Smosh is the viral YouTube based comedy duo made up of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla. Padilla started out by posting flash videos on the infamous site Newgrounds.com in the beginning of 2003, under the than unknown name Smosh. Later on he would be joined by his best friend Ian Hecox. It was only a matter of time before they began uploading videos to YouTube in autumn 2005 and became what some would argue the most popular channel of YouTube of all time. As of this past January 2014 Smosh has more than 16 million subscribers and over 2.9 billion views. Smosh has expanded to include staff that handles all of their animated, Spanish language, and gaming videos. Smosh has had three different spans as the top most subscribed channel on YouTube. The first top dog span was from May through to June 2006, the second epic span was from April 2007 through to September 2008, and the final third span lasted from January through to August 2013.
Formation Of Smosh And The Pokemon Themed Video
The Smosh franchise began when Anthony Padilla built a website back in 2002, Smosh.com. Anthony Padilla made several different Flash animations. Padilla stated that the name Smosh came from an incident where he accidentally mistook a friend who was trying to explain what a mosh pit was, by thinking his friend said ” smosh pit “. Later on his friend Ian Hecox joined in the venture. Hecox and Padilla met for the first time in their 6th grade science class which they shared. Padilla and Hecox eventually became friends and immediately discovered their shared loved of comedy. In 2005, Smosh joined YouTube which lead to them making seven videos together. Padilla and Hecox would make videos in which they would Lip sync to theme songs such as: Mortal Kombat, Power Rangers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Originally these videos were never meant to make it online, they were only made for Smosh’s personal amusement. But after they them these videos to friends, they started their YouTube channel.
One of the earliest videos Smosh released was titled ” Pokemon Theme Music Video. ” It was released in November 2005. It followed the same style of that of their earlier videos. It featured the duo lip-syncing the original English language theme song for the Pokemon Anime. However, the video instantly became viral, even more so than all of their other posted videos at that time. Over the course of it’s lifetime, it managed to gain over 24.7 million views on YouTube. It went on to become the most-viewed video on all of YouTube up until that time.It held that title for nearly six months until YouTube decided to remove it for whatever idiotic reason.
With the success Smosh’s Pokemon video along with other videos Smosh posted on YouTube, led Smosh to be featured in the ” Person of the Year: You ” issue of Time Magazine. It was published December 13, 2006 and on Time.com. Even though many of Smosh’s haters were disgusted with this honor. It was clear Smosh was a huge success. In march of 2007, a user named Andii2000 re-uploaded the infamous Pokemon video. To this date it has over 15.1 million views as of January 2014. Due to the overwhelming success of the Smosh YouTube channel, and also Smosh’s partnership with YouTube, The two recreated the the Pokemon video in November 2010, This time they changed the words to be very critical of The Pokemon Company for having taken down their original Pokemon themed video.
Smosh The Success !
Over the course of the past few years, Smosh began to diversify. They started making shorter YouTube comedy skits, Such as their series Food Battle and That Damn Neighbor. Smosh has continued to grow in popularity and is one of the most subscribed channels on YouTube of all time. In 2009, Smosh undertook a massive redesign of their website Smosh.com. They added a game section and also put extras that were exclusive to Smosh.com in their video section. In January 2010, Smosh launched their crazy creation ” Smosh Pit “. Smosh Pit featured a blog that consist of various pieces of trivia on the subject of pop culture, and their written comedy. In addition, in 2010 Smosh launched three different Smosh based web series which were, Ian is Bored, which was a collection of comedic videos by Hecox, and eventually turned into a segment in which Smosh would open fan mail called ” Mail Time With Smosh “. Ask Charlie an interactive series where people ask Charlie, from the January 2010 Charlie The Drunk Guinea Pig video random questions. It ran from May 2010 to December 2011. Lunchtime With Smosh, which featured the Smosh comedy duo getting and eating food from different places, and responding to twitter questions asked by their fans. Smosh’s most popular series include Pokemon In Real Life and if __ Was REal. Early in 2010 Smosh created the ” IShut Up App” for android as part of a Google sponsorship: It eventually was released on ITunes and in 2011 Smosh was acquired by Alloy Digital.
In 2012 Smosh started 3 new YouTube channels, ElSmosh, featuring Smosh videos dubbed in Spanish, Shut Up! Cartoons, featuring various animated videos, and Smosh Games featuring gaming content along with host Mari, Lasercorn, Sohinki, and Jovenshire. In 2012, Smosh were featured guest on Ask A Naked Guy. Hecox and Padilla have also been guest voices on the Machinima series Red vs. Blue. Some of the most popular Smosh videos are video game themed music videos. To date Smosh has released four albums featuring their songs – Sexy Album ( 2010 ), If Music Were Real ( 2011 ), Smoshtastic ( 2012 ), and The Sweet Sound Of Smosh ( 2013 ). In January 2013, Smosh’s YouTube channel surpassed Ray William Johnson in subscribers. Smosh also created and released a video game for Ipads, Iphones, and Ipods, in February 2013 titled Super Head Esploder X. Padilla raised over $258,777 to hire the video game production staff to create a new game based on their characters. The game would also feature foods Smosh used in their annual Food Battle Series. Padilla and Hecox have promised to donate 10% of the funds to charity.