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November 20, 2023

Smosh Partners with Kiswe For “Anthony Is Dead: The Funeral Roast”, First Live Ticketed Event Since Historic Company Buyback

The Eagerly Anticipated Live Stream Event To Feature All Star Comedy Cast, Musical Performances and Surprise Celebrity Guests

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - November 20, 2023 - It was announced today that long running internet-first comedy brand Smosh will be live streaming their first ticketed event since original founders Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox’s historic buyback of the company earlier this year. “Anthony Is Dead: The Funeral Roast” will feature an all star cast of Smosh comedians and surprise celebrity guests roasting the comedian and Smosh co-founder, in a “funeral” like setting. Continuing their long standing relationship, Smosh will be partnering with leading cloud-based video solutions platform Kiswe, best known for providing seamless and immersive streaming experience for fans. “Anthony is Dead: The Funeral Roast,” will premiere on December 8, 2023, at 6:00 PM PT/9PM ET. 

Anthony is Dead: The Funeral Roast” promises to be a night to remember and will feature an entertaining blend of macabre, comedy and entertainment, reinvigorating the breakout series with exciting new twists and turns. “Smosh is honored to be roasting Anthony, who’s comedic vision pioneered not only this company, but also creator culture at large, during its founding over 18 years ago,” says Smosh CEO, Alé Catanese.

In addition to “Anthony is Dead: The Funeral Roast,” the event will feature a “Pre-Funeral Stream,” a musical halftime show, opportunities for fans to submit their own roasts, and a VIP aftershow, complete with a Q&A session and a segment dedicated to the funniest rejected roasts.

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Smosh,” said Glenn Booth, CEO of Kiswe. “The team at Smosh understands how to captivate an audience and fully leverage all of Kiswe’s interactive capabilities to ensure fans are participating - versus merely watching. Smosh shows are always some of the most engaging and dynamic events and we are looking forward to being part of this latest series.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit live.smosh.com/show/Funeral

About Kiswe:

Kiswe is an award-winning technology company that helps partners fully monetize their content. Trusted by the world’s biggest entertainment and sports brands, Kiswe allows customers to seamlessly customize content for specific audiences, distribute content live or on-demand to their audience with branded ticketing and event websites, and create interactive direct to fan experiences. For more information, visit www.kiswe.com.

About Smosh:

Founded in 2005, Smosh is an American, digital-first, sketch comedy/improv collective and production company founded by Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox. Best known for their unique sketches and “friendship first” approach to comedy, Padilla first created a website named "smosh.com" for making flash animations. He was later joined by Hecox, and the two began to upload videos to the newly formed YouTube in the autumn of 2005, quickly becoming one of the most popular channels to exist on the platform to date.

KISWE CONTACTS:

Cassady Nordeen

Cassady@purposenorthamerica.com

SMOSH CONTACT:

Dave Kim

DaveKimPR@gmail.com

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