Q&A: Kevin Simmons of YouTube’s The Skorpion Show

(L-R) Co-Hosts Makael Mclendon and Kevin Simmons of The Skorpion Show.

Co-hosts Makael Mclendon and Kevin Simmons of “The Skorpion Show.”

The Skorpion Show has been online since 2008. What inspired you produce it?
It wasn’t inspiration that started The Skorpion Show. I used Youtube as a creative platform while I was job-seeking. I think more inspiration came along the way once I noticed the show was catching was on via social media on Myspace, and blogs posting some of our videos. Read more »

Mother of Philly YouTube Prank Star Jesse Wellens Is Missing

Stella Wellens, left, via Twitter, Jesse Wellens, via Facebook.

Stella Wellens, left, via Twitter, Jesse Wellens, via Facebook.

[UPDATE] Police have confirmed the sad news that Jeana Smith posted to Twitter yesterday, that Stella Wellens has died.

[ORIGINAL] PrankvsPrank, the YouTube channel that features Philadelphia-based boyfriend/girlfriend team Jesse Wellens and Jeana Smith devising clever “gotcha” pranks on each other, has almost 9.4 million subscribers on YouTube. Their companion channel BFvGF has 8.2 million subscribers.

So far, not one of them has been able to help them figure out the whereabouts of Wellens’ mother, Stella Wellens.

Wellens first disclosed his mother’s disappearance in a Tweet to his followers December 16th: Read more »

Meet Ed Bassmaster, Philadelphia’s Biggest Star … on YouTube

Ed Bassmaster as the character “Always Teste,” left, and as himself. Photography by Gene Smirnov

Ed Bassmaster as the character “The Hacker,” left, and as himself. Photography by Gene Smirnov

There isn’t much that grates on Philadelphians more than having their city defined by a tired canard about a Santa Claus who got booed in 1968. (Or by a bell. Or a sandwich.) Which explains the citywide stomach-drop when news broke in August that a defenseless globe-trotting robot had been annihilated here. Every hard-fought reputational victory, every hint of burgeoning cosmopolitanism — put on hold for the foreseeable future. “Somebody put a lot of work into that robot,” ashamed resident Cathie McMullin told 6 ABC. “It’s been all over the world, and ‘Welcome to Philly! Let’s kill you.’”

HitchBOT, constructed by Canadian engineers, was a science experiment in human compassion. A white plastic bucket equipped with GPS plus blue pool floaties for limbs, the robot was to hitchhike across the world, relying on random humans to transport it from one city to the next. It made it across Europe but couldn’t make it from Massachusetts to San Francisco; on the morning of August 1st, hitchBOT was found, wasted and inert, on the streets of Old City. A few days later, grainy video footage emerged of a man in a throwback Randall Cunningham jersey appearing to assault poor hitchBOT. Read more »

Eagles Fan Drops Funny Pope Parody Video

Early this morning, Delaware County’s Alex Dilks Pandola dropped a funny parody video on his YouTube channel turns Lady Gaga’s “Dope” into a song about the pope.

When the video begins, you hear Mayor Nutter’s voice going on about the pope’s visit while Inquirer headlines, like “Philadelphia In a State of Panic As Pope Visit Nears,” flash on the screen. Then Dilks comes out of the house wearing an Eagles Jersey.

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Break A Sweat in Under 10 Minutes With 12 Intense YouTube Workouts



I’ll be honest, some days I barely have time to eat, let alone break a sweat. Which is why I am so, so thankful for the the Internet, where you can find all sorts of workouts to squeeze into a time-crunched schedule. These workouts might be short—each one is under 10-minutes long—but boy are they intense. And an added bonus? They’re all free! If you’ve got more time on your hands, check out more of our favorite YouTube workouts.

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