Hecox (left) and Padilla (right) in 2014
|Born||Ian Andrew Hecox
November 30, 1987
September 16, 1987
|Origin||Carmichael, California, United States|
|Total views||4.6 billion|
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of August 21, 2015.|
Smosh is a web-based comedy duo consisting of Ian Andrew Hecox (born November 30, 1987) and Anthony Padilla (born September 16, 1987). Padilla first began posting flash animations on Newgrounds in early 2003, under the name Smosh. He was later joined by his friend Ian Hecox. Soon afterward, they began to post videos on YouTube in the autumn of 2005 and became one of the most popular channels on that site. As of August 2015[update], the Smosh channel has more than 20 million subscribers and 4.6 billion video views. The Smosh team has expanded to include others to handle animated, other language, and video gaming content videos.
The Smosh channel has experienced three different spans as the most subscribed YouTube channel. The first period spanned from May to June 2006, the second spanned from April 2007 to September 2008, and the third span lasted from January to August 2013.
Formation and Pokémon Theme Music Video: 2002–2006
The franchise began when Anthony Padilla built a website in 2002, smosh.com, and made several different Flash animations. He has stated that the name Smosh came from an incident where he mistook a friend explaining a mosh pit, as a "smosh pit". Later, his friend, Ian Hecox, joined the venture. Padilla and Hecox first met in their sixth grade science class. They became friends, and quickly discovered their knack for comedy. In 2005, they joined YouTube and made several videos together, lip syncing to theme songs such as Mortal Kombat, Power Rangers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. At first, these videos were not intended to be posted online, but after they sent them to their friends, they started a YouTube channel.
One of Smosh's earliest videos, "Pokémon Theme Music Video," was released in November 2005. It followed the same style as their other earlier videos, featuring the duo lip-synching the original English theme song for the Pokémon anime. However, the video instantly became much more popular than any of their other videos; over the course of its lifetime, it gained 24.7 million views, becoming the most-viewed video on all of YouTube at that time. It held that title for about six months until it was removed.
The success of their Pokémon video and other videos led Smosh to be featured in the "Person of the Year: You" issue of Time Magazine, published December 13, 2006 and on Time.com. In March 2007, a user named Andii2000 re-uploaded the original Pokémon video; it has over 15.7 million views as of August 2015[update]. Due to the channel's continued success, and Smosh's partnership with YouTube, the two recreated the video in November 2010, this time changing the words to be critical of The Pokémon Company taking down the Pokémon theme video.
YouTube success: 2006–2012
Over the course of the next few years, Smosh began to diversify. They started making short YouTube skits, such as their annual video series Food Battle and That Damn Neighbor. Smosh continued to grow in popularity and became one of the most subscribed channels on YouTube. In 2009, Smosh prepared a massive redesign of Smosh.com, added a games section, and put extras in the video section. In January 2010, Smosh launched the "Smosh Pit" feature, a blog that consists of various pieces of pop-culture trivia, and written comedy. In addition, 2010 saw the channel launch 3 different Smosh-based web series: Ian Is Bored, which started as a collection of comedic videos by Hecox, but then turned into both Hecox and Padilla making vlog like videos, and renamed Smosh Is Bored; Ask Charlie, where people ask Charlie, from their January 2010 Charlie the Drunk Guinea Pig video, random questions; and Lunchtime with Smosh, a comedy series featuring Smosh getting and eating food from various places, and answering Twitter questions from their fans on Twitter. Some of Smosh's most popular video series include Pokémon in Real Life and If ____ Was Real. Also in early 2010, Smosh created the "iShut Up App" for Android phones as part of a Google sponsorship; it eventually made its way to the iTunes app store. In 2011, Smosh was acquired by Alloy Digital.
In 2012, the duo started three new YouTube channels, ElSmosh, with Smosh videos dubbed in Spanish, Shut Up! Cartoons, with various animated videos, and Smosh Games, with gaming related content hosted alongside Mari Takahashi, David "Lasercorn" Moss, Matthew Sohinki, and Joshua "Jovenshire" Ovenshire. Some of Smosh's most popular videos are video-game themed music videos. These songs (along with other original songs) have been released in 4 albums to date – Sexy Album (2010), If Music Were Real (2011), Smoshtastic (2012), and The Sweet Sound of Smosh (2013). In January 2013, the Smosh channel surpassed Ray William Johnson in subscribers. Smosh released Super Head Esploder X, a video game for iPads, iPhones, and iPods, in February 2013, and in July 2013 started an Indiegogo campaign for an iOS and PC game, Food Battle: The Game. Hecox and Padilla raised $258,777 to hire video game producers to create a game based on their characters and the foods used in their annual Food Battle series. Smosh donated 10% of the funds to three charities in November 2014, as well as releasing the game.
In February 2014, Smosh released a mobile app to access Smosh videos and other content from their website, and in late 2014 an Xbox One app. Also in late 2014, fan run channel Smosh France became an official Smosh channel. In March 2015, Smosh re-launched the Smosh Games Alliance, a multi-channel network where fans join to enjoy network benefits in exchange for a percentage of the ad revenue. In 2015 the duo announced Noah Grossman, Keith Leak II, Olivia Sui, Courtney Miller, and Shayne Topp, as new regular cast members for Smosh videos.
