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The Try Guys is an American online comedy series currently available for streaming on YouTube.[1] The series stars comedians, actors, and filmmakers Keith Habersberger, Ned Fulmer, Zach Kornfeld, and Eugene Lee Yang. The group created The Try Guys while working for BuzzFeed and subsequently separated themselves from the internet media company in 2018. The four of them write, produce, direct, shoot, and act in each episode.[2][3]

The Try Guys
The Try Guys Season 10 Logo.png
The current title card of The Try Guys, left to right; Keith, Ned, Zach, Eugene
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
  • Keith Habersberger
  • Ned Fulmer
  • Zach Kornfeld
  • Eugene Lee Yang
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes173 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Keith Habersberger
  • Ned Fulmer
  • Zach Kornfeld
  • Eugene Lee Yang
Producer(s)
  • Nick Rufca
  • Rachel Ann Cole
CinematographyMiles Bonsignore
Editor(s)
  • Elliot Dickerhoof
  • Devlin McCluskey
  • YB Chang
  • Will Witwer
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production company(s)Buzzfeed Motion Pictures (2014–2018)
2nd Try LLC. (2018–present)
Release
Original networkYouTube
Picture format16:9
Original releaseSeptember 12, 2014 (2014-09-12) –
present
Chronology
Related showsSquad Wars
External links
Official website

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The group was formed at BuzzFeed in 2014 by four then-employees: Ned Fulmer, Eugene Lee Yang, Keith Habersberger, and Zach Kornfeld. The original video starring all four men was based around pure timing and, according to Kornfeld, "It really came down to who was willing to show their butts."[4] At the start of the series, they attempted to involve other people in the project, to no avail. However, after positive feedback from viewers, the group decided to stick together and create videos.

They started in 2014 when they posted "Guys Try Ladies' Underwear for the First Time" under BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. Since then, their viral videos have garnered over a billion views across social media platforms. Their show Squad Wars[5] premiered on YouTube Red in early 2017. Their most-watched video, "The Try Guys Try Labor Pain Simulation," has garnered over 33 million views.[6]

The Try Guys have been the subject of considerable publicity with appearances on Today and several magazines for various videos and interviews.[7][8][9][10][11][12] The Try Guys were a 2017 Streamy Awards audience choice nominee for Show of the Year.[13] In 2018, they hosted the 8th annual Streamy Awards (2018) and won the audience choice: Show of the Year award, for which they had been nominated in 2017.[14][15]

Filming typically takes place in Los Angeles County, California, in Glendale and Burbank, but, depending on the nature of the video, may take place elsewhere.[16]

On June 16, 2018, The Try Guys announced that they had left BuzzFeed and started their own independent production company, 2nd Try LLC.[17][18] 2nd Try LLC gained all rights to The Try Guys brand.[19]

On January 30, 2019, the Try Guys announced in their video, We Have a Secret, that they'd co-written a book, The Hidden Power of F*cking Up.[20] It was released by HarperCollins on June 18, 2019.[21]

EpisodesEdit

Main seriesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
17September 12, 2014January 25, 2015BuzzFeed Video
212February 11, 2015May 10, 2015
312May 17, 2015August 4, 2015
412August 12, 2015October 29, 2015
511November 1, 2015March 6, 2016
612March 16, 2016September 12, 2016
711September 24, 2016March 19, 2017
811March 26, 2017June 17, 2017
923July 22, 2017February 10, 2018
1016June 17, 2018September 22, 20182nd Try LLC
1119October 3, 2018December 29, 2018
1227January 16, 2019Present

Spin-offsEdit

Series Start Date End Date
Name Host Seasons Episodes
Eat The Menu Keith 2 7 July 4, 2018 Present
The Barkchshler Keith 2 5 July 11, 2018 December 24, 2018
Candid Competition Zach 1 3 July 25, 2018 present
Ned & Ariel Ned 1 4 August 1, 2018 present
Try Guys Game Time All 1 13 August 8, 2018 present
Try Wives Wine Time Ariel, Becky & Maggie 1 6 December 19, 2018 present
Rank King Eugene 1 4 August 18, 2018 present
The TryPod All 1 11 May 4, 2019 present

TourEdit

On May 4, 2019 The Try Guys announced via YouTube that they would be embarking on a 20 city, nationwide tour (called “Legends of the Internet”) as a part of their “Summer of Try”.[22]

