Social media stars Anna Akana and Ricky Dillon also join in the fun
The people behind your favorite social media accounts will join forces for EW’s PopFest. Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, the co-founders of Smosh, Joey Graceffa, Anna Akana, Ricky Dillon, and more will be dropping by to do a Q&A along with some other hijinks.
And with more than 54.3 million YouTube subscribers between them, there’s no doubt they’ll all have plenty to share.
Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, co-founders of Smosh: The web-based sketch-comedy powerhouse started making videos on YouTube in 2005, and have since expanded their empire to 38 million subscribers across Smosh, Smosh Games, Smosh 2nd Channel, El Smosh, and Shut Up Cartoons (at three different times, they held the record for most-subscribed YouTube channel), as well as a feature-length movie, Smosh: The Movie, released in 2015, and Smosh Live, a live sketch show which debuted in August 2016.
Joey Graceffa: His 6.7 million YouTube followers love his daily vlogs, and followed along as he competed on The Amazing Race in 2013. He also released a memoir in 2015 titled In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World.
Anna Akana: After she lost her sister to suicide in 2007, Akana healed herself through comedy, and eventually spread her good humor to 1.4 million YouTube subscribers. She has recently taken on an acting career (she’ll appear in You Get Me with Bella Thorne), and is set to publish a book, tentatively titled Letters to My Little Sister, in 2017.
Ricky Dillon: This YouTube sensation boasts over 3 million subscribers on the channel, and has nearly 8.2 million fans across social media. He rose to fame as a founding member of Our2ndLife, a YouTube vlog supergroup, and has since released an EP, RPD, which peaked at No. 3 on the iTunes Pop Charts, and published a book in June 2016 titled Follow Me.
Additional names will be added to the panel, so stay tuned!
In addition to the social media stars, EW PopFest will feature appearances by Gilmore Girls creator/executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino, James Corden, Glee star and author Chris Colfer, the cast of Happy Endings, and so much more.
EW PopFest runs from Oct. 29-30 at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to ewpopfest.com.