Since 2015, Shayne Topp has appeared in more than 50 videos within the Defy Media-operated Smosh network, portraying everyone from Tom Cruise to Donald Trump along the way. Now, Topp has parlayed his digital visibility into a gig on TV. He will appear in multiple episodes of the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, in which he portrays a punk rocker named Matt.
Topp’s first video on the Smosh channel was “Every Snapchat Ever,” in which he poked fun at pervasive habits on the titular app. Since then, he’s become a Smosh fixture who often stars alongside the online video brand’s co-founders, Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla.
While Topp has appeared on TV in the past (he showed up in an iCarly episode back in 2008, among other credits), his Goldbergs role marks his most significant venture within that medium. He first appeared in the sitcom’s February 22nd episode, which aired at 8 PM ET, and will be seen in the March 8th and March 15th episodes as well.
As Topp sees it, his roles on Smosh and The Goldbergs have a lot in common. “At the end of the day, for both, you have to know your lines, know your character, and hopefully make people laugh along the way,” he told Tubefilter. “I’ve had a blast being able to move between TV and digital and appear alongside such talented casts.”
The primary Smosh YouTube channel has more than 22 million subscribers. The Goldbergs, which first premiered in 2013, is currently in its fourth season.