Title Dates # of Cities
Legends of the Internet June 21, 2019 – July 28, 2019 20

Legends of the InternetEdit

Date City Country Venue
June 21, 2019 Los Angeles, CA United States The Wiltern
June 22, 2019 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
June 24, 2019 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
June 25, 2019 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
June 26, 2019 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
June 27, 2019 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
June 28, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre
June 29, 2019 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
June 30, 2019 Cleveland, OH KeyBank State Theatre at Playhouse Square
July 10, 2019 San Jose, CA City National Civic
July 14, 2019 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
July 18, 2019 Irving, TX Toyota Music Factory
July 19, 2019 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
July 20, 2019 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
July 21, 2019 Houston, TX Revention Music Center
July 23, 2019 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
July 25, 2019 Washington, D.C. Warner Theatre
July 26, 2019 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
July 27, 2019 Boston, MA Shubert Theatre
July 28, 2019 Philadelphia, PA The Met
September 28, 2019 Singapore Singapore The Star Theatre

CastEdit

The Try Guys
Personal information
BornKeith Habersberger
(1987-06-18) June 18, 1987 (age 32)
Carthage, Tennessee, U.S.
Ned Fulmer
(1987-06-11) June 11, 1987 (age 32)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Zach Kornfeld
(1990-07-26) July 26, 1990 (age 29)
Scarsdale, New York, U.S.
Eugene Lee Yang
(1986-01-18) January 18, 1986 (age 33)
Pflugerville, Texas, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Websitetryguys.com
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2014–present
GenreComedy
Total views1.5B
Network2nd Try LLC
 100,000 subscribers 2018
 1,000,000 subscribers 2018

KeithEdit

Keith Douglas Habersberger (born 18 June 1987 in Carthage, Tennessee; /hæbɜːrsbɜːrɡər/ HABB-urs-bur-gur[23]) was born in Shalu Tennessee and raised in Illinois, one of three children born to Donald and Patricia Habersberger.[24][25] He is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting.[26] Habersberger is married to Becky Habersberger (née Miller), a makeup artist.[27] Habersberger is reportedly 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m), making him the tallest of the Try Guys.[28] In 2019, Keith competed as part of the comedy trio "Lewberger" on the American reality television competition series Bring the Funny.[29][30] He uses the handle @keithhabs on social media.

NedEdit

Edward Gallo "Ned" Fulmer (born 11 June 1987 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a graduate of Yale University, having majored in chemistry. He is married to Ariel Fulmer (née Vandevoorde), an interior designer, and the two have one child together, a son named Wesley James "Wes" Fulmer (b. 2018).[31][32] Fulmer previously held a fear of dogs, stemming from a Dobermann attack as a young child, but was able to overcome his phobia with the adoption of his dog, a chocolate labradoodle named Bean.[33] He has said that he's of Italian ancestry.[34] He uses the handle @nedfulmer on social media.

ZachEdit

Zachary Andrew "Zach" Kornfeld (born 26 July 1990 in Scarsdale, New York) was born in New York to Jewish parents, Adam and Margo Kornfeld.[35] He became involved in filmmaking and editing after receiving LEGO Movie Maker as a child.[36] He is Jewish but does not keep kosher and did not have a bar mitzvah, though he did choose the Hebrew name Rakdan (Hebrew: רַקְדָן), meaning dancer.[37][38] He has one tattoo, a smiley face on his buttock. Kornfeld was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in his late 20s.[39][40] He graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.[41] As a child, he appeared on Saturday Night Live in an episode hosted by Elijah Wood that aired on December 13, 2003.[42][38] In December 2018, he announced he'd been in a relationship with Maggie Bustamante for three years.[43] In 2019, he decided to undergo hair restoration, a combination of surgery and microblading, to combat male pattern alopecia.[44] He uses the handle @korndiddy on social media.

EugeneEdit

Eugene Lee Yang (Hangul: 양유진; b. 18 January 1986 in Pflugerville, Texas) was born in Texas with two sisters all originating from Korea. Yang graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Cinema Production.[45] He regularly participates in LGBT pride events and has worked with The Trevor Project.[46][47] Eugene came out as gay on a June 15, 2019, in a YouTube video titled "I'm Gay"[48] He uses the handle @eugeneleeyang on social media.

LegacyEdit

On the fifth episode of The Try Guys Podcast, titled Keith's Internet Beef[49] it was mentioned that "Season 52, Episode 3 of The Bachelor" was inspired by their Motherhood series.[50] The guys were actually referencing Season 15, Episode 3 of The Bachelorette.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Title Nominated Award Result
2016 6th Streamy Awards The Try Guys Nonfiction Channel, Show, or Series Won
Show of the Year Nominated
2017 7th Streamy Awards The Try Guys Performance: Ensemble Cast Nominated
Show of the Year Nominated
Webby Awards Comedy: Long Form or Series Honoree
Try Guys // Sponsored by Sony's The Shallows Unscripted (Branded) Honoree
2018 Webby Awards The Try Guys Shave Their Dads • Fatherhood: Part 4 Unscripted (Branded) – People's Voice Won
8th Streamy Awards The Try Guys Show of the Year Won
2019 11th Shorty Awards The Try Guys Best YouTube Ensemble Won[51]

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