Powerhouse YouTube channel Smosh has announced their first-ever live sketch show, SMOSH LIVE!, to debut later this summer. The show will feature 4-5 skits, a dance number, and special guests streaming from YouTube Space LA on August 26 in front of a studio audience.
The one-time live show also includes pre- and post-show segments which will be hosted by Joshua Ovenshire aka Jovenshire. The entire program of book-end segments, sketches, and dance number will run around ninety minutes. 5 Gum’s “Truth Or Dare” marketing campaign will also be integrated into the event and will have a big presence on the stage floor where the participants will perform challenges in front of the crowd.
Smosh was begun by Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox eleven years ago. Padilla started Smosh as a website in 2002. His childhood friend, Hecox, joined the project a short while later and together they joined YouTube. They quickly took off after making a Pokemon theme music video in 2005 that featured the pair lipo-synching the original English theme song for the anime. As the channel grew, the duo diversified their brand creating more channels including ElSmosh, Shut Up! Cartoons, and Smosh Games which features Jovenshire. They also released a feature, Smosh: The Movie, through Lionsgate in 2014, and the sitcom Part Timers earlier this year.
The channel is managed by Defy Media, the digital content creator and distributor, that formed out of Alloy Digital and Break Media merger. They also oversee Clevver, Screen Junkies, and The Gloss.
The news joins many big announcements coming out of VidCon this week, in addition to news released last week in a ramp up to the event. YouTube Red has also put a second Smosh movie on its slate that will follow Charlie (Padilla) as he moves into a new apartment inhabited by a narcissistic ghost named Max (Hecox).
YouTube Red is also turning popular dance franchise Step Up into a new series with the original film’s stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum serving as executive producer along with original executive producers Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, and Meredith Milton. It joins five other new series announced at VidCon, in addition to renewed series like Scare PewDiePie and Foursome.
Emily J | Staff Writer