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Adam Kontras on the set of The Early Show in New York.
Born (1975-10-09) October 9, 1975 (age 44)
Columbus, Ohio
Baptised (1975-10-09) October 9, 1975 (age 44)
Video blogging
Adam & the Egos
The Early Show

Adam Kontras (born (1975-10-09)October 9, 1975, in Columbus, Ohio) is an American singer, songwriter, animator, film editor, director, and comedian. He is best known as the first Internet video blogger,[1][2][3][4][5] having begun posting videos alongside his blog entries on January 2, 2000.[6][7] 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.[8] 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.


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.[8][9]

Adam & the Egos[edit]

4TVs was the basis for his appearance in The Early Show's Living Room Live competition on CBS.[8] Although he did not win the competition, he won the first round.[10] He was then hired to host the future incarnations of the segment,[11] with his characters appearing as the Egos on the sets of such shows as The Price is Right[12] and The Young and the Restless[13] where they discussed the contestants and announced the winners.

Viral success[edit]

Kontras also had viral success in 2006 with an animated video parody of The Beach Boys' song Barbara Ann, titled "Let's Bomb Iran",[14] 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".[15] This prompted commentary in two international newspapers—Spanish El País[16] and Dutch NRC Handelsblad.[17] The rights to the video were later[when?] bought by AtomFilms, who continue to promote it.[18]

First video blogger[edit]

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.[2][19] 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.[20]


  1. Sean Kaminsky, Michael (2010-01-07). Naked Lens: Video Blogging & Video Journaling to Reclaim the YOU in YouTube™. Retrieved 2010-04-09. Search this book on Logo.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (2009-02-07). "Pinoy Culture Video Blog" (in Filipino). GMA Network. Retrieved 2009-02-28.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  3. Melanson, G. (2008). "What is a Vlogger?". Retrieved 2008. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. Friedman, Nancy (2009-10-19). "You Can't Judge a Vook by Its Cover". Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  5. Fightmaster, Duke (2010-03-10). "Adam Kontras Interview w/ Duke Fightmaster". Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  6. "The Wayback Machine". 2000-01-02. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  7. Olive, Ben (2009-04-08). "Vlog, Son of Blog". Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The Early Show (2006-06-28). "Egos of Adam Kontras". CBS News. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  9. Goldman, Joshua (1999-10-28). "Singer Performs with Self on 4 TVs". The Lantern. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  10. The Early Show (2006-06-29). "Adam Moves On In 'Living Room'". CBS News. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  11. The Early Show (2007-03-13). "Living Room…LIVE! – Battle of the Bands". CBS News. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  12. The Early Show (2007-03-05). "The Egos: Week 13 Of 'Kids'". CBS News. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  13. The Early Show (2007-08-27). "The Egos: Week 10 of "Bands"". CBS News. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  14. "Let's Bomb Iran". 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
  15. Countdown with Keith Olbermann (2006-04-28). "'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for April 27". MSNBC. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
  16. CiberPaís (2007-04-12). "Dios se apunta a Internet" (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 2009-03-27.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  17. Kees Versteegh (2006-04-19). "Blogcommentaar: De Beach Boys bezingen alvast een aanval op Iran" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 2009-03-27.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  18. "Let's Bomb Iran". 2006-05-02. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  19. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (2009-02-07). "Jessica Soho Reports" (in Filipino). GMA Network. Retrieved 2009-02-28.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  20. Kontras, Adam (2010-01-02). "A Thousand Memories". Retrieved 2010-01-07.

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