About Panda Smash: Site History

Updates from 5/22/08 The new Panda Smash design brought six strong months for Panda Smash. A few views really blew up around the Internet and other videos got featured on Spike TV, FOX and even, strangely enough, CNN Headline News.

The biggest development for Panda came right at the beginning of January in 2008. Paul and Sam were contacted by Break.com... then quickly brought on to run Break’s brand new original content department.

Paul and Sam are now bringing the Panda Smash heat to Break’s new Break Originals channel, and making more videos than ever before.

Updates from 6/4/07 After launching in October of 2006, Panda Smash got off to a really good start. The boys worked like feudal serfs to get several dozen videos up in the site's first few months.

Panda Smash's content started spreading, and, within a few months, videos had been linked and featured on Boing Boing, College Humor, Break.com, Funny Or Die, YouTube, I-Am-Bored.com, Game Trailers and dozens of other websites... and plugged on dozens of radio stations all over the U.S.

At the six month mark, the guys decided Panda Smash needed a major overhaul in order for it to keep growing. The new Panda Smash was launched on June 4th, 2007.

Shortly thereafter, Jake was hired by FunnyOrDie.com and ended up leaving the Panda Smash fold… but the work he did for Panda lives on on the site.

The original Back in early 2004, Paul Jury and Sam Greenspan, college friends and new roommates in LA, decided to write a screenplay. And they ended up writing the most intricate, high-budget 120-page comedy in the history of mankind.

Both were upset that the script, which they loved so much, would never see the light of day.

So, Paul and Sam transitioned to theater. They teamed up to write a one-act comedy. Paul had already written a musical with another friend, so Paul and Sam decided to produce both plays.

They brought on Jake Szymanski, another friend from college, to direct the comedy.

In May of 2006, the plays were performed at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica, California. They received almost universally positive reviews.

In the process, Paul and Sam learned two lessons: One, it's really nice to see the stuff you write get produced... and two, plays cost an absolute fortune and, as great as they are in the moment, once they're over, you're left with wonderful memories, a shaky VHS transfer and five-figure credit card debt.

So Paul and Sam decided to take their production, writing, directing and, in Sam's case, performing, to the next level... and make the move to the Internet. They brought Jake on as a partner, and decided to create the next great online TV channel.

The name "Panda Smash" came during a meeting at Canter's Delicatessen in Los Angeles at around 1 A.M. on a Tuesday. For some reason, Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody from "The O.C." were sitting in the adjacent booth. This was back when they were still together, both on the show and in real life.

Paul, Sam and Jake each brought ideas for the site, with Paul's Panda Smash ultimately winning out. Then, each one took a turn drawing their idea for the Panda Smash logo.

Paul's Jake's Sam's

Approx. drawing skill level: 5th grade

Approx. drawing skill level: 11th grade

Approx. drawing skill level: Gymboree

Sam's came out closest to the final logo because, well, basically, Sam was in charge of the logo, so he got his vision. Fortunately, Jake's would not die... he will be a recurring character on this site as it moves forward as well. And Paul's, well... Paul's is just 'tarded.

Anyway, hundreds of hours of filming, editing and web programming later, on October 1st, 2006, the guys launched a beta version of PandaSmash.com, the all-original online TV network. On October 16th, they launched the website for the public.

And now you know... the REST of the story.

Also, check out the official Panda Smash drink here.

Check out some videos from the Panda Smash boys: Paul, Sam and Jake.

Do you ever look up at the stars and wonder... are there just too many video sites out there?
You mean: Are we just another one on the pile of places trying to make viral videos, funny videos, all that?
Yeah. Like, how to people find out we're making the best videos online or the funniest videos of all time?
You really think that's what we're making?
No. But one of my therapists told me I should believe that.
I keep trying to tell you: No therapists sleep on the beach next to a surfboard while wearing funny t-shirts. Best case scenario, he's a hippie.
He charges me a lot. I had to get four new American Express cards to pay for him.
This sounds like you're doing a bit for a YouTube video. And what happened to "Sam's House of Knowledge"? Aren't you supposed to be the guy with the funny advice column?
I'm stealing all my material from the hippie.
This is our worst chat yet.

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