The Rooster Teeth Podcast was created in late 2008 under the original name, “Drunk Tank”.  Since its creation, The RT Podcast has recorded 451 episodes and counting. Every episode is between 1- 2 hours and has been streamed and recorded in an audio-only format but, every episode after number 99 has also had recorded video.  Since its humble beginnings, the RT Podcast has reached impressive levels of notoriety. Some accolades include holding the position of the #1 downloaded podcast on iTunes for a decent amount of time.  Currently they can still be seen listed on iTunes’ popular comedy podcasts page.

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The podcast is usually hosted by one of the founders of the company Rooster Teeth,Gus Sorola, who is (usually) accompanied by  fellow founder, Burnie Burns, and two early employees: Gavin Free and Barbara Dunkelman.  Each of these individuals have worked in internet entertainment for a long time.  Gus and Burnie were early adopters of current mainstream internet.  They launched their “internet careers” with the creation and distribution of a web series called Red vs Blue.  Eventually, they became frequent users of early YouTube and as time went on they continued to post more and more content through various channels and creators.

As of now, Rooster Teeth is a successful production company under the umbrella of Fullscreen. (“Fullscreen, Inc. is a global network which offers tools, services, and consultation to YouTube content creators and brands owned by Otter Media, a joint venture of AT&T and The Chernin Group”).

“Rooster Teeth is a pioneering studio responsible for some of the biggest online series in history, such as the award-winning and longest-running web series, Red vs. Blue. They also produce the globally acclaimed animated series RWBY, the first western anime series to be distributed in Japan; the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast; and Immersion, a reality format that brings video game theory to the real world. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 35 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 5 million unique monthly visitors to its hub, and 2 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003, and is now a subsidiary of Fullscreen Media, a global youth media company that develops online creators and produces multi-platform entertainment experiences.”

The RT Podcast makes money through sponsorships and advertisements.  Rooster Teeth also uses the RT Podcast to increase paid membership of their own website by creating “post-shows” of the Podcast that are only available to paying members.  Some sponsors of the RT Podcast include: Dollar Shave Club, Pizza Hut, Squarespace, etc.Screen Shot 2017-10-06 at 4.04.21 PM.png

The Rooster Teeth Podcast is just one of their many successful endeavors into the  various realms of entertainment.  While Rooster Teeth produces vast amounts of content in a plethora of different outputs, I find the RT Podcast to be the most entertaining content they have produced to date.

I feel that the main appeal of this particular podcast comes from the booming personalities of the members combined with their extensive experience within the fields of tech and entertainment.  Most of the entertainment comes from heated, yet friendly, arguments about random topics within these fields, which can lead to some very interesting insights.  These insights can sometimes be masked by the absurdity of the environment but that too is what is appealing about this particular podcast. It doesn’t take itself seriously.  I find this to be extremely refreshing, especially coming from such a well received and vastly popular podcast.  Watching the RT Podcast, you get the feeling of hanging out with a group of overly passionate peers who love discussing and arguing about gaming, tech, and entertainment.  This “hangout” vibe allows the listener or viewer to relax and follow along as a perceived equal, creating an overall mellow mood (even with all the arguing).


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