Shay “Shay Carl” Butler is taking a cue from ABC’s longest-running entertainment show, America’s Funniest Home Videos (which has been kinda sorta rebranded as AFV). ShayFV, the new series from the Maker Studios founder and YouTube celebrity based on AFV’s comedic videos, launched on October 19, 2014 on Maker.TV.
In each of the show’s 17 episodes, Carl will re-enact scenes from old AFV videos with his children before sitting down and simply enjoying clips from the comedy show’s 25-year history. For the debut episode, Carl is inspired by an old AFV recording of parents giving their kids caramel-covered onions. He prepares the same “treat” for his children and says, “Sure, it’s mean, but it’s also hilarious.”
ShayFV is just one part of the recently-formed relationship between Maker Studios and AFV-creator Vin Di Bona Productions. In addition to Carl’s show, several Maker stars are set to appear with AFV’s host Tom Bergeron for new digital and in-show content. America’s Funniest Line is one of these new endeavors, which will be an improvisational series featuring the MCN’s stars and input and interaction from the AFV audience.
All three-to-five-minute episodes of ShayFV will first appear on Maker.TV and on AFV’s YouTube channel. The episodes will then be released a week later on Carl’s SHAYTARDS channel, which currently boasts over two million subscribers.