Smosh is a web-based comedy duo consisting of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla. They first began posting videos to YouTube in the autumn of 2005, and have become one of the most popular channels on that site.
One of Smosh's earliest videos, "Pokemon Theme Music Video," was released in November 2005 and by April 2006 held the title of "Most Viewed Video of all Time" on YouTube with over 7 million hits, a title it held for at least six months. The video features the original English theme song for the Pokémon anime and it has since been removed by YouTube after the website received a notice from Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd., indicating copyright infringement, after hitting 25 million views.
Nevertheless, the success of their Pokemon video and other videos led Smosh to be featured in the "Person of the Year: You" issue of Time Magazine, published December 13, 2006.
Their video, "Smosh Short 2: Stranded", won the 2006 YouTube Award for Best Comedy. They also produced on two occasions comedic music videos, most notably with the post-hardcore trio I Set My Friends On Fire, entitled "Sex Ed Rocks" and "Four Years Foreplay".
In April 2007, Smosh replaced Lonelygirl15 as the most subscribed channel on YouTube and was soon announced as one of the initial participants in YouTube's partnership revenue-sharing program.
As of July 2010[update], Smosh is the fifth most subscribed channel on YouTube, behind RayWilliamJohnson, ShaneDawsonTV , Fred and nigahiga. A 2010 report by TubeMogul estimated yearly revenues at $113,000 ranking Smosh as one of the highest earning independent YouTube partners, ranking them #9.