Sacramento’s Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox are buying back Smosh

The co-founders and original co-stars of Smosh have announced their official return.

 Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox of Smosh

Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla often filmed Smosh’s older videos in Primrose Park.

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Imagine buying a major comedy brand with your best friend from sixth grade. For two Sacramentans, that’s actually reality.

A YouTube comedy brand born out of Sacramento has been bought back by the founders and stars. You may have seen Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox’s onscreen antics — and Sacramento in the background — in Smosh videos as far back as 2005. Started by the two creators as sixth graders, Smosh grew into a major YouTube channel with over 25 million subscribers.

In 2017, Anthony left the channel, and shortly after Smosh was acquired by Mythical Entertainment.

Fast forward to today: The two have bought back Smosh, crediting a reconnection of their friendship and a desire to be creative partners again.

Check out Anthony and Ian’s video announcing the acquisition and mark your calendars for Friday, June 30, when their first new comedy sketch will be released on the main Smosh channel.

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