Hofstetter in August 2007
|Birth name||Steven Ira Hofstetter|
|Born||September 11, 1979|
Queens, New York
|Genres||Observational comedy, satire/political satire, social commentary|
|Subject(s)||American culture, American politics, current events, pop culture, religion, foreign policy, ignorance|
Steven Ira Hofstetter (born September 11, 1979) is an American comedian and television personality. As of July 7, 2019, his YouTube channel has accumulated over 130,000,000 views. Hofstetter starred in the FS1 special Finding Babe Ruth, has been a regular panelist on MLB Now on MLB Network, and was the host and executive producer of Laughs on Fox television stations.
Hofstetter has made a number of television appearances, including ESPN's Quite Frankly, Showtime's White Boyz in the Hood, VH1's Countdown, ABC's Barbara Walters Special, and CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He has also been featured by local news programs in Boston, Atlanta, Louisville, Tulsa, Miami, and many other markets. He is a frequent guest on radio stations all over the country, especially sports stations.
He graduated from Hunter College High School in 1997 and received his B.A. from Columbia University's School of General Studies in 2002. There, Hofstetter wrote for the Columbia Spectator and served as President of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Hofstetter's had a career as a comedian in Los Angeles, and also owned comedy clubs in Louisville and Indianapolis. He gained a reputation by responding to hecklers and posting those on YouTube, which garnered so many views that Fox Television offered him a series called Laughs, a half-hour showcase for standup comedians, which debuted in August 2014. Shortly after its premiere, SAG/AFTRA issued a "Do Not Work" notice to its members due to Fox's choice to make the show a non-union production. This touched off a controversy about whether or not all television shows should be union productions, during which Hofstetter received the brunt of the criticism.
He tapes his shows to prove they're not edited; he told the Orlando Sentinel, "People like seeing other people get what they deserve ... You can't fake a heckler clip. People are excited to see someone who's ruining everyone else's time get their comeuppance". As of March 19, 2019, his YouTube channel has over 477,000 subscribers.
In March 2006, Hofstetter and Razor & Tie announced the April 4 release of Cure for the Cable Guy, a 45-minute CD/DVD that featured a cover with a Larry the Cable Guy Doll hanging by a coax cable. The disc earned Stuff Magazine's "Album cover of the month". Later that week, Larry the Cable Guy's new film debuted and was universally panned. Several movie reviewers discussed Hofstetter's album, including the Orlando Sentinel's Roger Moore. Moore's review was picked up by dozens of papers across the country, including the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, and Columbus Dispatch. Hofstetter did radio interviews about the album, including one with Philadelphia's Kidd Chris show, where Hofstetter spoke with Larry the Cable Guy's alter ego, Dan Whitney. Whitney ended the interview with his catch phrase, "Git-R-Done."
The album's cover was compared to the Sex Pistols' "Pink Floyd Sucks" T-shirts. Allmusic's Bret Love wrote, "Hofstetter effectively rebels against the mainstream by positioning himself as the antithesis of the world's most popular comedian. What could be more punk rock than that?"
In July, an article in the New Yorker quoted Whitney as saying Hofstetter had been hurtful, and Whitney's manager criticizing Hofstetter for "trying to make a buck". In response, Hofstetter posted a video on YouTube explaining his stance on the Cable Guy and his comedy.
In December 2007, Hofstetter announced his new album, Dark Side of the Room. While the album has a shelf date of March 2008, listeners are allowed to download it directly from his website with "Pay-What-You-Want" à la Radiohead's 2007 album In Rainbows.
Hofstetter is believed to be the first comedian to try the new model, and early returns reaffirm Radiohead's success.
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