Smosh's Anthony Padilla's First Solo Video: What It Says About the Future of His Career
Fans of the former Smosh comedian were graced on June 19, 2017 with the first solo video since his "Why I Left Smosh" video on June 14. The video, titled "so...now what?" was a far cry from the teary, somber farewell one just days earlier. In the video, Padilla donned his 'Best Interviewer Shirt' and asked some other famous internet personalities (IISuperwomanII, Daniel Howell and AmazingPhil, Joey Graceffa, JuegaGerman, TheGabbieShow, Paint and anaakana) for advice on how to succeed at making videos in 2017.
The interview retained some of the goofy humor that Padilla is known for with Smosh, while also displaying something that most casual fans don't see: his own brand of witty humor. The 29 year old joked about his age, and wasn't afraid to make fun of the thing that gave him his start on the platform, saying "..but there's a problem there because copyright." when someone suggested he lip-sync a theme song. He also took to mocking some other popular Youtube content, with joking about starting the "Hot Spoon Challenge" (a parody of the ever-popular 1,000 degree knife challenges) and pretending to start drama with AmazingPhil and even conducting one of the 'interviews' shirtless.
But what can the viewers take away from this? Surely this isn't enough to predict an entire channel's future?
This video shared a valuable look into what may be to come. The beginning of the video showed that Padilla plans to continue writing skits, with his dramatic voice-over that led up for this satirical interview. It also displayed that he is no longer afraid to act his age, something that his work with Smosh would never allow him to do. The more- adult based humor, accompanied by the occasional swear word, sets Padilla up for a channel with the possibility to explore whatever path he'd like to. Padilla has said that Smosh's transformation into a brand had prevented him from expressing himself as he would like to. I am excited to see where he goes.
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