On September 18, 2014, Lionsgate announced that a feature-length movie was in development, Smosh: The Movie was released on July 23, 2015. It is directed by Alex Winter, written by Eric Falconer, and aside from Hecox and Padilla, stars Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Michael Ian Black, Shane Dawson, Mark Fischbach (Markiplier), and Steve Austin. Smosh is also giving their voices to the animated feature film The Angry Birds Movie, scheduled to premiere in 2016.
Ten Smosh-related channels exist on YouTube, though only seven have scheduled content.
The base "Smosh" channel, where the team post skits and other videos, has new videos every Friday and every other Tuesday, and behind the scenes (BTS) on Sundays. It has over 21 million subscribers and over 4.6 billion views.
Smosh Games (youtube.com/SmoshGames)
"Smosh Games" uploads numerous videos a week, consisting of Let's Plays and video game commentary shows. Padilla and Hecox appear less regularly on this channel, with fellow Smosh Games members Mari Takahashi, David "Lasercorn" Moss, Matthew Sohinki, Joshua "Jovenshire" Ovenshire, Amra "Flitz" Ricketts, and Wesley "Wes The Editor" Johnson handling most hosting duties. It has over 6.3 million subscribers, and over 1.6 billion video views as of August 2015. Takahashi, Moss, Sohinki, Ovenshire, Ricketts, and Johnson also have their own channels, which are not considered part of the Smosh roster.
Smosh 2nd Channel (youtube.com/IanH)
From "Smosh 2nd Channel" (originally named "IanH", and was used at first for vlogs and other non-scripted videos), the team upload the side series Smosh is Bored and Lunchtime with Smosh on Mondays, while Mari Takahashi releases Smosh Pit Weekly videos on Saturdays. It has over 4.8 million subscribers and over 1.0 billion views.
On "ElSmosh", the team uploads the Spanish version of Smosh Pit Weekly, ElSmosh Pit de la Semana, Honest Game Trailers, a series from Smosh Games, narrated in Spanish, and new Smosh episodes that have been dubbed over in Spanish. It has over 1.9 million subscribers.
Shut Up! Cartoons (youtube.com/ShutUpCartoons)
"Shut Up! Cartoons" uploads a number of ten episode animated series, created by different animators. It has over 1.8 million subscribers.
Kalel Kitten (youtube.com/WatchUsLiveAndStuff)
Active as a Smosh channel from June 2013 to October 2014, and titled "WatchUsLiveAndStuff", it hosts vlogs uploaded by Padilla and his then fiancée Kalel. Kalel continues to upload videos, it has over 1.7 million subscribers.
"AnthonyPadilla", hosts vlog-like videos uploaded by Padilla.
New AskCharlie EVERY WEDNESDAY (youtube.com/askcharlie)
"AskCharlie", active from May 2010 to December 2011, hosts videos from the Ask Charlie series, where an anthropomorphic guinea pig, named Charlie the Drunk Guinea Pig, answers viewer submitted questions. The show ended with Charlie being killed off.
Smosh Games Alliance (youtube.com/SmoshGamesAlliance)
The Smosh Games Alliance (SGA) is a channel which utilises fan-submitted gaming content and spotlights it on the channel. The channel also includes "Smosh University" which offers tutorials to viewers, and live gaming between SGA members and the Smosh Games crew. It has over 98 thousand subscribers.
Smosh France (youtube.com/TheFrenchSmosh)
|"Smosh"||Every (Blank) Ever
|Smosh video||Behind the Scenes with Smosh|
|"Smosh Games"||MariCraft||Honest Game Trailers||Gametime With Smosh Games||Grand Theft Smosh||Smosh Game Bang||Smosh SMASH!||Bonus video|
|"Smosh 2nd Channel"||Smosh is Bored
Lunchtime with Smosh
(one of, at varying frequencies)
|Behind the Scenes with Every (Blank) Ever
|Smosh Pit Weekly|
|"ElSmosh"||ElSmosh Pit de la Semana||Honest Game Trailer en Español||Smosh episode|
|"Shut Up! Cartoons"||Animated video|
|"Smosh Games Alliance"||Smosh University
Smosh Games Alliance Spotlight
|"Smosh France"||BTS episode||Smosh episode|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|If Music Were Real||
|The Sweet Sound of Smosh||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
Awards and nominations
|2006||2006 YouTube Awards||Comedy||"Smosh Short 2: Stranded"||Won|
|2009||2009 Webby Awards||Experimental & Weird||"Sex Ed Rocks"||Nominated|
|2010||2010 Webby Awards||Viral||"If Movies Were Real"||Nominated|
|2013||3rd Streamy Awards||Best Comedy Series||Smosh||Nominated|
|Audience Choice for Personality of the Year||Smosh||Nominated|
|Best Animated Series||Oishi High School Battle||Nominated|
|2013 Webby Awards||Branded Entertainment Short Form||"Ultimate Assassin's Creed 3 Song"||Nominated|
|2013 Social Star Awards||Most Popular Social Show||Smosh||Nominated|
|United States Social Media Star||Smosh||Won|
|2014||4th Streamy Awards||Best Comedy Channel, Show, or Series||Smosh||Nominated|
|Best Gaming Channel, Show, or Series||Smosh Games||Won|
|2015||Seventh Annual Shorty Awards||YouTube Star of the Year presented by A&E||Smosh||Won|
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