Anthony Lorenzo Padilla (born September 16, 1987) is an American YouTube video maker, producer, stand up-comedian, and video blogger. He is best known as the co-founder and co-proprietor of the renowned YouTube channel Smosh, along with fellow YouTube personality and childhood friend Ian Hecox.
Along with his entertainment prowess, Padilla found success as a video blogger with his channel WatchUsLiveAndStuff, which he founded with fellow YouTuber and ex-fiancee Kalel Cullen. Despite its' success, the WatchUsLiveAndStuff channel was discontinued following the breakup of Padilla and Cullen in December 2014.
Padilla has a self-named channel, on which he would post video blogs. The channel has over 1 million subscribers, but has been inactive since March 2013.
Padilla parents divorced when he was two-years-old, which he has said did not greatly affect him. According to his video "Draw My Life," he has two younger brothers.
By his own account, Padilla has said that he was very introverted as a child, due in part to anxiety issues that would affect him when he received attention from others. He has also spoken about having aspirations to get into game design when he was a child.
Padilla suffers from anxiety, in which he experiences panic attacks often. He has said that due to his mother having a similar issue, he believes this condition to be hereditary in his family.
Padilla began his YouTube career in 2005, posting to the Smosh channel with long-time YouTube co-creator and friend Ian Hecox. The duo originally posted lip-sync videos, a common video type at the time which featured the stars lip-sync singing a particular song whilst performing entertaining or comedic gestures. The earliest of their lip-sync videos, "Mortal Kombat Theme" and "Pokemon Theme" gained significant notoriety, both appearing on YouTube Front Page (a now-defunct feature similar in functionality to YouTube Spotlight).
The success of their lip-sync videos garnered a significant following for Padilla and Hecox, inspiring them to write and produce more detailed comedic videos, which primarily involved various skits. The skits they created as early as 2006 set the stage for their continued success on YouTube.
In addition to the Smosh channel and all associated channels, Padilla concurrently operated his own self-named channel from 2006 to 2013. The channel has amassed over 1 million subscribers, but has suffered consistency issues since its' launch. In 2013, the AnthonyPadilla channel took an indefinite hiatus. Padilla himself has not commented as to whether or not the channel will continue.
Padilla was also a successful video blogger, having started the channel WatchUsLiveAndStuff with fellow YouTuber and ex-fiance Kalel Cullen in 2013. The channel was universally acclaimed as one of the top-tier video blogging accounts on all internet platforms.
Despite the success of the WatchUsLiveAndStuff channel, Padilla and Cullen decided to discontinue the channel following their breakup in December 2014.
Padilla has had multiple relationships during his YouTube stardom, but many of them have been predominantly private and rather unknown.
Padilla began dating fellow Kalel Cullen in 2010. The couple became engaged in 2013, when they launched their WatchUsLiveAndStuff channel; a daily account of their life. In December 2014, Padilla and Cullen announced via YouTube that they had decided to split, citing irreconcilable differences.
Since his breakup with Cullen, Padilla has not continued video blogging, thus mostly disconnecting his personal life from his fan-base.