Zach Hadel

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Zach Hadel
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Born (1993-03-04) March 4, 1993 (age 29)
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Also known aspsychicpebbles
Years active2008–present
  • Animation
  • comedy
Subscribers1.54 million
Total views211.79 million
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Last updated: 10 Jan 2023

Zach Hadel (born March 4,[2] 1993),[3] known by his pseudonym psychicpebbles, is an American animator, voice actor, Internet personality, writer, director, and storyboard artist. He and Michael Cusack are co-creators of the Adult Swim animated series Smiling Friends.[4] He is also known for his Internet animations and for being a co-host of Let's Play web series OneyPlays.


Hadel grew up in Kansas[5] and began his animation career by uploading Adobe Flash animations to Newgrounds, later transitioning to YouTube.[6] He enrolled in college to learn graphic design, but dropped out.[7] A self-taught animator, Hadel had stated that shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Simpsons and South Park had inspired his animation style.[8] Videos of his became popular online, such as his animated video about the "arrow in the knee" meme from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which went viral in 2011.[9] Along with fellow Newgrounds animator Chris O'Neill, Hadel created the popular web cartoon series Hellbenders, which was picked up for a pilot by Adult Swim, but ultimately not pursued.[10][11][12] Hadel also collaborated with O'Neill to make an animated short video parodying the Kony 2012 documentary; the video went viral, receiving over 1.7 million views within its first weekend.[13] Hadel was also a member of SleepyCabin, a comedy and discussion podcast hosted by former Newgrounds animators. As of April 2022, his YouTube channel psychicpebbles has 1.5 million subscribers and 208.4 million views.[14]

Hadel animated a segment of Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity with Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick and Morty. Roiland later stated the animation was the one instance of a joke that went too far.[15] Hadel and Roiland also appeared alongside animator Alex Hirsch on h3h3's livestream podcast for charity[16] where they raised over $100,000 for California wildlife relief.[17]

Hadel hosted the podcast Schmucks from 2017 to 2019, where he interviewed fellow entertainers such as Michael Stevens, Finn Wolfhard, Jon Jafari, and Ethan Klein.[18]

In 2018, Hadel storyboarded for SpongeBob SquarePants for the season 11 episode "The Grill is Gone".[19]

On April 1, 2020, Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim block premiered the pilot episode of Hadel and Michael Cusack's animated adult television series, Smiling Friends.[20] The series follows two employees, Pim and Charlie, of a private company missioned to make people smile.[21] The series premiered with a full season marathon on January 9, 2022, and debuted on HBO Max on February 9.[4][22]



Year Title Role Notes
TBA Hand Drawn: Documentary Self Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The One Show Animator, features TomSka (Season 6, Episode 211, segment "OH NO BEARS")
2018 Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity Ity Also animator.
SpongeBob SquarePants Storyboard Artist ("The Grill is Gone")
2020–present Smiling Friends Charlie, Glep, various Also co-creator, writer, animator, and co-director.
2022 Tig n' Seek Darryl Barryl 1 episode ("Twin Seeks")
The Paloni Show! Halloween Special! Reggie Paloni


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2015 Hellbenders Zach Co-creator, co-director, co-writer
2012–2013 Ninja Sex Party Animator on "Unicorn Wizard" and "Best Friends Forever!"
2013 TOME: Terrain of Magical Expertise Zunchdial Voice role
OneyNG Work on "Potato Salad"
2014 Improvable Various
2014–present OneyPlays Self Guest
2014–2019 SleepyCast Self Podcast, host
2014–2016, 2019 JonTron Grimbo (voice), The Ultimate Gamer Animator, writer, voice role
2015 JonTron's StarCade Indy Wife, Yoda Voice role, writer (Episode 9 - The Star Wars Holiday Special (FINALE))
2016 Eddsworld Additional art
2017–2019 Schmucks Self Podcast, host, 4 episodes
2017, 2021 The Official Podcast Self Guest, 2 episodes
2017 Hellsing Ultimate Abridged Satan Voice role
2018 H3 Podcast Self, Logan Paul Fan, Donald Trump Podcast, guest
2019 The Ultimate Recap Cartoon Momo Voice role
2019–present The Create Unknown Self Guest
2020 The Cyanide and Happiness Show Dan Sooperman Voice role
2021 SMILING FRIENDS: Free Draw Self Special featured on Adult Swim YouTube channel.
2022 Monkey Wrench Screamo Episode: The Ghost Egg

