Fury with co-host Crissle West at a live taping of The Read podcast
Gregory A. Smith
November 24, 1987
|Known for||The Read|
Gregory A. Smith (born November 24, 1987), known professionally as Kid Fury, is an American YouTube vlogger, comedian, and writer. He is best known as the co-host of podcast The Read, with Crissle West.
Kid Fury launched a YouTube channel in 2010 where he hosted a video series called "Furious Thoughts". At the time of the launch, he also had a comedy blog, but created the YouTube account to drive traffic to his blog. His videos featured his comedic, unfiltered takes on pop culture and his real life and attracted a large, diverse audience. He then moved to New York City in 2012. As of July 2013, his videos had over 10 million views. In 2016, he told NBC: "As a person of color and gay man, it is three times as hard to get opportunities in this industry, so I am doing my best to create my own...I'm building my business instead of waiting for others to give me the keys."
In July 2018, it was announced that Kid Fury was developing a television show for HBO with executive producer Lena Waithe. The project is described as a "surreal dark comedy" that will follow a gay Black man in his twenties, navigating life in New York City with depression. Kid Fury met Chloe Pisello of Avalon Television, who was interested in his television writing ideas. After enjoying his pitch about a young, gay Black man living in New York, they shopped the show around and eventually signed a deal with HBO.
In 2011, Kid Fury met future collaborator Crissle West, who later moved to New York City in 2013. Chris Morrow approached Fury about doing a podcast with Morrow's then-startup podcasting company, the Loud Speakers Network. Fury asked West to join him and they named the podcast The Read. As of January 2019[update], The Read was averaging 400,000 listeners per episode. The hosts also present live events for The Read.
Fury is openly gay. In an interview with HuffPost, he stated, "I want people to understand that being black and gay is so different than just being gay...Black women get overlooked in the fight for women all of the time, so there's I think a similar thing that happens in the gay community with black gays."
In 2016, Fury was named to the NBC BLK 28 list, citing his work on the "wildly popular, hilariously snarky podcast". The New York Observer called him "Black Twitter's Kingmaker", and Ebony's Jamilah Lemieux compared him to Eddie Murphy.
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