Channel Awesome
Channel Awesome

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Date formed
April 21st, 2008
Base of Operations
Lombard, IL

CEO of the company!

The World HQ In Chicago!

Channel Awesome is the company that sponsors, Blistered Thumbs, Inked Reality, Barfiesta and other Internet personalities associated with the organization.


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Based in Lombard, IL, the company was founded by Mike Michaud, Mike Ellis and Bhargav Dronamraju. The company was founded in April of 2008 when Michaud had been looking to make a new media company after he and a few friends were let go from Circuit City. He saw the potential in then YouTube personality, Doug Walker. With Doug's help, the site launched with episodes of The Nostalgia Critic and 5 Second Movies being the first major draw. Thus the first channel of the company, was born. What was once one site, has now grown with many main contributors! See Chronology for a list of everyone involved with the company.

Once the first site launched, the hits rolled in and shows like The Nostalgia Critic started to average 100,000 to 200,000 viewers per week. also gained 14 million page views per month. Thanks to's deal with YouTube in July 2009, the hits may increase in the future. The site gained about $10,000 per month thanks to ad revenue. With donations, the site gained on the upwards of 11,000 dollars.

In the future, the site plans on expanding to create many channels with TGWTG at its core. These channels include a site dedicated to nightlife and bars called Barfiesta, a video game site called Blistered Thumbs, a comic book/animé site titled Inked Reality, and others coming soon such as the Store.

The organization is also responsible for many of the events since the site was created. These events are:


On April 2nd, 2018, a 73-page Google doc was released containing contributions from ex-contibutors such as Obscurus Lupa, Linkara, Phelous, Lindsay Ellis, and many others describing their grievances and dealings with Channel Awesome, particularly with Mike Michaud and the Walker brothers.

Channel Awesome's response did not address the issues and simply stated "we regret you felt that way". This caused a major backlash causing a mass exit of contributors, similar to the exit in 2014-15. The subscriber count of Channel Awesome began going into freefall as many fans considered CA's response as unprofessional.

On April 12th, 2018, Channel Awesome released a second statement, in which, rather than apologizing for previous behavior, it simply gave the 'other side of the story' on a few select accounts from the aforementioned Google Doc. It only served to tarnish their reputation even further and the vast majority of their contributors have now left.


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