|File:Adam Kontras at CBS Early Show.jpg|
Adam Kontras on the set of The Early Show in New York.
Columbus, OhioOctober 9, 1975
|Known for||Video blogging|
Adam & the Egos
The Early Show
Adam Kontras (born Template:Dob, in Columbus, Ohio) is an American singer, songwriter, animator, film editor, director, and comedian. He is best known as the first Internet video blogger, having begun posting videos alongside his blog entries on January 2, 2000. The blog, known as The Journey, began tracking his move from Ohio to California to begin a career in show business by performing his musical comedy act, 4TVs. The Journey has continued to capture his successes and failures over the years, in both textual and audiovisual form. He continues to host two video entries a week.
4TVs[edit | edit source]
Kontras' show displayed four television sets showing four different characters—all played by Kontras—interacting with him live. The videos were pre-recorded and synchronized, allowing "Live Adam" to communicate and sing with the other four characters in routine.
Adam & the Egos[edit | edit source]
4TVs was the basis for his appearance in The Early Show's Living Room Live competition on CBS. Although he did not win the competition, he won the first round. He was then hired to host the future incarnations of the segment, with his characters appearing as the Egos on the sets of such shows as The Price is Right and The Young and the Restless where they discussed the contestants and announced the winners.
Viral success[edit | edit source]
Kontras also had viral success in 2006 with an animated video parody of The Beach Boys' song Barbara Ann, titled "Let's Bomb Iran", which reached over a million views worldwide within days of its release. The video was featured on the April 27, 2006 edition of Countdown with Keith Olbermann during a segment about "protest rock". This prompted commentary in two international newspapers—Spanish El País and Dutch NRC Handelsblad. The rights to the video were later[when?] bought by AtomFilms, who continue to promote it.
First video blogger[edit | edit source]
Recently, Kontras was interviewed by Jessica Soho of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on the Philippines' GMA Network for his status as the first video blogger. On January 2, 2010, Kontras celebrated 10 years of video blogging and the 1000th entry of The Journey with a combination of recorded video and live performance show in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
References[edit | edit source]
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- The Early Show (2007-03-05). "The Egos: Week 13 Of 'Kids'". CBS News. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
- The Early Show (2007-08-27). "The Egos: Week 10 of "Bands"". CBS News. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
- "Let's Bomb Iran". YouTube.com. 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
- Countdown with Keith Olbermann (2006-04-28). "'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for April 27". MSNBC. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
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- "Let's Bomb Iran". Atom.com. 2006-05-02. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
- Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (2009-02-07). "Jessica Soho Reports" (in Filipino). GMA Network. Retrieved 2009-02-28.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
- Kontras, Adam (2010-01-02). "A Thousand Memories". Retrieved 2010-01-07.
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