Channel Awesome is a YouTube channel with over one million subscribers and 460 million 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.
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.
From Santa Christ to the Executor in To Boldly Flee, Rob Walker always plays a big role in the creation of the show Nostalgia Critic. He co-writes each episode, plays several hilarious characters, and also co-hosts the blog series Sibling Rivalry with his brother Doug. Always having a quick comeback (except when he doesn’t), he’s there to entertain.
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.
9:30 pm in Monroe Rooms
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, the website, or Channel Awesome!
1:30 pm in the Monroe Room
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!
Cards Against Humanity With Channel Awesome
Are you a big Channel Awesome fan? Then you’re in luck! Drop by the Chase Board Room in the gaming area on Saturday night for some ridiculous laughs and wild humor with Cards Against Humanity! There will be opportunities to watch and you might even get a chance to sit in and play a few hands. Space for this event may be limited, so be sure to come a little early to grab a seat.