One of the series born from YouTube’s recent investment in its own creative community is set to go live, and it will feature two of the video site’s biggest stars in a scripted comedy. Part Timers, which stars Smosh duo Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla as employees at a run-down Chuck E. Cheese analogue, will premiere for free on the Smosh YouTube channel on January 11th.
Part Timers, which is looking to reclaim the pizzeria-arcade setting from a certain series of horror video games, will follow an underpaid, overworked weirdos as they have the “best time ever at the worst job ever.” A trailer, recently released on the Smosh YouTube channel, forecasts plenty of silly comedy as well as a gigantic porcupine costume that will surely be involved in all sorts of shenanigans.
“We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with YouTube for Part Timers, continuing Smosh’s expansion into longer form programming following the successful release of Smosh: The Movie earlier this year,” said Barry Blumberg, Chief Content Officer at DEFY Media, in a press release. “Today also marks Smosh’s ten year milestone on YouTube and we look forward to celebrating with our partners this evening with a peek at what’s next.”
Several of the other original programs produced by YouTube will only be available to viewers who subscribe to the $9.99-per-month YouTube Red service, but Part Timers will be available for free. Instead, Schick Hydro has signed on as the series’ official brand partner, and it will receive placements and custom videos in return.
Beyond Part Timers, the Smosh channel is also home to Hecox and Padilla’s one-off comedy videos and series like Every [Blank] Ever. Having established themselves as one of the Internet’s most popular and consistent acts, the Smosh guys now count more than 21 million subscribers on their primary YouTube hub.