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2022 High on Life Various Voice

Sourced from Hadel's IMDb page and YouTube channel.[23]


  1. ^ In 2016, Hadel confessed on SleepyCast to accidentally deleting his original account through his email.[1]


  1. ^ SleepyCast S2:E24 - [Looney Goons, Merry Maladies]. June 18, 2016. Event occurs at 14:49-15:26.
  2. ^ "Nikki on Twitter: "happy birthday to my favorite gremlin @psychicpebble (mooch is also a gremlin)"". Twitter. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "The Create Unknown Podcast: "PsychicPebbles & Michael Cusack Talk Smiling Friends"". YouTube. I'm 28 now
  4. ^ a b Sarto, Dan (December 14, 2021). "Adult Swim's 'Smiling Friends' Turns Frowns Upside Down". Animation World Network. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  5. ^ Smiling Friends panel SDCC 2022 (Q&A segment). July 23, 2022. Event occurs at 8:15-8:17.
  6. ^ Rector, Seth (March 1, 2022). "Smiling Friends: 10 Things You May Have Forgotten About Season One". Screen Rant. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  7. ^ SleepyCast 30 : Part 1 - [The End? Season Finale], retrieved September 4, 2022
  8. ^ Zahed, Ramin (January 4, 2022). "Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel Discuss Making 'Smiling Friends,' Their New Adult Swim Show". Animation Magazine. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  9. ^ Good, Owen (December 30, 2011). "I Was Working On My Own Anti-Arrow-to-the-Knee Vid Too, But Then I ..." Kotaku. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  10. ^ Hearne, John (March 28, 2013). "Irish reveal how to make a career out of YouTube". Irish Examiner. Retrieved June 4, 2022. The young Wexford entrepreneur is just back from Los Angeles where he had been pitching to get him and his collaborator Zach Hadel's newest series 'Hellbenders' into mainstream television.
  11. ^ Tucker, David (April 3, 2013). "Wexford's Chris a web sensation". Enniscorthy Guardian. Retrieved June 4, 2022. O'Neill is collaborating with fellow YouTuber, Psychicpebbles, on a series called Hellbenders, which is also racking up big numbers.
  12. ^ Fox, Tanner (February 12, 2022). "10 Animated Shows Perfect For Fans Of Adult Swim's Smiling Friends". Screen Rant. Retrieved June 4, 2022.
  13. ^ Eördögh, Fruzsina (March 26, 2012). ""Kony 2012": the one-minute version". The Daily Dot. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  14. ^ Trumbore, Dave (April 16, 2020). "Here's How Nick Wolfhard & Brother Finn Voiced Insane Creatures on 'Smiling Friends'". Collider. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  15. ^ Will, Jones (February 20, 2021). "Rick & Morty Co-Creator Justin Roiland Reveals the Cartoon of His That He Thinks Went Way Too Far". Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  16. ^ "#99 - Justin Roiland & Alex Hirsch Charity Special 2018". Podchaser. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  17. ^ Alex Hirsch [@_AlexHirsch] (December 17, 2018). "Tomorrow! 3PM PST! It's H3H3's annual 🌟Charity Livestream🌟 with Me, @JustinRoiland, & more! Goofs! Yuks! Amazing Prizes! All to benefit @DirectRelief!" (Tweet). Retrieved April 15, 2021 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Schmucks Podcast". Podchaser. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  19. ^ "i did a small freelance storyboard segment for the yellow sponge program a few months back and it finally aired! the episode is called "the grill is gone". shout out to my talented pal @AdamPaloian (supervising dir for the ep) for turning my chicken scratch into actual art". October 26, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2021.
  20. ^ Bobic, Chrissy (April 10, 2020). "'Smiling Friends' on Adult Swim Is Somehow Already a Hit Among Fans". Distractify. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  21. ^ Schwarz, John (April 16, 2020). "Review: Smiling Friends "Desmond's Big Day Out"". BubbleBlabber. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  22. ^ Dominiguez, Noah (January 12, 2022). "Adult Swim's Smiling Friends Sets HBO Max Debut Date". CBR. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  23. ^ "Zach Hadel". IMDb. Retrieved January 14, 2022.

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