The comedy duo Smosh (Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox) is going sitcom with the new original scripted comedy series “Part Timers,” which will debut on their YouTube channel on Jan. 11.
Since launching their channel from in their hometown of Carmichael, Ca. (outside of Sacramento) ten years ago, Smosh has reigned as one most popular attractions on YouTube, with over 35 million combined subscribers across their channels. But their name was notably absent from the list of exclusive program offerings announced last month for the new subscription service YouTube Red, which included other top influencers PewDiePie, Lily Singh and Joey Graceffa. But Smosh is giving a slight nod to the platform that made them famous — “Part Timers” is being billed as a YouTube exclusive, which means it won’t be featured on their web site Smosh.com or any off-YouTube Defy Media platforms.
The series is being produced by Defy Media, along with Padilla and Hecox, who will star as employees of Pork E. Pine’s, a past-its-prime pizzeria and arcade. The first season is being presented by brand partner Shick Hydro.
It’s not Smosh’s first foray into long-form narrative. This summer, the starred in their first feature, “Smosh: The Movie,” which debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy chart.
The first season of “Part Timers” is being presented by brand partner Shick Hydro, which will have “organic” brand placements in the series. Schick Hydro also worked with the director and writers to develop custom twenty second videos in the style of the show featuring series cast members that capture the look, along with bonus scenes tying into the series’ storylines.
The series is being directed by Laura Murphy and produced and written by Ryan Finnerty. It also stars Casey Webb, Natalie Whittle, Cat Alter, Noah Grossman and Jade Martz. Kate VanDevender is the showrunner.
Smosh will be officially commemorating ten years on YouTube with a party tonight at YouTube Space LA this evening, bringing together top digital stars and partners.
“Ten years ago we started this incredible journey with YouTube that has allowed us to create, do what we love every day and grow Smosh beyond our wildest dreams,” said Padilla and Hecox in a statement “’Part Timers’ is an important next step for us as we continue to expand creatively and build on our brand with programming that connects with our audience in new ways.”