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Interview with YouTube star Ed Bassmaster on his new CMT show


By Natan Edelsburg, SVP

March 22, 2016 | 3 min read

YouTube comedian Ed Bassmaster has over 522 million views and is now the latest internet celebrity to earn his own show on CMT. The network recently revealed the trailor for the new show and Found Remote interviewed Bassmaster about his expansion into TV.

Found Remote: Why do you think your following has grown so large?

Ed Bassmaster: I am always true to myself and I think my fans see that. I have been into comedy my whole life, and YouTube was a way to share that with people. My fans love my pranks and the characters I play, and I always look out for their feedback about what they do and don’t like.

FR: How did the relationship with CMT start?

EB: Great story. I was working with DiGA on another project and we worked so well together that they decided to develop a series around me! CMT had seen my work on YouTube, loved it and got on board.

FR: Are you worried that TV will be too different from YouTube?

EB: When I filmed the show, my main focus was my YouTube fans and to make sure that what I was creating was in line with what they already enjoyed on my channel. Filming television is a very different experience, but I loved it and think my fans will, too.

FR: Why are you excited about this opportunity?

EB: I am excited to grow my fan base and have the opportunity to take my pranks and skits to the next level. By filming all over and working with many different types of people, I was able to expand my creative range filming the show and had a blast along the way.

FR: What are your favorite TV shows?

EB: Saturday Night Live, Jackass, In Living Color

The show will premiere on Thursday, April 14th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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