy Award for Best Host for his work on California On.

Early life[edit]

Gharaibeh was born in Amman to Jordanian parents. He lived in Saudi Arabia at a very young age then moved to Florida when he was four years old.[2][5] He grew up in Ventura County, California.

Career[edit]

Before his YouTube career, Gharaibeh was working at a Best Buy and doing stand-up comedy on the weekends, mostly performing in small venues like restaurants. He got the idea to start making YouTube videos when his friend Cory Williams had a video that went viral. After working in retail for 10 years, Gharaibeh finally quit his job and began making videos full-time.[5]

In June 2011 and January 2012, he guest hosted the popular web series Equals Three, created by Ray William Johnson.[6][7] In 2011, he co-starred in the YouTube film, Agents of Secret Stuff starring Ryan Higa as Mr. Anderson.

He won the 2013 Streamy Award for Best Host, beating out four other nominees including Larry King.[8]

He has appeared on the cannabis culture-oriented podcast Getting Doug with High six times. He also appeared in a brief role in the 2014 film Transformers: Age of Extinction.[9]

In 2009, he co-founded Maker Studios along with Shay Butler and Lisa Donovan.[10] On March 24, 2014, Maker Studios accepted a buyout offer from The Walt Disney Company for $500 million, rising to $950 million if financial milestones were met.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partners Project". partnersproject.com. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "KassemG Exclusive Interview: The Partners Project Ep.5". Partnersproject.com. 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "KassemG". YouTube. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "KassemGtwo". YouTube. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20130222003325/http://www.digmagonline.com/features/a-comedian-s-youtube-success-1.2151473. Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ RayWilliamJohnson (June 13, 2011). "Schindler's Geese". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ RayWilliamJohnson (January 13, 2012). "Hole People". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ "3rd Annual Winners & Nominees". The Streamy Awards. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)". Full Cast & Crew. IMDb. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ Miller, Claire Cain (April 10, 2011). "Actors in Smaller Studios, Making Pictures for the Smaller Screen". The New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ Fritz, Ben (March 25, 2014). "Disney to Buy Online-Video Network Maker Studios". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 25, 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ Barnes, Brooks (March 24, 2014). "Disney Buys Maker Studios, Video Supplier for YouTube". New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 

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