Channel Awesome is a YouTube channel with over 1.25 million subscribers and approaching one billion views of their videos. Most famous for the Nostalgia Critic–a wise cracking film critic who centers attention on not-so-good movies that one would associate with childhood or adolescence–Channel Awesome has been amusing and ticking off entertainment enthusiasts since 2014 with their unique take on all aspects of pop culture.
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Doug is best known for his character The Nostalgia Critic from ChannelAwesome.com, who reviews bad movies and TV shows connected to childhood. He’s also noted for having a long standing “rivalry” with The Angry Video Game Nerd. He’s appeared on PBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, 20/20, Rifftrax, Honest Trailers, Cinema Sins, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the Mashable Awards as well as one of the Best YouTube Critics by WatchMojo.com. He’s performed with Mike Nelson, James Rolfe, Mara Wilson, Dante Basco, Paul Dini, Andre Meadows, Rob Paulsen, Maurice Lamarche, Don Bluth, and has been praised by the late Roger Ebert. His image even appeared in the anime Zettai Karen Children. He’s more than a God, but less than a man…or is it the other way around? Either way just watch him! He clearly needs the attention.
From telling you about the new McCafe items at McDonald’s to tormenting the Nostalgia Critic as Satan, Malcolm Ray is an actor, and voice actor. His skills go beyond acting with professional training in film and video as his major at Columbia College Chicago. In the span of his Bachelor career at Columbia, Malcolm has successfully completed his Interdisciplinary Film Degree, been the casting director for a practicum film, interned at O’Connor Casting, and has begun a professional acting career. He’s also studied courses in Columbia’s Radio and Theatre Departments including; Voice Over, Voice Acting for Animation, Radio Production, Stage Voice and more. Malcolm is represented as talent at the Stewart Talent agency in Chicago. As a freelance actor, he is currently hired talent for the online production company Channel Awesome. For over three years, he’s appeared alongside Doug Walker in many episodes of “Nostalgia Critic”.
Tamara Chambers is an actress and comedian from California. She studied Acting at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California but now lives in Chicago where she spends her days hiding from snow. No. Wait. She is a theater and film actress who does stand-up comedy. Yes. Tamara Is on the internet show The Nostalgia Critic alongside Doug Walker and is known mostly for her Character “Hyper Fan Girl”. Her favorite things are cats, comedy, and the Fallout franchise. Also microwaved popcorn. And lists. And movies she’s never seen.
The creative genius ultimately (or infamously) responsible for the Walker Brothers (after all, he IS their father) Barney is also the chief musician for Channel Awesome and is the Associate Technical Director for the studio, working alongside Jim Jarosz creating props, sets, costumes, cinematography and lighting. And when Doug needs a geezer in a review, Barney is reluctantly there, as in Pixels, Hocus Pocus, Face-off, Ghostbusters and his favorite (?) role, Bea Arthur in the Star Wars Christmas Special.
Actor, producer, and production designer at Channel Awesome, Inc., Jim Jarosz is responsible for the company’s sets, props, and costumes. He is the creator and producer of the show Awesome Build in which he showcases how he designs and builds props, makeup and costumes for various productions, most notably for the Nostalgia Critic. He also is the co-creator and co-producer of Awesome Comics and Orbit Report. Jim has appeared in several Nostalgia Critic episodes as a variety of characters, including the Sparkle Sparkle Sparkle Guy, Kylo Ren, and The Joker.
For the past 12 years, Brad Jones has been the creator and star of the popular YouTube and Channel Awesome series The Cinema Snob, a satirical look at exploitation cinema throughout the decades. As well as portraying The Cinema Snob on a weekly basis, Brad also keeps very busy, having created the animated series Lloyd, the movie review series Midnight Screenings, and is also the writer of the feature films Jesus Bro, Disco, and the upcoming Another Cinema Snob Movie!
Walter Banasiak is a Chicago area filmmaker and content creator for Channel Awesome, Inc. Some of his recent film work includes CITY OF GOLD and the self-produced miniseries, THE INFINITY TRINITY. He’s made online appearances in the popular long standing NOSTALGIA CRITIC series as well as writing and producing FANSCRIPTION and other shows for Channel Awesome.
Heather is the resident Channel Awesome Twitch Queen and can be seen on camera throughout the week in addition to running tech behind the scenes for the live-streams. She first joined the cast of Channel Awesome in 2016 for the show Awesome Comics. Since then, she has also appeared in and written for Orbit Report, Top 5, and Nostalgia Critic. In addition to Channel Awesome, she has her own Twitch variety channel (twitch.tv/heatherreusz) focusing mainly on story-driven games. When not gaming, Heather enjoys watching movies, TV shows, and anime and drinking craft beer with her friends. Find her on Twitter (@heatherreusz) or Instagram (@hreusz).
Aiyanna is a comedic performer and writer. She loves to perform various sketch and improv shows at Second City Training Center and The Annoyance. You may recognize her from Nostalgia Critic Reviews (including Harley Quinn in NC’s Suicide Squad and Beverley in NC’s It Chapter 1 & 2) or Channel Awesome’s Top 5. She also voices Becky and Sunny in the animated series Multiplex 10.
Friday at 7:30 pm in Grand Gallery A-C
The Nostalgia Critic and the Cinema Snob
The Critic and the Snob
These two internet critics have been friends for years, but this is the first time they have done a Q&A just about them. Find out how they started, how they discovered each other, and how they combined talents for both Channel Awesome and the Cinema Snob Movies. Now that he’s a cat owner himself, find out what Doug really thinks of Lloyd. It’s two of the nets most beloved characters together at last.
Saturday at 7:30 pm in Monroe Rooms
The Entire Channel Awesome gang
Movies Everybody Disagrees with You On
Have you ever had that movie you love but everyone else hates, or that movie you hate but everyone else loves? Well now’s your chance to make your voice heard! Join Doug Walker and the Nostalgia Critic gang in discussing what and why certain films get more attention than others should, and see if your movie is celebrated or despised as much as you think!
Sunday at 2:00 pm in Grand Gallery A-C
Nostalgia Critic Q&A
Have some aching questions for the near sighted one himself? Well now’s your chance to ask! Join Doug Walker and the Nostalgia Critic gang as they answer all the questions you have about their characters and the production of the Nostalgia Critic videos.