The 2016 Streamy Awards was one of our favorite events of the season. Where else could you talk to basically all of your favorite YouTube stars about everything from Presidential Election 2016 to awful Halloween costumes, huh? Basically nowhere.
And you know what else we managed to finagle out of ’em? The best pranks ever pulled on them… by their fellow YouTubers! That’s right, we asked faves, like GloZell, the Merrell Twins and the Baby Bumps, what was the ultimate stunt pulled against them, and by whom? (FYI, you’ll look at Logan Paul totally differently after learning the kind of shenanigans he does.)
From YouTube to television, these nine stars broke free from social media to star on TV:
Youtube Channel: StarKidProductionsDarren Criss is one of the biggest success stories as a YouTube sensation that became a TV celebrity. As a co-founder of the YouTube channel StarKid Productions, Darren landed himself the lead role of A Very Potter Musical, which also streamed on YouTube. Harry Potter fanatics were quickly obsessed with the 23-part YT series and it went viral almost immediately. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the actor landed himself a role on the hit show Glee as Kurt's love interest. While the part was originally just a supporting character, he became part of the main cast for season three. Since then, he's co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards and scored a recurring role on American Horror Story: Hotel. Ryan Murphy (the creator of AHS and Glee) and the rest of us just can't get enough of this cutie!
Photo: Instagram @darrencriss
YouTube Channel: mirandasings08 and psychosoprano
Colleen is the star of not one but two hit YouTube channels. MirandaSings, her parody singing account has almost 7 million subscribers and her almost-normal channel, PsychoSoprano, has 4.5 million. She's a huge internet success story, which got her a guest appearance on Nickelodeon's Victorious and her own Netflix series called Haters Back Off, which centers around her famous character. The Office's Angela Kinsley plays Miranda's mom and the show is said to have a lot of special appearances from our other favorite Youtubers. HBO is set to be released on October 14 and it's safe to say that at least 7 million of us can't wait!
Photo: Instagram @colleen
YouTube Channel: todrickhall
Todrick's rise to fame is a little more scrambled than some of the other YouTubers who suddenly burst into TV stardom. Toddy was actually first seen on television as a contestant on American Idol in 2010. but his main claim to fame is on his YT channel, which has 2.3 million subscribers; his video called "Disney Dudez" has 18 million views! In 2015, MTV ordered his show called Todrick, which was a docuseries giving a behind-the-scenes account of the YT star's videos.
Photo: Instagram @todrick
YouTube Channel: JakePaulProductions
This blond babe moved from Vine to Youtube and now to television, too! Last March, Jake announced that he would be joining the Disney Channel family to play a lead part in a new show called Bizaardvark. The series, which is about a video-blogging duo named Frankie and Paige, features Jake playing a social media sensation named Dirk Mann who takes audience-requests for crazy dares and then uploads them on the internet! Sound familiar? We bet it didn't take too long for the 19-year-old to get into character! The show also stars Madison Hu, Olivia Rodrigo, DeVore Ledridge, and Ethan Wacker. Fellow Youtubers Logan Paul and Meredith Foster also guest-starred on the show!
Photo: Instagram @jakepaul
YouTube Channel: lucas
Lucas became a YouTube hit playing the character Fred Figglehorn in 2006. Still being the early years of YT, the original Fred channel called JKL Productions, was the first one in history to reach 1 million followers. This got the attention of Nickelodeon and Lucas (and his character, Fred) were hired for three movies on the network and 24 short TV episodes under the title Fred: The Show. Lucas's big TV debut as someone other than Fred was when he was cast to play boy-alien Marvin on the show Marvin Marvin, also on Nickelodeon. The show didn't last long, but the 23-year-old still has a huge social media following (though he left JKL Productions to go solo).
Photo: Instagram @lucascruikshank
YouTube Channel: BoBurnham
Like Miranda Sings, Bo rose to fame by posting funny covers on YouTube. While his music tends to get pretty political, it got him a following of over 1 million subscribers, two Netflix stand up specials, and his own TV show. The MTV series called Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous, aired in 2013 and credited Bo as the lead role, co-creator, executive producer and writer. Although it only aired for 12 episodes, he didn't see an end to his small-sceen run and guest-starred on shows like Parks & Recreation and Key & Peele.
Photo: Instagram @boburnham
YouTube Channel: TheAdamConover
Like the Broad City gals, Adam's is another tale of a webseries-turned-TV hit. His show is called Adam Ruins Everything and airs on TruTV. He is also the voice of several characters on the Netflix adult animated show BoJack Horseman.
Photo: Instagram @adamconover
Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson
YouTube Channel: BroadCity
In 2009, a little webseries called Broad City debuted on YouTube. By 2016, a lot of Broad City: the TV show's biggest fans probably have no idea that there are two seasons full of short episodes available to stream on YT. Abbi & Ilana's YT channel got nearly 65k subscribers and that was without the fancy guest stars the Comedy Central network show got them like Kelly Ripa, Seth Rogen or Hillary Clinton.
Photo: Instagram @ilanusglazer
YouTube Channel: JonLajoie
Jon is also famous for his comedic original songs, much like some of his companions on this list. The star broke away from YouTube to be on the FX Comedy called The League where he plays a guy named Taco MacArthur. He's not very active on Youtube anymore — and only posts a couple videos every year!
Photo: Instagram @jonlajoiecomedy